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What Toys Did Caveman Kids Play With To Pass The Time

Back in the days, when home was a cave stuck on the face of a cliff.

Kids, babies, cubs, kittens or whatever you like to call the offspring, all have one thing in common. They love to play. So I think we can safely assume that caveman kids played. But with what did they play with.

What amused the minds of our ancestor’s kids. When they were lying around the fire after a hard day learning about staying alive. We are still trying to work out the minor details of the past lives of children of prehistory, but we can dream.

Anyway, were the first jigsaw puzzles just leaves that had been ripped up into little pieces so the little ones could put them back together. Was this a teaching aid so the kids could learn which plants were safe to eat. We will possible never know but it is good to ponder.

Back in prehistory, before houses and cars and TVs, video games and all the modern gadgets that we have nowadays. What toys did caveman kids play with, when daddy was out hunting the mighty mammoth or giant sloth. And mommy was gathering vegetables and herbs and grasses and whatever else they ate back then.

Anyway many artifacts have been dug up, mostly bone and rock carving of people and wild animals. Beautiful carvings, something to be really proud of. Don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, it might have been made by a dotting daddy for his little son.

In the future when future man digs up what we leave behind, what conclusions will they come to. Looking at some of the dinosaur toys available, would they conclude that these beasts actually walked among the skyscrapers.

In the 25th century if you dug up an old car toy that hadn’t rusted away, how would you explain it.

Would you say it was some sort of God that we worshiped, or was it a decorative item we used to show power. It could have been a model of the king’s chariot.

But do we stop to think, that it may have been something for our kids to play with. While we were out making more money to buy even more things for our kids to play with.

We have war games with tiny toy soldiers and cowboy and Indian sets. What is to stop the tiny carved human figures from prehistory being toys to teach the kids the best way to hunt down a mammoth or rhino or deer.

If we made some replica models of some of the artifacts, and gave them to our kids to play with in the sand pit. We might see them reenacting a mammoth hunt or chasing a wild deer into the ground.

Some of the most valuable artifacts would suddenly be delegated from God status to kid status.

I like to look at what we do now and them dream about what could have happened in the caveman days.

Nowadays in any toy shop there is a shelf of toy plastic animals. Anything we see in the wild or on the farm or in the home is there in little packets.

Did the caveman kids also have collections of toys. Now, our kids even have toy cavemen to play with, so what did caveman kids play with.

I can remember “Fred Flintstone” on TV but did Pebbles and BamBam have any toys. All I can remember is BamBam running around with this big club. Now you can buy big air-filled clubs and hammers that don’t hurt when they hit you on the head.

But back to reality, kids love to play and caveman kids would also have played, but with what.

Toy bows and arrows and toy spears. Like kids today who love anything to do with war. Would all the spear points belong to daddy’s toolbox or would the smaller ones belong to the son.

They must have had something to play with, but with what.

Maybe in the future someone scratching around in a long forgotten cave will unearth the Barbie prototype. Or the lovely bird carved from a long dead mammoth tusk just might have been from mummy to daughter.

And not some elegantly carved offering to an unknown God.

 

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My Story:  How I Got Here

     I started out in Auckland, New Zealand when it was a good time to be a New Zealander. At the time we were supposedly the best country to live in, but in the 80’s that all changed. We dropped dramatically and anyone who could leave left for greener pastures overseas. I ended up as an Exchange Student at Minnesota – St. Paul University. There I thought I was going to save the world so I took a block course on “Education Extension in Developing Countries” It was quite an eye opener about how you could teach people with no teaching materials.

After playing around in the USA for a few more years it was time to head down into Mexico and start to save the world. In Mexico City I started learning Spanish at the Universdad Da Mexico City and teaching English in a small private school. Learning Spanish wasn’t too good but teaching English was.

I was fascinated by the magic aura of big cities, and Mexico City at that time was one of the biggest. Then it was back to civilization for a few years, but the lure of developing countries and trying to save the world was still in my blood. So in the early 1990’s I crashed in Jember in Indonesia and it was a beautiful place, relaxed and laid back. Mind you that was before the place went mad and I could never understand why.

Asia was now firmly planted in my blood and the Middle Kingdom was calling so it was an easy hop to Hong Kong. Hong Kong before the Handover was screaming out for teachers, anyone would do. Here I was stuck in a big modern city, but I paid the price in stress and crowded living. I loved it all the same, and to get away from the crowds and the pressure all it took was a jump across the border. We all had to leave after HK went back to China so it was onto China.

This was China before it went economically mad and they were screaming out for teachers. So it was back to a developing country but this country was developing into an economical powerhouse that would influence the world for years to come. Anyway to tackle the adult students –who were all learning English so they could immigrate to a better life, only to realize if they had stayed in China they would be in the top of their fields — we were teaching everything from beginner to advanced and everything in between. They were the good old days and at that time it was all adult students. We were surrounded by friends who would always help you when you needed it.

With all this feverish study going on all around me I caught the bug and in 2004 ended up back at University in little old New Zealand as a very adult student. This time doing a “Graduate Diploma In Adult Teaching and Learning” at Massey U with a major in ESL. The only trouble was after I came back to China in 2008 the adult teaching market had collapsed and was being replaced by kindergarten and primary school. So it was onto teaching kids and this wasn’t so bad. To help the kids I had to learn new things and this is where I was first introduced to the “Montessori Method of Teaching.” I tried it out and it was so successful I never looked back. Now all I teach is kindergarten and primary school, the adult market has collapsed.

With the Middle Kingdom heading for superpower status it is now fast churning out traffic-jammed mega-cities, clouded in pollution. It is getting too difficult to get to the schools. I spend most of my life in traffic jams and endless queues at the supermarket and every morning I wait for the pollution cloud to lift. So it was time to find something else to bring in the daily bread. As they say the next big thing is the internet, so a couple of years ago I set up this website. It started out as a teaching reading website and has grown, it is still not big enough to live off but I am working on that.

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The Internet and Me

I’m heading to 60 in the next couple of years and I’ve been apart of this internet thing for as long as I can remember. I started out on computers before Win98 and the first modem I got was a, I think, 28 and I upgraded to 33 I think, and I thought the world has just got incredible fast. Then I think we went to 56.

I not sure, some people would say Alzheimer’s was setting in, but I just read on the internet this morning, that old people are slow because they have a lot of memories they have to sift through, to get to what they are looking for, and I’m going back a few years.

I think I was the first person in my apartment block to have internet, as I was the only apartment to get a bill from the internet company. But that all changed. Fast. Anyway when my win98 clapped out from old age I upgraded to xp then onto Win7 and now I’ve finally made it to Win10

I still tell the younger generation about a scene from “Scary Movie 3” when Cindy types in a name into the search box, and then pop, pop, pop the whole screen is full of advertisements popups. They don’t believe me. That is what the internet was like in the good old days. It has changed a lot since then.

Thinking back to my internet days I can’t remember when I started these things and I could probably look them up on the internet but why. I checked out secondlife back when my kid was 3 and now she is 17 so it has been a few years. And I still potter round on secondlife on Sundays when I go to church.

It’s a good life. Most things kids take for granted we were at the forefront. My niece was utterly amazed that I was on facebook before her as her dad, my brother is a bit slow when it comes to tech.

One of the saddest days of my internet life, was when they shut down the alternative health forum I belonged too. I never met any of the people on the forum, but they were my friends. We had some great chats then. To date, nothing has replaced that in my life.

Another memorable internet moment was, when I was teaching English in China and I was on my favorite online game, and it come up in the chat box ‘Bad earthquake in China’ I said ‘I was in China and I knew nothing’ there was nothing on the news sites. The game nearly came to standstill as people were trying to find out what was going on, there were condolences in the chat box. We knew it was bad, very bad as a few of the gamers were on site, but we never knew it was that terrible. Then it was back to the game.

The internet was the future and I wanted to be a part of it. Next it was time to have a go at online education. I did my Graduate Diploma online, took a couple of years but I finished it. Now that is the way of the future of education, now I am into MOOCs instead of MOOGs.

Before SARS circled the globe I checked the internet typing in all the symptoms and the only thing that came up was a bioweapon. I was a bit worried. But that what the internet was all about, instant information and I loved it.

The first book I brought off amazon.com was a disaster. They sent the wrong book. I don’t know if it was deliberate or not, but I do have my suspicions. It was one of the subsidiaries that sell on Amazon, and they sent me a way out of date book by the same author. I was really pissed off to say the least as I wanted that book. One of the pitfalls of buying on the internet is, it costs more than the book is worth to post it back. I still haven’t brought that book.

Here is a snippet of what I have on the internet

I’ve had a website for years,

tried my own TV channel on ustream.tv,

have a secondlife.com avatar,

profile pages on twitter.com and linkedin.com,

put videos up on youtube.com and viddler.com,

even set up an internet business,

published books on amazon.com and lulu.com,

put up pdfs to scribd.com to read free online,

articles to hubpages.com and squidoo.com,

and that doesn’t include the things I’ve forgotten about.

Just to find out what is about me on the internet, my internet footprint, I google my name and all the other log in names I can remember.

And to top it off I went to my mum’s funeral on skype. I was sitting there behind my screen, ten hours by plane away, in a tie and shorts watching the funeral procession. Even at the wake I saw mum lying there peacefully. That was a first for a lot of people. Even the funeral director said it was a first. But that is the future. The internet has kept the family together, skyping around the globe and sending emails faster than the eye can see.

But I am getting left behind now. Before I was ahead of the curve, but now the curve has overtaken me. I still use tech I am comfortable with. I haven’t updated, I’m still using Win10. Now I use open office and kampozer instead of microsoft office. When this computer claps out I’ll upgrade, right how there is no need too.

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