The toy boat that sailed the seas of time
A thousand years ago, for reasons we will never know, the residents of a tiny farmstead on the coast of central Norway filled an old well with dirt. Maybe the water dried up, or maybe it became foul. But when archaeologists found the old well and dug it up in the summer of 2016, they discovered an unexpected surprise: a carefully carved toy, a wooden boat with a raised prow like a proud Viking ship, and a hole in the middle where a mast could have been stepped. Ref. Source 5k.
I am surprised that people would think that viking children did not have time to play. All through the ages children in every culture were given the opportunity to play. Maybe life was tough and they had to do some hard work but I believe there was always time for the adults to sit and talk and for the children to be children and play.