Quiz about Windy  Winding Toys
Quiz about Windy  Winding Toys

Windy & Winding Toys Trivia Quiz


The Four Winds have taken a step (or two) back in time to remember these toys requiring either wind or winding. Join us in our journey back through time!

A multiple-choice quiz by lones78. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
lones78
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
394,272
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
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1. Requiring wind for "lift" and lines (or tethers) to keep it from flying away which toy, originating in the 5th Century BC, can also be used as a piece of sporting equipment (if it is made big and strong enough)? Hint

Surf board
Drone
Basketball
Kite

2. Which winding toy (made of two connecting disks and a length of string) has been in use for thousands of years, and tends to go through a resurgence of use every few decades? Hint

Tonka truck
Hula hoop
Yo-yo
Pogo stick

3. Which toy, invented in the 1820s, requires wind (from the mouth, pump or gas bottle) to inflate it for use? Hint

Pool pony
Balloon
Sail boat
X Box

4. Most likely invented in the 16th Century and modernised in the 1930s, which winding toy consists of a box, a crank handle and a "surprise"? Hint

Lego technics
Mr Potato Head
GI Joe
Jack in the Box

5. Resembling a windmill, which toy, made of paper (or plastic curls) attached to a stick with a pin, was invented in 1919? Hint

Spinning top
Pinwheel
Spirograph
Wizzy stick

6. Which chattery windup toy inspired by the inventor's mother-in-law was originally released in 1949? Hint

Chattery teeth
Chattery telephone
Chattery duck
Chattery dinosaur

7. The Pon-Pon was invented in the 1960s and was a major craze for children in the 1970s and 80s. Inflated using wind power (ie, a pump), and bounced on by children around the world, this inflatable toy had many different names. Of the following list, which name was the toy NOT known as? Hint

Balloon baby
Kangaroo ball
Space hopper
Hippity hop

8. A patent for the keyless clockwork motor was granted in 1952. Also known as a pullback motor, which children's toy was the main usage of this type of wind-up technology? Hint

Yo-yo
Car
Barbie doll
Rubber duck

9. Widespread paper manufacture in 500 BC and the use of paper folding shortly after were the precursors to this timelessly classic toy. Whilst not needing wind directly to work, aerodynamics is important for which folded paper toy? Hint

Chatterbox
Paper plane
Jumping frog
Origami balloon

10. The modern version of the original ancient Roman form of this toy was invented in the 1920s. Requiring wind to be inflated, and creating wind as it is deflated, which toy is a favourite of fart joke lovers everywhere? Hint

Balloon animal
Airzooka
Whoopee cushion
BB gun


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Requiring wind for "lift" and lines (or tethers) to keep it from flying away which toy, originating in the 5th Century BC, can also be used as a piece of sporting equipment (if it is made big and strong enough)?

Answer: Kite

Mozi and Lu Ban, Chinese philosophers, are credited with inventing the kite in the 5th Century BC. The first paper kite was recorded as being used in 549 AD as a message for a rescue mission. Kites were initially used for scientific purposes, before being used for religions ceremonies and festivals, as well as being used as a toy.

In order to fly, kites must be made of lightweight materials - at least light enough to be lifted and held by the wind, and with the many different uses today they must be robust and strong. Kites have many uses nowadays including (but not limited to) science & meteorology, sports equipment (such as kite surfing), or just as toys.
2. Which winding toy (made of two connecting disks and a length of string) has been in use for thousands of years, and tends to go through a resurgence of use every few decades?

Answer: Yo-yo

The yo-yo is known to have been in use for thousands of years, with Greek records describing and showing the use of a yo-yo since 440 BC. After going through a few small design changes, but basically staying the same since it was first invented, the yo-yo was inducted into the (USA) National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.
3. Which toy, invented in the 1820s, requires wind (from the mouth, pump or gas bottle) to inflate it for use?

Answer: Balloon

Michael Faraday invented the rubber balloon in 1824. Toy balloons are mostly made from latex tapped from rubber trees and hold gas or liquids. Balloons come in many shapes and sizes and can be used for many different purposes. Rubber / latex balloons will eventually lose their air and ability to float, as the air from inside gradually leaks out through small pores in the latex.
4. Most likely invented in the 16th Century and modernised in the 1930s, which winding toy consists of a box, a crank handle and a "surprise"?

Answer: Jack in the Box

The first documented use of the Jack in the Box toy was in early 16th Century Germany. The toy was created by a clockmaker as a gift. In the 1930s, the box was made from tin instead of wood with images of bursary rhymes painted on the exterior. Typically, the toy will play a melody as the crank is turned with the surprise "popping" out the lid either at the end of the tune or at a critical point to ensure maximum surprise!
5. Resembling a windmill, which toy, made of paper (or plastic curls) attached to a stick with a pin, was invented in 1919?

Answer: Pinwheel

The modern version of the pinwheel was invented in 1919 by an Armenian toy manufacturer. There were previous versions of the toy, usually powered by wind and a running child, that were referred to as a "whirligig". A pinwheel requires wind to make it work - common times you'll see a pinwheel doing it's "thing" are when it's a windy day, when you blow directly into the curls, or when held aloft whilst running or moving quickly.
6. Which chattery windup toy inspired by the inventor's mother-in-law was originally released in 1949?

Answer: Chattery teeth

Chattery teeth were originally released as "Yakkity Yak Talking Teeth" by H Fishlove & Co and were designed by Eddy Goldfarb. The toy is wound up at the back and when released will usually move around a flat surface motivated by the up and down motion of the teeth. Some versions of the toy also have feet; the released toy will bounce around on its feet whilst the teeth chatter together.
7. The Pon-Pon was invented in the 1960s and was a major craze for children in the 1970s and 80s. Inflated using wind power (ie, a pump), and bounced on by children around the world, this inflatable toy had many different names. Of the following list, which name was the toy NOT known as?

Answer: Balloon baby

Other names for the Pon-Pon were moon hopper, skippyball, hoppity hop, sit and bounce, or hop ball as well as those listed as incorrect answers. The toy is basically a heavy rubber balloon with one or two handles protruding from the top. The idea was for children to sit on the balloon holding the handles and bouncing to move around.
8. A patent for the keyless clockwork motor was granted in 1952. Also known as a pullback motor, which children's toy was the main usage of this type of wind-up technology?

Answer: Car

Toy cars are the toy that benefits most from the pullback motor technology. Pulling the car backward (often while pressing down) winds up an internal spring which, when released, propels the car forward. A simple precursor to the pullback motor was a stretched rubber band, either wound around an axle or stretched linearly. Bertrand 'Fred' Francis was the person who was awarded the patent for the technology, however it is unclear as to whether or not he invented the technology in the first place.
9. Widespread paper manufacture in 500 BC and the use of paper folding shortly after were the precursors to this timelessly classic toy. Whilst not needing wind directly to work, aerodynamics is important for which folded paper toy?

Answer: Paper plane

Aerogami is the art of folding paper planes and is based on the ancient art of paper folding and origami. There are many thoughts as to who and when paper planes were invented. Some consider Leonardo Da Vinci as the creator of paper planes, and some think the Chinese snuck in prior to Da Vinci. Sir George Cayley in 1799 invented a paper glider, however it included more than just paper in the design.

The Paper Mafia consider Butler and Edwards' 1867 patent to be the closest resemblance to the folded paper plane toy that has been enjoyed seemingly forever.
10. The modern version of the original ancient Roman form of this toy was invented in the 1920s. Requiring wind to be inflated, and creating wind as it is deflated, which toy is a favourite of fart joke lovers everywhere?

Answer: Whoopee cushion

The whoopee cushion, also known as a farting bag, windy blaster, Razzberry Cushion or poo-poo cushion is a modern version of a similar item from ancient Rome. Invented by 14-year-old Roman emperor Elagabalus, the air pillows were placed on the seats of guests at the dinner table.

The JEM Rubber Co in Canada re-invented the ancient practical joke in the 1920s while experimenting with scraps of rubber sheeting.
Source: Author lones78

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