|a child with a Hula hoop|
It's been a funny kind of day today for me...my thoughts have been all over the place, and I have found that my emotions have been too. I started out the day, feeling at loss over how far my children and I have drifted apart over the last few years...something that I hoped would never happen.
Then, it was thoughts about the progress I have made since my breakdown in 2001, and how I have to learn to let go...and let what will be take it's course...it is out of my control. (I am a worrier and tend to take too much to heart sometimes.)
Tonight, I can't tell you what brought the thoughts on, but I have sat here for the past hour or so, thinking about all the other toys that I had as a child. Wow...finding the images sure brought back some very fond memories and fun times!
So here we go as I take you down memory lane...
One of the earliest memories I have is of poppit beads...mine were strictly all white, but I had a lot of them and made necklaces and bracelets all the time...back and forth...popping the beads apart and remaking what ever I wanted to make for me or my dolls.
|bracelet made of poppit beads|
|colored poppit beads as you can buy them today|
As a treat whenever we went to the store or when my mom went grocery shopping while I was in school, she would bring me home these candy cigarettes. To a child of about 5-6-7, I thought they were just the thing...although I can't ever remember liking the taste of them all that well! I guess that I equated them with being "grown up" like my dad who smoked back then!
|the various "brands"|
|as they look in a bowl|
Then came the beloved Easy Bake oven. The photo looks exactly like the one I had...same color and all. The thing I can remember most was that it got mighty hot...and I would get burned every time I used it...yet that still didn't keep me from baking cakes, brownies and cookies!
|Easy Bake Oven...1960s|
I can't remember how old I was when I got my View-Master...but it was another toy that captivated me to no end. Before my eyes, cartoons characters played out their stories, princesses danced and far-away places held me spell-bound by their beauty.
As I grew, so too did my wish list. I received a Spirograph one Christmas and you'd have thought it was worth a million dollars! I had that thing for years...well into my teens. I probably wasted a few reams of paper too...so went the trees for my past time!
Last but not least, was the Fun Flower maker. I don't know how many people remember this specific kit, but maybe they better remember the boy's version: Creepy Crawlers (A photos down shows the inside of a Creepy Crawlers kit).
|Fun Flower Kit|
I can remember making my mother bouquets of flowers...and having random flowers stuffed into houseplants and in anything that would hold the flower upright on its wire stem!
|The liquid goop|
|the metal trays that the goop went into to bake/make the flower pieces|
|Creepy Crawler kit with oven--bugs galore|
And remember the Hula Hoop? Hours and hours I spent trying to get hoop to stay on my waist! When I finally got the hang of it, then I wasn't so interested in it anymore! Same thing held true with the Klackers...bruised and battered until I could work them for several minutes non-stop!
I haven't thought about these things in a good 20+ years...yet they all came back to me tonight, as I thought about the differences between the toys from my youth compared to those we see now for today's children. Today's children see a whole big world of high tech toys, computers, and the list goes on.
It saddens me because I find that the children now don't use their imagination near as much as I (and anyone who is considered a boomer) did growing up. I know with a certainty that is where most of my creative talents came from...from a childhood well spent using my mind "creatively"!
Thanks for reading!