3 Favorite Childhood Toys

The other day I ran across some ‘old school’ toys. What an incredible flashback to toys I had completely forgotten about! It made me wonder how this technology, albeit incredible, limits our kids to a screen vs a hands-on experience. I do recognize these toys will date me! haha

For example, take the spirograph. Sure, you can make this online but it’s different when you can take the plastic gears and create geometric designs with your hands and a pencil.

Did you know? Drawing toys based on gears have been around since at least 1908, when “The Marvelous Wondergraph” was advertised in the Sears catalog.[1][2]The Boys Mechanic publication of 1913 had an article describing how to make a Wondergraph drawing machine.[3] Distribution rights were acquired by Kenner, Inc., which introduced it to the United States market in 1966. Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirograph

My next favorite toy was the Fisher Price Record Player. Guess I always had a love for music and these were the type of records you couldn’t mess up! The early days of the iPod…

Did you know this was first introduced in 1971. The Fisher-Price Music Box Record Player has brought music to children’s ears for generations. Place one of the five double-sided records on the turntable, wind it up and place the needle on the record to hear the classic music box rendition of ten timeless melodies. The records store conveniently inside the record player and the carry handle allows children to take it on the go. Credits: http://bit.ly/rFYG3e

And then the ever popular Play-Doh…now, who doesn’t like getting some Play-Doh in their hands? My favorite part…the smell. Still to this day, it takes me back. Strange how smell can bring back clarity to a distant memory.

Did you know? Play-Doh is composed of flourwatersaltboric acid, and mineral oil. The product was first manufactured inCincinnatiOhioUSA as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s.[1] When a classroom of children began using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound, the product was reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950s. Play-Doh was demonstrated at an educational convention in 1956 and prominent department stores opened retail accounts.[2] Advertisements promoting Play-Doh on influential children’s television shows in 1957 furthered the product’s sales.[1] Since its launch on the toy market in the mid-1950s, Play-Doh has generated a considerable amount of ancillary merchandise such as The Fun Factory.[3] In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Play-Doh to its “Century of Toys List”.[4]

Take us down your memory lane…name one of your favorite childhood toys!


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