The Stories Behind the Toys – Inventor Inspiration

May 29, 2012 | As National Inventors Month comes to a close, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has compiled a list of toys – and the fascinating stories behind them – to keep toymakers and toy enthusiasts inspired all year long.

Built on a foundation of innovation, the toy industry depends upon the vision, creativity, perseverance and drive of inventors and designers to bring toys and games from idea to fruition.  These new ideas are the backbone of the toy industry and the need for innovative product is constant. 

Visit to learn about a few inventors from long ago who created the classic playthings that have touched lives for generations … and read about the innovators behind some popular modern-day toys and games.

Homage to all inventors was paid throughout May as part of National Inventors Month, which promotes the positive image of individual inventors and their contributions to society. National Inventors Month (formerly held in August) was launched in 1998 by the United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors’ Digest magazine.