This was traditionally a winter toy.
There are lots of examples of windmills as toys for children dating from the 14th century onwards, these were sails fixed to a long stick. It is possible that they originated in the Low Countries and were toys for both boys and girls. Later they were little mills with sails on the end of sticks.
During the Victorian period, paper windmills were sold for between 1d and 6d at fairs or the gates to the park and when the circus came to town. If a piece of metal was placed between the stick and the sails then the windmill would make a whirring sound when the sails turned.
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