Yesterday, Anders and I spent over an hour together on the floor putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It was one of those 50 piece puzzles for 5-year-olds and up. The kind with enormous pieces for small hands that, once completed, covers a good portion of your living room floor.
He found the puzzle on a shelf in his closet while looking for costumes. It was a birthday present forgotten amid all the whizzing, whirring, remote-controlled goodies he received that day. He brought it downstairs and while shaking the box next to his ear asked, “What is this thing, mom?”
“It’s a puzzle. It comes in pieces and you have to figure out how to fit them together to make a picture. Do you want to try it?”
He nodded and we spent the rest of the evening before bedtime on our little project. I couldn’t help but reminisce as we worked about all the time I spent putting together puzzles at my grandma’s kitchen table as a child. It got me thinking about my favorite toys from all those years ago and how the best weren’t battery-powered things with lots of moving parts, but were instead simple and required imagination.
Here are a few of my favorite toys from childhood, all of which stand the test of time and are still being sold in stores today: