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11 Vintage Toys From Our Childhood That Every Kid Should Have

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The Rubik's cube was entertaining but not one of my all time favorites (maybe because I never did actually solve it....ever!).

Toys just aren’t the same.

From cursing baby dolls to murderous video games, I have to say that toys sure have taken a downward slide since most of us were kids. I loved my toys, adored them, and played with them for hours in my house, out on the street, with friends, on sleepovers and at the playground.

Sure, we didn’t have the Internet or an iPad, or any Wi-Fi for that matter but our toys were made of high quality and they lasted. More than that, they were fun!

Here’s a list of my top vintage toys from childhood that every kid should have:

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  • Simon 1 of 11
    Simon
    Named after the children's game "Simon Says", memory building skills were nearly guaranteed in this small, brightly-colored gadget.
  • G.I. Joe/ Army Men 2 of 11
    G.I. Joe/ Army Men
    Unlike our kids, most of us grew up in a time were there were no wars... but every boy had a G.I. Joe and some army men. Even I had a few of my own and there were no boys in my household!
  • The Smurfs 3 of 11
    The Smurfs
    The Smurfs were my all time favorite toy, from each individual Smurf character to the mushroom house. I spent countless hours playing with these little blue creatures, and I'm so glad they have had a revival.
  • Spirograph 4 of 11
    Spirograph
    Remember making those swirly circles over and over again? It was a pure delight for any artistic kid.
  • Raggedy Ann Doll 5 of 11
    Raggedy Ann Doll
    What little girl didn't have a Raggedy Ann doll? This was way before dolls had gigantic boobs and ridiculously unrealistic waistlines. Raggedy Ann was still innocent and we loved her.
  • Cabbage Patch Kids 6 of 11
    Cabbage Patch Kids
    I admit it. I was one of the only girls in the 80s that didn't have a cabbage patch kid. Still, they brought a tremendous amount of joy to many girls of our generation and again, they were a simple, non-sexualized, non-vulgar baby doll.
  • Inchworm 7 of 11
    Inchworm
    Forget scooters, Heelys or inline skates, I had my inchworm and I treasured it! He wasn't only a vehicle to ride on; he was a friend. My friends and I would dress him up with hats, scarves, and anything else we could get our hands on. We'd walk him around the block and talk to him. Inchworm was one of us.
  • Strawberry Shortcake 8 of 11
    Strawberry Shortcake
    My daughter fell in love with Strawberry Shortcake a few years ago. She is one of the very popular 80s toys that has made a nice comeback. Just a whiff of that strawberry scent and you're transported back to 1983.
  • Barbie Vintage Dream House/ Camper/ Any Other Home or Vehicle 9 of 11
    Barbie Vintage Dream House/ Camper/ Any Other Home or Vehicle
    My vehicles were limited. I had a camper but no house. Still, I treasured it and eventually I got a Barbie car. Then I'd pair up Barbie and Ken to go to the camper; the other couples would get the Barbie car, a shoebox car or a tissue box car, (decorated, of course!) Consequently, I bought my daughter a dream house many years ago, and had almost as much fun playing with it as she did.
  • He-man 10 of 11
    He-man
    I never had any He-man or Masters of the Universe figures but wow, that was all I heard about from the boys in the neighborhood. He-man was the rage for boys in the 80s.
  • My Little Pony 11 of 11
    My Little Pony
    What is it about this rainbow colored horse that was so fascinating? Now they've captured another generation…my daughter and niece are both proud collectors. (And let's not forget to give a shout-out toRainbow Brite!)
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What was your favorite toy of all time? Will you try to buy it for your own kids?

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