A toy is an item that can be used for play. Toys are generally played with by children and pets. Playing with toys is an enjoyable means of training the young for life in society. Different materials are used to make toys enjoyable to both young and old. Many items are designed to serve as toys, but goods produced for other purposes can also be used. For instance, a small child may pick up a household item and "fly" it through the air as to pretend that it is an airplane. Another consideration is interactive digital entertainment. Some toys are produced primarily as collector's items and are intended for display only.

Toys, and play in general, are important when it comes to growing up and learning about the world around us. The young use toys and play to discover their identity, help their bodies grow strong, learn cause and effect, explore relationships, and practice skills they will need as adults. Adults use toys and play to form and strengthen social bonds, teach, remember and reinforce lessons from their youth, discover their identity, exercise their minds and bodies, explore relationships, practice skills, and decorate their living spaces.


Action figures, Cars and radio controlled, Construction toys, Creative toys, Dolls, Educational toys, Executive toys, Food-related toys, Games,  Model building, Physical activity and dexterity, Puzzle/assembly, Science and optical, Sound toys, Spinning toys,  Stuffed animals


A hobby shop (or hobby store) sells recreational modelling and craft supplies and specialty magazines for model airplanes (both military craft and airliners), train models, ship models, house and building models. Some hobby shops may also sell dolls, and collectible coins and stamps. A subtype of hobby shop is a game store, which sells board games and role playing games. In other cases, some hobby shops sell jigsaw puzzles, R/C cars, boats, and model or remote control planes. Another subtype of hobby shop is the Computer Store, which sells computers, software, services, and training. Because of the ever evolving nature of technology (and its integration into products), Training and Education are becoming increasingly important in hobby shops.

Computer Hobby Shop

Computer hobby shops have traditionally sold computers, related network equipment, and services, more often than not, they are selling "training" in software. As technology continues to evolve, the post "dot com" computer hobby shops have transformed these equipment and services to hands-on training environments where people gather and learn from one another. This is because several people who work in technology also have it as a hobby.

Hobby stores:

Plastic (Airplanes, Boats, Cars & Trucks, Display Cases, Helicopters, Military, Motorcycles, Other Publications, Spacecraft) , Rocketry (Accessories, Kits, Publications, Sets), Tools (Building Supplies, Decals & Masks, Diorama Accessories, Reference Materials, Tires & Wheels, Vehicle Accessories), Wooden Kits (Airplanes, Boats, Other, Pinewood Derby)