Toys of Our Youth
December 15, 2011
Back in October, my mom, the kids, and I went to McDonalds for cheap Happy Meal night. When our food arrived, we were surprised to see it tucked into cute little Halloween-themed plastic buckets. Seeing those little pumpkin pails took me back in time to my childhood and my favorite "themed" Happy Meals—the ones in plastic spaceships.
"Remember those?" I asked my mom fondly, only to have her look at me like I’d lost my marbles. "I think you’re imagining that," she said skeptically. Thankfully, a quick search of the internet proved me right and took me down memory lane with it.
Anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s knows we had some pretty cool toys back then. I mean, who couldn’t love Rubik’s Cubes, the Slinky, Easy Bake Ovens, Silly Putty, Shrinky Dinks, Snoopy’s Sno Cone Machine, Pound Puppies, Cabbage Patch dolls, Spirographs, Lite-Brites, Matchbox, Hot Wheels, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Slime, Simon, Merlin, tabletop Pac-Man and Frogger...the list is endless! In today’s age of electronics, these toys would probably seem simple to kids. But in our day, they were the MUST HAVES!
Do you still own some of your childhood toys? Wondering what they might be worth? Then come on into the library to find out! A few titles that might interest you are: Just Can't Get Enough: Toys, Games, and Other Stuff from the '80s That Rocked by Matthew Robinson, Matchbox Toys: a Guide to Selecting, Collecting and Enjoying New and Vintage Models by Bruce Stoneback, Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them by Tim Walsh, and Totally Tubular '80s Toys by Mark Bellomo.
Maybe you’d like to build a toy or use some recycled items to create something fun. If that’s the case, then try books like: Turning Vintage Toys by Chris Reid, Trash to Toys: Creative Games from Your Recycle Bin by Nick Sarkady, Make These Toys: 101 Clever Creations Using Everyday Items by Heather Swain, or Fantastic Contraptions by Yoshihito Isogawa. These might be right up your alley!
Whether you want to take a trip down memory lane or to create some new memories, come on in and let us help you find some fun books to help you along the way!
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