Climbing frog

Czech wooden toys forces educational toys climbing frog. Approximate size (not incuding strings): 12 x 10 x 2 cms. 75 gms.

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Climbing frog

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This is a beautiful handmade and hand painted double cord climbing toy. It has a top bar with a loop on to hang up on a door or wall. It demonstrates a number of forces in action. Hold the ends of each of the cords in each hand. Keeping them taut pull the left and right downwards and the frog climbs to the bar at the top. When one releases the cords (the tension) gravity makes it descend ready for the next go. Pull, tension, friction and gravity forces are all at work in that order. Climbing toys are a classic traditional toy of unknown origin, but maybe sailors who hauled ropes on long and boring voyages came up with the idea. The same mechanism would enable a flag or sail to be hoisted to the top of a mast in the absence of a pulley wheel. They became very popular in the late nineteenth century and then again during the 1930s. They are wonderful motivators in a nursery, playgroups and schools for young children helping to develop basic hand-eye coordination and multi-tasking. They are great fun for kids of all ages and some adults too.

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