10 Toys My Kid Will Have Because I Did

Last summer I found my Starlite horse at my mother’s house. That’s Rainbow Brite’s horse in case you didn’t know.  He looks brand new. My daughter adopted him immediately…..and began separating out his mane and tail by strand color. It was deja vu. This wouldn’t have been on my list for my daughter….but she ended up with it thanks to my mom’s inability to throw anything away. I’m glad she has it.

Growing up I never had: Speak and Spell, Teddy Ruxpin, etc. I never had a Nintendo. I never had an Easy Bake oven or a Snoopy Sno Cone Maker. But I did have the toys below….and I’ll make sure my daughter has them too….mostly so I can play with them again:


  • Spirograph 1 of 10
    I loved my Spirograph.....the only problem was finding red, green, blue and black pens that fit through the holes. I read somewhere that there is a direct correlation between the declining use of the Spirograph and the rise of gang activity. Probably true. Conclusion: to keep my daughter out of a gang....she will have a Spirograph.
  • Checker Rug 2 of 10
    Checker Rug
    Oversized Checker Set Rug. I don't know why but playing with 3 inch game pieces was so much more enjoyable. I played this with my parents, my grandparents and my siblings. It's great for any age and you can never grow out of it. (photo source)
  • Marble Run Blocks 3 of 10
    Marble Run Blocks
    A classic wood marble run. I already bought this one....and ended up playing with it before my daughter did. There's something so gratifying about building a complicated, working marble maze. (photo source)
  • Lincoln Logs 4 of 10
    Lincoln Logs
    The thing I distinctly remember about Lincoln Logs? Never having enough of them to build what I wanted to build. When I finally buy these for my daughter I'm thinking about splurging on about 15 she can build a life size log cabin. (photo source)
  • Tinkertoys 5 of 10
    Tinkertoys were invented in 1914 based off of thread spools and pencils. I already bought these in the plastic set. I'm having buyers' remorse and will one day trade them in for the classic wood set. The coolest thing my daughter has built to date was a "jail" for my head. Don't ask. (photo source)
  • Sea Monkeys 6 of 10
    Sea Monkeys
    I'm still not 100% sure what Sea Monkeys are....and what happens to them when your mom pours them down the drain. I have nightmares that they morph into sewer creatures. I'm tempted to buy these every time I see them at the store. (photo source)
  • Operation 7 of 10
    Classic Operation. My daughter isn't ready for this yet (actually I'm not.....because I know she'll set off the buzzer too many times.) When she gets a little older I look so forward to playing this. To this day I still have no idea what a "charley horse" is. (photo source)
  • Legos 8 of 10
    We've already started on the Lego phase. But I had no idea there were "girl" Legos! And I had no idea there were Lego purists who have issues with the new girl Legos. I had the classic Legos but I'm definitely not opposed to the new modern version. We'll have both. (photo source)
  • Simon 9 of 10
    Simon. Best game ever.....according to me, the kid that never had video games. (photo source)
  • Etch-a-Sketch 10 of 10
    The Etch-a-Sketch. I could never draw anything worthwhile. I'd practice the diagonal line over and over but it would never translate into the drawing I planned. I had dreams of being one of those artists that could replicate Monet's and Van Gogh's using aluminum powder. (photo source)


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