Describe a toy that you often played with

IELTS Cue Card Question 38 With Model Answer: 

Describe a toy that you often played with as a child.

You should say: 
  • what the toy was
  • how old you were when you had it
  • did you play with the toy by yourself or with other kids
and explain how you felt about this particular toy.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
I was the only child of my parents and they used to provide me with almost all forms of toys but I liked the video game much than any other toys.

It was a video game containing different games including block setting, car race, puzzle and many other video games. Basically, it was a plastic made video game set and was around seven inches in length and four inches in width. The entire body was made of durable plastic and the keys were yellowish. The most favourite game of mine was the car race. Sometimes I had to press the big button hard to increase the car speed and when I crossed the levels, the speed increased automatically. I loved the game as I had a passion for driving cars but as I could not do that in reality, I did that in the video game.

I was 10 when my father gave me the video game. He gave me that as a Christmas present. It was a surprise for me. I saw such a video game to one of my friends and he was playing that with a smiling face. I touched the game and also experienced the same feelings. He allowed me to play few of the games for about half an hour but I could not finish as the battery died. Then I told my mum that I need a video game like that but she instantly said nothing to me. When my father gave me the pack of Christmas, I was truly surprised at that age. It was a pleasing moment for me too when I unwrapped the package.

I used to share the video game with the other boys of my school who wanted to play. We used to play the games by rotation and had to be careful lest our teachers notice the issue. One of the classmates was caught in red-handed while playing the video games during the math class. So, we were highly careful about the fact. Besides, when the battery died, I used to buy batteries with the contribution of the other players (!) who participated the game.

The video game was a kind of treasure to me. In the beginning, I did not allow anyone of my family and friends to touch the video game piece. I cared for it too much and did not play it fearing imaginary and potential damages. Besides, I used to take out the battery so that nobody could play or do anything with the video game in my absence. It was the most valuable thing to me until it broke in an accident. When it slipped from my hand and fell on the ground from the window, I was shocked and rushed to the road to collect it from where it fell. Unfortunately, I found that a vehicle has run over the video game set when I was rushing to rescue it.

It was a deep shock for me. However, my father wanted to buy me another similar thing but mother did not allow so fearing I might break again. It was the end of my video game era.

Sample Answer 2:
When I was a child, my parents used to bring toys for me. Besides, I received various types of toys on my birthdays. But among all those toys, I liked the Barbie doll the most. It was an excellent gift from my father in a birthday. Thank you for the question and it reminds me of my childhood. Here are the brief descriptions of the matter.

Though I received a good number of toys from my family members, relatives and other people in my childhood, I cannot forget the memory of the Barbie doll. It was a very nice doll and looked beautiful. Moreover, it was the best gift for me at that age. None of my friends or age-mates had the similar type of toy with them. Hence, it was a pride for me and I carried it with me wherever I went. I have preserved the doll even in the present day and whenever I see it, it reminds me of my golden past.

I was only nine years old when I received the doll. My dad gave as a gift to me marking the birthday that year. Since I was the youngest daughter of the family, the other relatives and family members also presented me with nice gifts on that day. But I liked the Barbie doll most because of some reasons. In fact, it was the type of toy that I had been looking for. I had some other toys but I find no interest in playing with them. When I got the Barbie doll, I was happy and started playing with it. It came with some special features and dresses. I loved changing the dress and groomed it nicely. Further, I took it with me except the time of attending school. I carried the doll with me in school for few days until I was warned by the class teacher about not bringing it to school.

Often I played with the toy alone. But when my cousins came to visit me, I played with them. They also had dolls but they did not have any Barbie doll. So, I was boastful with my doll and dominated over them. They also used to listen to my advice regarding the play. In fact, I turned into their leader while playing with them. And it happened only for possession of the doll. When I was alone, I used to do some typical activities like changing the dress, adding makeups on the doll, feeding and caring for it and more other imaginary activities. When I remember the events now, I feel how meaningless activities I did with the doll! But when I was in the group, we had lots of fun with our respective dolls and my Barbie used to be the leading one among them.

I had a great feeling with this doll. In fact, it became the part of my regular life. I used to take it on the bed while sleeping, carried beside me on the dining table while taking meals, placed it on my reading table so that I could have a clear look at it. Actually, it became a part and parcel of my daily life. I have damaged and destroyed many other toys, but I was extremely careful about this particular toy. There are no notable damages have been caused with this piece so far for my carefulness. I love it very much and will keep the doll with me as long as I can.

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