IELTS A Toy You Liked In Your Childhood: Below are the sample answers of Parts 2 and 3 of the recent IELTS Speaking topic about a toy that you liked playing during your childhood days. Study how the monologue in Part 2 is developed and get ideas on how to discuss your answers in Part 3.


Talking about your favorite toy in your childhood is not complicated at all, you just have to learn what descriptive words or topic vocabulary words you can use in order for you to develop your story better. Also, understand the questions in Part 3 thoroughly and make sure to deliver a good discussion. Good luck and achieve your target band score! 









Describe a toy you liked in your childhood

You should say:

What kind of toy it was

When you received it

Who gave it

And explain how you played it 



A N S W E R 


As early as four years old, I already enjoyed swimming since my family’s residence was close to a slow-moving and tranquil lake in the country.  I spent most of my weekends playing with my mom and dad at the lake. When my uncle learned that I was more than eager to swim in the lake, he bought me an inflatable swim ring with a rubber yellow duck squeaker toy as a freebie. 




Tranquil [adj.] – calm; peaceful

The country [noun] – countryside

Inflatable [adj.] – capable of being filled with air

Swim ring [noun] – a circular shape rubber that can be inflated and used for swimming to avoid drowning 

Squeaker [noun] – a toy that produces a short and high-pitched sound when squeezes

Freebie [noun] – a thing that is provided for free 



i.) The speaker developed his introduction by not immediately talking about a specific toy. Instead, he talked about his love of swimming and his residence which was located near a lake. That serves as his foundation of his story. After that, he then connected it to the toy which he considered as his favorite which was related to his interest in swimming. The introductory part is smoothly-developed. 


It’s still vivid in my memory how elated I was when I got those presents from my uncle during his once-a-year visit to our tiny house. I didn’t really pay much attention to the swim ring but I was so focused on the rubber yellow duck squeaker toy that he gave. I was entertained playing it, which made me burst into laughter every time I squeezed it for innumerable times. The sound it created was strange to me and at the same time, really hilarious. I might not realize it then, how noisy it was for my parents and my uncle. 




Vivid [adj.] – clear

Burst into laughter [phrase] – to suddenly begin to laugh

Innumerable [adj.] – countless

Hilarious [adj.] – very amusing




i.) In this part, the speaker started recalling his childhood memories playing with his favorite toy, the first time he got that toy. He gave a description to his toy so the examiner would be able to understand better. This was the start of answering the prompt in the cue card ‘how you played it’. 


Anyway, whenever I played with my parents at the lake, I always had my squeaker with me. I built a castle with my squeaker at the shore, swam with it, and I pretended to be a lifesaver when it moved far away from me. I could say, I really had a wonderful and memorable time with that favorite toy of mine. It was like my buddy whenever I spent time at the lake. 


As I was the only child, I created a special kind of bond with my toys, most especially with that yellow duck squeaker. Interestingly, every time I see some squeakers these days, I always have a bittersweet feeling – realizing how beautiful the innocence I had when I was still a child and learning how time flies. 




Shore [noun] – the land along the edge of the lake

Lifesaver [noun] – a lifeguard working on a beach

Buddy [noun] – a close friend

Bittersweet [adj.] – an emotional feeling with a mixture of happy and sad

Time flies [expression] – used to express that time passes quickly




i.) THIRD PARAGRAPH: The speaker continued talking about how he played with that toy to extend his story and for him to make the examiner understand why it was his favorite toy. This is needed so he could justify why that toy  became his favorite toy among other toys.

ii.) FOURTH PARAGRAPH: The speaker ended his story by talking about his emotional connection with that favorite toy of his and wrapped up this part in a creative way by sharing his reflection about how beautiful his childhood and how time passed quickly. A wonderful ending of his story.












What kinds of toys were famous in your childhood? How about these days?


Back in the day when there was no internet yet, toys such as dolls, toy guns, a flip over pet dog, remote controlled cars and helicopters, and some collectible anime characters were popular during my childhood. Those days were memorable since children lived a carefree and a happy life playing and sharing toys with other children that resulted in forging meaningful friendships.

However, these days, I have noticed that children become individualistic and less sociable. They just enjoy staying in the comfort of their homes playing some computer games for hours and hours.  Well, because of the advancement of technology, common toys nowadays are not something traditional or tangible but it is more computerized.




Back in the day [phrase] – expression used when talking about a time in the past, usually when remembering something nice about that time

Carefree [adj.] – unworried

Forge [verb] – create something strong

Individualistic [adj.] – refers to a person who shows great independence or individuality in thought and action

Tangible [adj.] – perceptible by touch

Computerize [verb] – be operated by computer




i.) The speaker started constructing his answer using a natural expression to recall his childhood, then enumerated some toys which were popular during his times. He then transitioned to talking about his realization on how wonderful those times were and comparing his childhood to the current generation where children are more into playing computer-based games than traditional toys. The speaker delivered a direct to the point and well-discussed answer. 


Should we allow boys to play toys that are played by girls and vice versa?


In my opinion, we should let children play toys that they like as it helps them develop their creativity and imaginative skills. I understand and respect the traditional belief in which boys must only play toys for boys and girls should only play toys for girls because that is what people perceive as norm, and some people believe that it is the right thing to do so that their children will not be confused with their gender role. 


However, I believe toys do not define the gender role of a child. We should let our children explore things and make them discover their toy preference, instead of imposing our default beliefs that they should only play this and that. Having that kind of attitude limits children to become creative and imaginative.  Well, I always go for something that can make children happy, if their choice is what makes them happy and as long as it is not harmful, then I just support it.




Norm [noun] – standard; normal

Preference [noun] – choice

Impose [verb] – force something on someone

Default  [noun] – something that is usual or standard

Go for [phrase] – choose; pick




i.) The speaker gave a straightforward negative answer and expressed his reason that focused on creativity and developing imaginative skills. Then, he talked about the traditional thinking of most people stating that he understood and respected their belief. To support his argument, he then transitioned to explaining more about his opinion stating why he’s interested in letting children play whatever they liked. Finally, he wrapped up his answer by giving his support to children’s preference of toys. This answer is not the traditional one and it is a very good way to showcase your language ability to the examiner since you’ve challenged yourself to explain the answer which is not usually chosen by most students. 



Do you think parents should buy more toys for their children or they should spend more time with them instead?

Well, the answer is obvious, parents should spend more time with their children! What is the point of having children if parents cannot spare a good amount of time with them? The problem with our society now is that most parents do not have enough time for their children because of their hectic schedule at work, their demanding jobs, and the like. Parents let other people look after their children by sending them to nurseries or hire babysitters, and when something bad happens with their children, they blame the carers. Should they not blame themselves then for not looking after their own children?


I do understand that both parents need to work in order to provide a comfortable life to their children, but there are some parents who cannot be bothered spending time with their children. As a result, their children grow being attention seekers, emotionally unstable, and narcissistic, since during their early stages of development, when they needed their parents beside them, they were left alone or being taken care of by other people and that is not right. For me, if newly-wed couples are always busy with their work and if one of them cannot give up their work, they should refrain from wanting to have a baby. 



Spare [verb] – give; afford

Hectic [adj.] – busy

And the like [phrase] – used to say that there are other similar things or people that can be included in what you’ve previously said

Look after [phrase] – take care of

Nursery [noun] – a place where children are cared for during the working day

Cannot be bothered [phrase] – unwilling to make an effort to do something

Refrain [verb]  – stop



i.) The speaker gave a direct answer by choosing the second choice at once. Then, he added a rhetorical question to support his choice. That made him sound very natural! Right after that, he talked about the social problem in this generation in which parents are always busy and they can’t spend time looking after their children. 


In the second paragraph, he acknowledged the fact that parents just wanted to provide a better life to their children as a result they need to work harder. Then, he added an insightful argument which was how the personality or the character of a child got affected, if parents couldn’t spend enough time with their children. That’s a very realistic point. He just ended his answer by saying that couples should not plan to have a baby unless they are willing to spend more time with their child. It’s a very good way to end his answer.


Should advertisements aim at children be banned?


I do not support the idea of banning commercials that are targeting the young audiences, however, I am supportive for regulating those advertisements.  For me, the government should make sure that those kinds of ads are child-friendly, that is not deceptive and not harmful for a child’s development once they watch the ads.  The government should execute the law strictly to those advertisers who disobey the guidelines, as we need to protect children from bad influences. So I can say, banning is not right but regulating is. 




Young audience [noun] – another term for children

Regulate [verb] – control

Deceptive [adj.] – misleading; deceiving

Execute [verb] – carry out; implement




i.) The speaker gave his opinion stating that he’s against banning, instead, he recommended regulating. Then, he explained why it needs to be regulated by emphasizing on the child’s welfare.  It’s a brief answer but very logical. 



Anyway, that’s all for this IELTS A TOY YOU LIKED IN YOUR CHILDHOOD recent topic! Now that you have some ideas on how to develop your answers, start practicing, and develop your confidence so you can speak naturally. Good luck!

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