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OH NO! I have a feeling a new hobby is coming on..
While I was there though I was browsing around and bumped into their game and toy corner. Not really needing any toys I didn't stay in the area long, but my eyes did scan the games and toys and I suddenly realized I didn't recognize half of the games and toys that were for sale. Of course, my mind then wandered to the games and toys that I used to love as a child..
Take a look at some of these golden oldies from the 60's & 70's! I'll tell you as Baby Boomers we sure had some FUN toys and games didn't we! I think the kids of today are missing out on some true fun! Here you go.. these were all of my favorites!
Jacks - I actually still have a boxed set of them and played them with a dear friend of mine who passed away in 2009.. How funny it looked seeing both of us playing on my kitchen floor.
Clackers - Talk about a dangerous toy! Wow! No wonder they didn't last long! Glass balls on string? What were they thinking! Boy did they hurt when you'd get them clacking fast and they hit your hand!
Footsie - I was pretty good at this actually. You put the ring around your ankle and skip the bell under your other foot!
Paddle Ball - Yes, the ole' Paddle Ball. My mother used to put these in our Easter Baskets and suddenly they would disappear out of sight until they magically reappeared when my mother would wave it at us threatening to spank our heineys!
Loom & Loop Potholders - Hands down these are still the best potholders around! I liked the cotton loops better than the poly version they later came out with.
Easy Bake Oven - Loved it! I have a vivid memory of being at my friend "Linda Jacobs" house in Union, NJ and we'd put chocolate chip cookies in the machine and get them really warm then dunk them in a glass of cold milk! Why I remember that I have no idea as I've not talked to that girl in over 40 years!
Silly Putty - Actually, this fun stuff is still around, but it was the best in the 70's. My brother-in-law actually collects them still! Did you press putty on the Sunday cartoons? Isn't that Silly!
Slinky - Come on.. everyone had a Slinky! I'm talking the real ones, not the plastic ones they sell today! Do you remember the words to the commercial? I do!
Who walks the stair without a care
It shoots so high in the sky.
Bounce up and down just like a clown.
Everyone knows its Slinky.
The best present yet to give or get
The kids will all want to try.
The hit of the day when you're ready to play
Everyone knows it's Slinky.
It's Slinky, It’s Slinky
for fun it's the best of the toys
It's Slinky, It’s Slinky
the favorite of girls and boys.
Sea Monkeys and Magic Rocks
Don't ask me why but I was fascinated with them. My mother would fill up jars and set them on the counter. We'd squint to see the monkeys until our eyes hurt.. I still don't know if I actually saw them.. Something tells me they were little shrimps.
Magic Rocks - Cool! Did you ever grow a rock? Well, of course, rocks grow in gardens, but have you ever tried the 'Magic Rock'?
Handy Dandy View-Master - Fun! Except, my finger would always get jammed up in the lever! Entertaining though!
The Classic YoYo
Everyone had a YoYo right?
What kinds of fancy tricks did you do with your YoYo?
Sleeper? Around the World?
Well, I hope you enjoyed my look back at my youth and favorite fun past times..
What were your favorite games and toys?