Wooden Ramp Walker Toy, Childhood

Childhood: Wooden Ramp Walking Toy

Wooden Ramp Walker toy WWII
Wooden Ramp Walker Toy,ILCLM Collections 2020

What was your favourite childhood toy?

We all had a favourite toy growing up, whether it was a doll or a football that was played with until it was ragged! Long after children have grown up, toys are powerful symbols and objects of childhood and are a way of bringing back old memories.

We have recently received a number of donated toys into the Museum collection, one of which was this wooden ramp walker toy. It was purchased in Frankfurt, Germany in the aftermath of WWII and brought back to Lisburn by the owner for his children. Read more about the story here.

Wooden ramp walker toy in motion




Powered by gravity, the toy works by having just one moving foot, which is connected with the stationary foot and the two combine to give the impression of ‘walking motion down the ramp’. Both of the feet have the same continued round cure at its base to allow it to rock.

What was your favourite toy as a child? Let us know in the comments!

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