Russian Wooden Toys
In rural, wooded areas of Russia, parents carved movable wooden toys for their children and they made many unique styles and forms. They usually carved animals that were native to their area such as bears, chickens and rabbits. The toys were constructed so that these animals could dance and do such things as eat from bowls, peck at seed on the ground, ski, and perform other activities. In the 16th century, these articles started being sold in the marketplace in the town of Bogorodskoye. Today, many of these articulated toys come from that area. Many new themes are being carved. There are bears at work at computers, bears that play guitars and pianos, hockey playing bears and many other types. The original toys were unpainted, showing the beautiful white birch wood. Today, you can find these unpainted toys or can choose from a gallery of painted ones.