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Toys and other things to play with

action figure

noun

a toy model of a person or imaginary being, especially a character in a film or a television programme

balloon

noun

a small coloured bag of thin rubber that you fill with air, used as a child’s toy or a decoration

beanbag

noun

a small cloth bag filled with small soft plastic balls, used for throwing and catching

brick

noun

a small block of plastic or wood, used by children for building things

building block

noun

one of a set of solid pieces of wood or plastic that young children play with

cap

noun

a small amount of explosive that is used to make a loud noise in a toy gun called a cap gun

catapult

noun

an object that children use for firing stones. It consists of a stick in the shape of a ‘Y’ with a thin band of rubber across the top. The American word is slingshot.

Dinky Toy

a small toy car or truck

dollhouse

noun

a doll’s house

doll’s house

noun

a toy house where children put dolls and toy furniture

face paint

noun

special thick bright make-up used on children’s faces to create animal faces or draw designs

Frisbee

a round piece of plastic that you throw to another person in a game played outside

gyroscope

noun

a wheel that stays steady when it spins around inside a frame, used for controlling the movement of ships and aircraft or as a child’s toy

hobby horse

noun

a toy with a wooden horse’s head on a long stick that a child can pretend to ride

hoop

noun

a large ring that children use for jumping through and swinging round their waist

Hula-Hoop

a very large ring that you try to keep spinning round your waist by quickly moving your hips

jack

noun

a small metal or plastic object with six points used for playing jacks

jack-in-the-box

noun

a toy that consists of a box with a small model of a man on a spring inside it. The man jumps up when the lid of the box opens.

kaleidoscope

noun

a toy that shows changing patterns, consisting of a tube with coloured pieces inside

kite

noun

a toy that flies in the air while you hold it by a long string

Lego

a children’s toy used for building models with small colourful plastic bricks that fit together and come apart again

Meccano

a type of children’s toy made of pieces of metal and plastic that can be fitted together to build models of things such as bridges, machines, and cars

mud pie

noun

a lump of mud made into a round shape by a child

pea-shooter

noun

a small tube that children use for blowing hard objects, especially dried peas, at someone or something

peepshow

noun

a box containing moving pictures that you look at through a small hole, used in the past for entertainment

piñata

noun

a container filled with sweets or presents that you hang from the ceiling at a party for children to hit with sticks and break while their eyes are covered

plasticine

a type of soft substance like clay, used especially by children for making models

plaything

noun

a toy

pogo stick

noun

a toy used for jumping around. It consists of a pole with two short bars for your feet.

pop-gun

noun

a children’s toy gun that shoots harmless small objects

poster paint

noun

a type of paint that is used especially by children for painting pictures

rattle

noun

a baby’s toy that rattles when it is shaken

Rubik’s Cube

a puzzle in the form of a box with nine different coloured squares on each side. You have to move its parts so that each side shows only one colour.

sandcastle

noun

a pile of sand that is made in the shape of a castle or tower, usually by children on a beach

scooter

noun

a child’s vehicle consisting of a board with two small wheels and an upright handle. You stand on the board with one foot and push with the other.

security blanket

noun

a blanket or piece of cloth that a young child carries to help them to feel more confident

skipping rope

noun

a rope that you swing over your head and under your feet as you jump. The American word is jump rope.

slingshot

noun

a children’s catapult for firing stones

spade

noun

a toy that children use for digging in sand or earth

squirt gun

noun

a water pistol

stilt

noun

one of two long narrow pieces of wood with places to put your feet on so that you can stand on them to walk high above the ground

stink bomb

noun

an object that produces a very unpleasant smell, used as a joke

top

noun

a child’s toy that spins around on a point

toy

noun

an object that a child can play with, especially a model of a real thing such as a car or an animal

toy

noun

used for describing a toy that is a model of a particular thing

train set

noun

a child’s toy consisting of small trains and a track

water pistol

noun

a small toy gun that shoots water

whirligig

noun

a small toy that spins

whoopee cushion

noun

a rubber cushion filled with air that you put on someone’s chair as a joke because it makes a loud rude noise when they sit on it

windmill

noun

a toy that consists of a long stick with curved pieces of plastic at the top that turn in the wind

yo-yo

noun

a toy consisting of a round plastic or wooden object on the end of a string that you can make rise and fall by tying the string to your finger and moving your hand up and down

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