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After the much larger, elaborate wind-up machine art declined in interest, wind-up toys were created very cheaply and in very large numbers by the 1800s. Wind-up machines then became known as wind-up toys, and were designed in all different forms to move around. European toy makers created and mass produced the first tin windup toys during the late 1880s. Over the next 60 to 70 years, more manufacturers created ever more intricate designs. The trend stopped with the introduction of the small and inexpensive Alkaline battery in the 1960s which allowed motors to run without a wind up mechanism. Over the next 20 years, wind up toys lost popularity.

Wind-up toys date far back into history, into the 15th century. Karel Grod, a German inventor, created some of the first wind-up toys, including a metal fly and a mechanical eagle. Also, in 1509, Leonardo da Vinci created a wind-up lion as a greeting for Louis XII in Italy. Wind-up toys were at first for only royalty, and were much more elaborate, with a very complex system of gears and springs. René Descartes also created a life-sized wind-up human girl to prove a theory that all animals were very complex machines. However, as legend goes, the mechanical girl was thrown overboard after a man was frightened by it.

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Lead by example

The best way to teach a toddler to pick up their toys, is to lead by example. You can play with their toys when they are doing the same, but once you signal that it is time to go, start putting the toys away and then encourage them to do the same. Not only will they want to copy you, but they would slowly turn it into a habit.

Playing with toys is one of the most fun things to do with a toddler, since it really helps show us just what the children enjoy and just how active their imaginations are. However, one of the draw backs to playing with toddlers, is to get them to pick up their toys once they are done, and for them to clear out the mess that they have made.