Day 7 – What were your favorite childhood toys?
When I made my list for today’s post, I had to sit back and laugh a little bit. Seeing that a few things on my list are things that my daughter currently plays with. She would be think it’s great that Mommy used to play with some of the same toys as her. The toys have changed a little bit in the past 30 years, but I love that I can relate to the toys that my child is playing with.
So what were my favorite childhood toys?
Toy #1 – My Little Ponies
My Little Ponies have come a long way since I was a child. I remember my ponies looking pretty different than the ponies that my daughter plays with now. I know that Emily plays with ponies named Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash (to name a few). When I was a child, I played with ponies named Skydancer, Moonstone, and Cotton Candy.
The other day I was on Amazon, like normal, and I was browsing for the “old school”/retro My Little Ponies. I had heard from a friend that with the popularity of the new My Little Ponies they had released the old toys, calling them retro. So I took to one of my favorite sites, Amazon. Through Amazon I found a bunch of My Little Ponies that I used to play with as a little girl. (My favorite was Moondancer). I called Emily over to me to see them. She promptly said … “I want some of those too, Mommy.” I laughed and shook my head. Of course she did.
Maybe I will have to spring for a set of retro My Little Ponies for her.
Toy #2 … Care Bears
One of my favorite toys when I was little was my Care Bear. I loved it. My sister and I each had one. I had Funshine Bear. He was bright yellow with a big smiling sunshine on his belly. My sister had Cheer Bear. She was pink with a rainbow on her belly. We loved them. They were perfect snuggle toys.
Even some of my friends growing up had ones too. My best friend Melissa had a Care Bear Cousin, if I remember correctly. Its name was Cozy Heart Penguin. Cozy Heart was a cute little penguin that was purple with a heart on its belly that has a little hat on. So the heart is nice and cozy. (Melissa, if I’m wrong … please comment below and let me know.)
Besides the toys, we also loved the Care Bears show and movies. I can remember watching one of the movies that had little baby Care Bears in it and thought it was the cutest thing. One of the movies also talked about the Care Bear parents and introduced the Care Bear cousins. I’ll have to go back to Amazon to find the movies and buy them for Emily. I think she would really enjoy them.
Toy #3 … Rainbow Brite
Another great toy/show combo, Rainbow Brite. My sister and I LOVED Rainbow Brite. And of course we each had our own Rainbow Brite doll. We both might have had Rainbow Brite, but I’m not 100% sure. If my memory serves me correctly, I had Patty O’Brien and my sister had Shy Violet. Patty O’Green is Rainbow’s friend who was “in charge” of all things green. Shy Violet is Rainbow’s friend who was “in charge” of the color violet.
We also loved the movie, Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer. It was so exciting. And it was even better that the awesome movie gave birth to a great television series. It was wonderful, as a child, to get to see the adventures that Rainbow Brite went on with her friends.
Toy #4 … Barbie
The next toy on my list is a true classic … Barbie. This is another toy that Emily and I have in common. Since its inception Barbie has been a timeless toy for children everywhere. She has definitely evolved over time. There are Barbies to look like ever kind of person out there, even special made to order ones who have no hair (for children who lose their hair due to illness). You can even get all three of Barbie’s sisters (Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea) as well as many different outfits and play sets.
When I was younger I remember having the regular Barbie, the blonde one. I remember having her camper and another play set. My sister had the Barbie Dream House. Whenever we bring up putting any toy together for Emily, my dad will still tell stories about how he had to my sister’s Barbie Dream House together. It took hours. Now being a parent, I believe it. Just this Christmas, Emily got Barbie’s Dream Camper. It took my husband quite a while to put it together. He enlisted my help to add the stickers to it. I can see now why it took my dad forever to put it together.
Toy #5 … Nintendo
With all of the gaming system out there these days, it’s easy to get lost in the gaming shuffle. There is Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Wii, PS4 (Playstation 4), and more. This past Christmas my sister-in-law got her boys a Nintendo Switch. In a way I thought that was so cool, but in another way I thought they might be too young. Of course if we had one, I would probably spend most of my day parked in front of it.
When I was younger, I was lucky enough to get an original Nintendo. My parents got one. It might have been a holiday or a birthday, I don’t really remember why. All I can remember is having one. I can still remember my parents setting it up. The thought brings back memories of being young and sitting in front of the TV playing Super Mario Brothers with my dad. It was so much fun. I can also remember trading games with the boys in my class for a week at a time. Trying out new games for the Nintendo without asking my parents to buy them. I loved it.
I was so surprised when I saw that they were releasing the old gaming systems again. Showing this new generation the classic systems. I know they released the original Sega system. [I have some great memories of playing on that with my cousin. He had an Aladdin game that was one of my favorites.] I think they even released Atari. But I was the most excited to see that they released the original Nintendo as well. I don’t have it, but maybe it’ll show up at my house in the future.
Reminiscing can make you feel like a kid …
Writing this post and thinking about the old toys that I used to love, it brings me right back there. The happiness that I felt when I played with them. The excitement about watching a Care Bears movie and snuggling with my Funshine Bear. Playing with my Barbies and pretending this amazing world for them. I can see all of this happening for my daughter now. I really will have to make time to sit and play with her and her favorite toys … while she’ll still have me.