It’s almost here! All the hustle and bustle for gifts, food, parties and all other things holiday is right around the corner. I look forward to spending the holiday with my kids and grand-kids, visiting with friends and taking time to relax and reflect. I wish all of you a very happy season and good health and prosperity in 2018. In the meantime, let’s talk toys!
Most of the toys when I was a kid were pretty simple, with pretty simple names. Crayons were crayons. Deluxe boxes had 64 with a built in pencil sharpener. Today crayons are marketed as “Inspiration Art Cases.” Gone is the cardboard box (and alas the sharpener that went with it) and the replacement is a beautiful hard plastic case with a carrying handle. Nestled inside are over 140 pieces of drawing supplies that would make any young artist drool. A much improved gift from the ones we got in the 50’s.
Girls were either into Barbie (who couldn’t talk or do anything else except stand around looking built), or Chatty Cathy. You pulled the string on her back and she talked to you. As long as you didn’t want to exceed 11 conversations, she was a good companion. After a search online about today’s dolls, I found one of the most popular is “Baby Alive Super Snacks Snackin’ Lily.” That’s the name on the box she comes in. Seriously. She can’t converse, but evidently pooping is her thing. She comes with reusable doll food, a special spoon, and one diaper and yes, poop! Marketing one of the most unpleasant things about a baby…I’m surprised she doesn’t have colic and throw-up as well. Sounds like loads of fun.
I think in the 50’s and early 60’s most folks did not believe women could become scientists, so mostly boys were lucky enough to receive a Gilberts Chemistry Kit. Eventually somebody discovered the chemicals in the kit could be a risk to life and limb. Ya think? A few of the contents included sodium cyanide, radioactive uranium ore and if you were lucky, a real blowtorch. The distinct possibility that you could blow your parents up in their bedroom made it worth the price of the set. I’m not surprised that today’s version of a chemistry set includes glycerin and gelatin….no blowing stuff up just the ability to make square bubbles and soap.
At least the Etch-A-Sketch is still around and you just have to shake it to make the picture go away. I waited patiently for my brother to create a work of art on the thing and when he went to the bathroom…..well, I did my own version of the shake!
Did you have a favorite toy or one that you wanted to get but couldn’t? Has one of your favorites been “improved” in current times? Share about it below.
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