Thursday, July 14, 2016

What were your favorite toys in childhood?

Looking out my window on the new Pokemon Go craze, made me think about my own childhood. If I had to choose the two things that I played with most and ones that served to take me out of my world, they would be my bike and crayons. I heard yesterday also, there are 44 blue crayons now. Wow. (My bike was nothing liked this btw-used, painted with a dull finish, old style brakes).

What were your favorite toys as a ten year old?

21 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Funny you'd include a 'photo of a bike, Patti. I loved mine!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Since blue has always been my favorite color, I would have loved 44 blue crayons!

Favorite toys at 10? Probably a ball and glove.

Anonymous said...

Paper dolls! I had a gazillion of them and I'd make up stories for them, put them in family groups, etc. I also loved Spirograph and could go through a ream of paper in no time making all those colorful whirligigs. But my favorite childhood activity, bar none, was reading. I always had my nose in a book.

--Deb

George said...

Like you and Margot, I was a big bike rider as a kid. Then there was baseball and football played in the street and nearby park. But I had to head for home when the streetlights went on!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

We lived on a major street - two lanes of traffic in either direction and the cars went fast. We played punch ball in the alley between our house and the one next door and a frequent activity was chasing the ball when it went in the street and a car hit it and sent it down the way. Or, we could walk a couple of blocks to the elementary school, which had three schoolyards, where we played stickball against the wall.

pattinase (abbott) said...

A bike gave me so much freedom. I don't remember my parents even querying where I had been as long as I was home at dusk and dinner.

J F Norris said...

I always thought of a bicycle as a way to get around town not as a toy. When I was a teen I was away from home as often as possible exploring on my bike. I was often late coming home and got in trouble a lot. Problem kid. Didn't like my home life for many, many years. As a child though (up to the age of 14) I was pretty much an indoor kid and I played with anything I could get my hands on. I escaped into my imagination and did a lot of drawing and building things. Toys I remember that kept me occupied: Colorforms, Lego, GI Joes and a variety of board games.

Charles Gramlich said...

the toy I played with most were the local seeds such as acorns, chinaberries, and walnuts. I made armies out of them.

Kent Morgan said...

Although I never thought of a bike and a baseball glove and ball as being toys, they were the first things that came to mind when you said age 10. In the winter time,it would have been skates, a hockey stick and puck. Instead of actual toys, I preferred comic books, big little books, the Hardy Boys, etc. The one toy I do remember was a wooden hockey game where the puck was a ball bearing.

Dana King said...

We had a snap-together plastic road set and another snap-together set for trains that my brother and I played with endlessly. The knob hockey game also got a lot of use.

pattinase (abbott) said...

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pattinase (abbott) said...

Now that is unique!

Jerry House said...

My bike, absolutely. I may have put more miles on that bike than I do now with a car.

Also, a chemistry set and a light-up globe -- turn it on in a dark room and the constellations would be reflected on the ceiling and walls.

We used to make staffs out of wood and have fights a la Robin Hood. It's amazing no one lost an eye.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

We had a set of Lionel trains and were always nagging my father to set it up.

Richard Robinson said...

I grew up in a very hilly area, so though I had a bike, most of the time I walked, hiked where I was going, as often into the brushy hills behind our property as anywhere. I loved crayons, and drew often, but what I remember most was just playing with the things at hand, much like Charles: sticks, seed pods, unripe fruit. I mostly climbed trees, built forts under shrubs, stuff like that.

The most time was spent in our swimming pool. By 10 I was swimming competitively, and the pool was both play and workout.

Anonymous said...

I was ten when the Aurora monster models came out. I spent the summer building and painting Frankenstein, Wolfman and Dracula.

Richard Robinson said...

I also had a train set, American Flyer, and I would set that up and run it. But it had to be set up and taken down so there was a lot of time spent on that instead of playing with the trains themselves. Thus I often preferred to just go outside and play.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Jackie wants to know if any non-big city dwellers know what Skelly is.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Jackie wants to know if any non-big city dwellers know what Skelly is.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Skelly, or skully.

Rick said...

Marbles, definitely marbles. We played "chase" not the marble ring games...
(I still have my large candy tin of them.)