In rural, wooded areas of Russia, parents
carved movable wooden toys for their
children and they made many unique styles
and forms. They usually carved animals that
were native to their area such as bears,
chickens and rabbits. The toys were
constructed so that these animals could
dance and do such things as eat from bowls,
peck at seed on the ground, ski, and perform
other activities. In the 16th century, these
articles started being sold in the
marketplace in the town of Bogorodskoye.
Today, many of these articulated toys come
from that area. Many new themes are being
carved. There are bears at work at
computers, bears that play guitars and
pianos, hockey playing bears and many other
types. The original toys were unpainted,
showing the beautiful white birch wood.
Today, you can find these unpainted toys or
can choose from a gallery of painted ones.