Well, today I helped my mom clear out some clutter in her garage and we honestly couldn’t get over the years of “junk” we found. We had a neat conversation about the old days, and started trying to think of many of the old toys my sister and I used to play with. Kids nowadays just don’t know what they’re missing!
I couldn’t help but compare my youth to the childhood that my own kids experienced. As my daughter gets ready to graduate from college in a few weeks and my son moves on to high school next year, I remember when life was simple, kids played outside, we roller skated and rode our bikes to each other’s houses, and boy, does that time seem long gone now. Don’t get me wrong, I love my techie gadgets and gizmos of today (I mean, how could we LIVE without cell phones and our social media, right?), but it’s always fun to take a look back. Here are some of the oldies but goodies I remember my sister and I playing with when we were young. Hope they bring back some great memories for you, as they did for me.
My Viewmaster was so cool! Only problem was continuously losing those little wheel thingies…
I loved this weaving loom, too, for some reason. Nothing special about it, and I don’t think I ever completed one pot holder from start to finish. Nevertheless, I feel like maybe my inner “DIY” was blooming, even back at 10 years old.
Lemon Twist!!! I could go at it for hours. Cooler than a hula hoop? Maybe not, but a close second.
Were these called clackers? Or bonkers? Either way, I’m sure they drove my mom NUTS! And watch out if someone ever let go and launched one across the room!
I still remember the commercial for this one – and the fact that those kids on TV must have been lying because no kid could create the kinds of masterpieces they claimed were possible with the black paper and those colored pegs. I did like that song, though… “Lite-Brite, makin’ thi-ings with li-i-ite…”. Amazing how we can remember a jingle like that more than 30 years later.
I had SOOOO many yo-yos over the years, each one ending up in an entanglement of disappointment, as I tried to imitate the Duncan Yo-yo “masters” on TV. Remember “Around the World” and “Walk the Dog”?
JACKS! My ALL-TIME favorite game for the kitchen floor! Only the metal ones worked well, the plastic ones were just cheap. I was pretty good… “double bounces,” “pigs in the pen,” “over the fence,” “eggs in the basket” , “around the world…played with a golf ball instead of the little red rubber one that came with it, and with one hand, not two. If you didn’t have a good hard surface to play on in your room or living room (laminate flooring just wasn’t all the rage yet), and if Mom said, “No” to playing in the kitchen, I remember having to go outside and play on the sidewalk – and scraping up my knuckles in the process… Come to think of it, my kids played with jacks, too! Every so often the fad would return when they were in elementary school and we’d go shop for another set.
Now there’s probably an app for that.