Technology is great but sometimes, just sometimes, don’t you yearn for the kids to step away from consoles, flashing lights and electric sound effects and to just enjoy the simple things? You know, just like we used to do?
We’ve rounded up a fabulous selection of retro toys that are guaranteed to bring back childhood memories for many of you. Best of all they’re still available to buy, so not only will they stir up some long-lost childhood emotions in you but your kids are bound to love them too.
But Mummy, what’s a record anyway?
It took a while explaining what a video was to our ten-year-old. The concept of records was unimaginable to him. Those of us who do remember singing into our hairbrushes along to those scratchy discs will remember the Fisher Price Classics Record Player with nothing but fondness. Suitable for toddlers from 18 months upwards, this blast from the past comes with five double-sided records which can be stored inside the player. We’re loving that it’s being sold in retro-packaging too. Rock’n’roll!
Wheely good fun!
If you want an extra special gift with a difference, forget the modern cars of today and treat your little one to a traditional retro pedal car from yesteryear. With too many different designs to choose from to list here, you’ll just have to pop over to the classical toy supplier Toy Day and see them for yourself. Be warned though, you’ll probably while away a fair amount of time looking through their wonderful range of classic toys and games.
In a spin
How many toy boxes in previous years had a traditional tin spinning top stored away in them? This is a great example of a simple toy which provided hours of entertainment. Who else remembers sitting mesmerised as they watched the spinning top’s patterns merge whilst it hummed steadily as it went? Suitable for children from 12 months, it’s available over at
notonthehighstreet.com right now.
A lazy cat and singing mice
It has to be Bagpuss and his friends doesn’t it? They told the story of toys coming to life when nobody was looking long before Woody and Buzz. Now who remembers the intro? Bagpuss, Bagpuss, Old fat furry cat-puss…
Pop goes the weasel!
I can’t imagine a spinning top without its must-have companion – the good old Jack-in-the-Box. This traditional tin toy plays the familiar tune as you turn the wheel. It is recommended for children aged 3 and up but supervised younger children will love the anticipation of waiting for Jack to pop up too!
Are you being served?
Long before the days of pin numbers and speedy conveyor belts and at a time your parents and grandparents had clipped a coupon for every product imaginable, there were basic cash registers. None of these bright lights and fanciness, oh no! And nobody does retro better than these guys. It’s the Fisher-Price Cash Register. No swiping. No fuss. Just a simple till used at the shops that Peter and Jane used to shop at. Remember them too?
Cowboys and Indians
Who remembers the Magic Tree?
We couldn’t let a piece on retro toys go without mentioning the Magic Tree by Vulli. Do you remember the swing? And the garage tucked away in the trunk? Oh, and the lift! I loved this toy! Forget getting one for the kids – I want one!
What toys did you have and loved til the end? What did you always want but were never lucky enough to get? And which of these are you tempted to put under the Christmas tree this year?