When I see the toys available to kids today, I am amazed at how much things have changed since I was a kid, especially when it comes to electronics. Still, I have fond memories of my simpler childhood toys. Most of my favorites required a pretty active imagination and some creativity. While I spent a lot of time outdoors, I wasn’t exactly athletic! I did love to ride my bike and play those wonderful games of “kick the can” and “red light, green light” with my friends. At heart, though, I was more of a bookworm and preferred playing in my “own little world”, as my mother would call it. Here are five of my favorite childhood toys from the ones that I can remember!
Breyer Model Horses
Hands down my absolute favorite toy and they will always have a special place in my heart. I collected them well into adulthood. As a child, I played endlessly with my herd of horses, creating wagons for them made of Legos. Each one was carefully named. My favorites were always the Appaloosas. I was the typical horse-crazy girl. Breyer is still making model horses to this day. They’ve even made some porcelain pieces which I still display in my home.
Oh, the hours I spent playing with this one! Putting in all the colored pegs and then turning the “screen” on to see your picture light up was magical.
Matchbox Super Garage
I remember getting this for Christmas one year. Inexplicably, I had become enamored with Matchbox cars. I think that cars were considered more of a toy for boys back then. I sure was thrilled with this garage though, despite the fact that it was really tough to put together!
Merlin Electronic Game
Another Christmas gift back in the day. I was over the moon to get this beaut! The commercials for this electronic game were relentless. I still remember the tune. Hah. You could play six different games with Merlin. It was incredibly innovative for its time but put up against modern handheld games, quite simple. I think I still have mine somewhere in my attic!
Of course I loved my Barbie and Ken dolls but there was something about the Sunshine family that appealed to me much more. Maybe because they were smaller and fit on my Breyer horses because they had jointed legs. They also had the cutest baby!
It sure is fun to remember all these vintage toys and I am curious to know what your favorites are!