My Favorite Childhood Toys
In no particular order...just the way they popped into my head while creating this list tonight. Ohhhh the memories! (And yes - it's killing me that it came out to 16 instead of a 10 or 15 or 20 or 25, etc...but that's where the memories stopped so I guess it's ok to make an exception to my personal list rule.😁)
- 1.Winnie-the-Pooh Stuffed AnimalThe 1970's version. From Sears. Which was the only place that sold Winnie-the-Pooh stuff - other than Walt Disney World at that time. And this picture is really him - at age 44. My oldest living childhood toy. (Side note: I actually only have 3 childhood toys left and the other 2 didn't even make this list.)
- 2.Lite-BriteThe theme song is now going through my mind...🎶Lite-Brite makin' things with light...🎶
- 3.SpirographNot sure what we did with all those psychedelic drawings we made but they sure were "funky!"
- 4.The Fisher Price VillageHours. I could play with this for hours.
- 5.Barbie Camper with Pop-Out TentTook it to Sandy Beach at Harvey's Lake and I felt like I was in a commercial playing with it on "not so real" sand.
- 6.Chrissy and VelvetThe only toys I took with me the night we were evacuated from the 1972 Agnes Flood.(And thus the only toys from age-almost-6 and under that survived. The rest were carried away by the flood waters.)
- 7.Mrs. BeasleyShe ended up on a pile of garbage out in the street after said flood. My Nana saw her and yelled to my Pop-Pop that poor Mrs. Beasley was getting hauled away by the trash men. Imagine the look of relief on his face when he realized Mrs. Beasley was a doll...not an actual woman.
- 8.MonopolyWe'd have marathon sessions. So much so that we'd leave the board up overnight with the playing pieces where we ended and all our money stuck underneath it to continue the next day. We were playing it the night before the flood hit. One of my most vivid memories of going back to the house afterwards was seeing Monopoly money all over the first floor stuck in the mud.
- 9.Color-formsLoved, loved loved these. Had sets and sets and sets of them. There was one futuristic one that was my favorite. That and a Holly Hobbie house that had certain parts that magically glowed. Although for the life of me I can't remember how they glowed....
- 10.Paper DollsAnother "plaything" I had tons of sets of. And I was always so excited whenever my mom bought McCall's magazine. I'd flip through those pages like crazy looking for the "Betsy McCall" page - a cutout doll with clothes!
- 11.Crayola Crayons 64-Pack with Built-In SharpenerNothing made me happier as a kid than a brand new box of 64 crayons with a sharper on the back (that never actually worked). That and a coloring book - more specifically a Christmas coloring book. They were my favorites for some reason.
- 12.Construction Paper.I have zero artistic talent. But back then I didn't care. Loved all that colored paper. I could draw for hours on that sh#% (and make paper chains like nobody's business).
- 13.Baby AliveI do believe changing her "poopy" diapers day after day, week after week, month after month at such a young age is one of the reasons I have never changed an actual poopy diaper to this day. (And I certainly don't intend to start now.)
- 14.Barbie AirplaneThe original 70's version. I had never flown but wanted to oh so badly - so I lived vicariously through Barbie and Ken.
- 15.Fisher Price HouseboatFavorite. Bath time. Toy. Ever. And most probably where my longing for a yacht of my own started.
- 16.PerfectionScared the crap out of me every time. But still loved the thrill of trying to beat it.