I’ve always had a bad habit of living in the future. Looking ahead weeks and months, even years, and never living in the day. But as I’ve gotten older I find myself often looking at the distant past of my early childhood. Maybe because I have so many great memories of those days.
I was recently thinking about toys I used to have. I wonder how many people remember the Easy-Bake Oven? I had one. It actually baked little cakes. It was fun, briefly. But being the type that never liked cooking, I lost interest fairly fast.
I also remember Hula Hoops, Slinkys and those ugly Troll Dolls. I can’t believe I actually liked those Troll Dolls for a while. I also fell in love with Liddle Kiddle dolls. They were little miniature dolls; some were only an inch tall. They had oversized faces, I Dream of Jeannie eyes, and wild hair colors. I mostly liked the ones that came encased in plastic perfume bottles. Oh, they smelled good!
I enjoyed the Etch-a-Sketch and the Spirograph, but I was never any good at them. My drawings were never as good-looking at pictures on the packaging. Then there was Play-Doh, another creative medium for children that’s still popular today.
Games were also a part of my childhood and Monopoly was probably my favorite. I still remember the night my uncle and I stayed up late playing the game and how he’d always turn all his money into the smallest currency denominations to make it look like he had lots of money.
I also enjoyed Go to the Head of the Class, but I don’t remember having the game myself. It had a board that looked like a classroom and it was a trivia type game. I’ve always loved trivia games, but have a hard time finding others who like them. And speaking of school, I always loved the games we played in the early years of grade school like Seven-Up. I liked spelling bees, too. I still remember how happy I was when I spelled Ferdinand Magellan correctly!
Colorforms, Silly Putty and the View Master were some other fun toys from my childhood. View Masters can been around since the 1939 New York World’s Fair, but they continue to be popular even today.
One other toy that I remember enjoying was the Whee-Lo. It was a wheel with a magnetized axle that rolled up and down a handheld metal track. The toy was first introduced in 1953 under the name Magnetic Walking Wheel.
But the one thing that stayed with me all these years and is still in my household today are Lego building blocks. They were first introduced to me in grade school, and although I never had any of my own as a child, they were of the first toys purchased for my children, and I’ve had them in my home ever since. Be sure to see my Lego creations on the “Custom Legos” menu tab above.