History, types and materials[ edit ] Early history and traditional dolls[ edit ] A typical Egyptian paddle doll from — BC The earliest dolls were made from available materials such as clay , stone, wood , bone , ivory , leather , or wax. Archaeological evidence places dolls as the foremost candidate for the oldest known toy. Wooden paddle dolls have been found in Egyptian tombs dating to as early as the 21st century BC. Archaeologists have discovered Greek dolls made of clay and articulated at the hips and shoulders. Dolls have been found in the graves of Roman children. Like children today, the younger members of Roman civilization would have dressed their dolls according to the latest fashions.