Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Favorite Childhood Toys

Thank you Scrappy Jessi for being our lovely hostess for today's post: Favorite Childhood Toys. I grew up in the 70's and loved all things related to Snoopy and Hello Kitty. I carried a purse that was filled with Snoopy pads and colored pencils and Hello Kitty papers and erasers. Of course, like our hostess, I was a huge fan of Barbie and all her peeps. I had the Farrah Fawcett doll and the Marie Osmond doll along with Barbie, PJ, the obligatory Ken, and a host of others. None of them escaped the scissors, except for Ken who was saved by his plastic molded hair. I also had a love affair with all things miniature: plastic farm animals, Liddle Kiddles, Weebles, and Fisher Price people. I spent hours playing with these tiny Disney characters. As you can see, they are scratched up a bit but I'm so glad that I still have them. (My parents' house and all our belongings burned when I was four years old so I have only a few cherished toys and even fewer childhood photos.) As for outside play, I loved my Big Wheel and my red Hippety Hop, but nothing was more exciting than playing in the treehouse or exploring at Grandma's farm or making mudpie pizzas in the street and watching cars run over them. One year, I decided to start my own business - a Shrinky Dink Club. I made Shrinky Dinks all afternoon and then wrote a letter describing what you would get, for a nominal fee, if you joined The Shrinky Dink Club. I was so excited about this idea. Each member would receive new Shrinky Dinks every month. I packaged about ten of these envelopes and then took off on my bike, placing the sacred envelopes in random mailboxes. Oddly, I never received any orders.
Oh, and I loved the Upsy Downsy characters shown here. These were kind of related to Liddle Kiddles but more on the funky, psychedelic side.
Probably more than anything though, I loved any kind of imaginary game. My older brother and I engaged in rich imaginative play where our dog, Sniffles, was the General in a make-believe army and we, The Doggies, had to fight off various foes who all had special powers. Before we engaged in our battles, we, the Sniffles Club, convened in the garage. My brother was the President of the club; alas, I was only a mere member. Anyway, the Sniffles Club met on a regular basis and we had secret rituals. For example, before we could begin our battles, we had to sing the opening song, then we conducted our business, then we battled/played, then we sang our closing song. And believe it or not, I can still, to this day, remember the words to those songs. We never told one adult about the Sniffles Club. Ever. Wow. I hope Baby A has as much fun in the magical world of play as I did. So many wonderful memories. Thanks Jessi for taking us down memory lane!


Scrappy Jessi said...

aahh im glad you have some of your toys. that stinks about the fire. i know you have all the memories to cherish.
im sure your baby girl will have a ton of fab toys! Barbies for sure!!
thanks for coming to my party,

Mya said...

What great memories and wonderful toys. Loved my hipity-hop too.

Rosa said...

Hello Kitty and Snoopy are so cool. I was a big Hello Kitty fan.
Your little girl is adorable!

Lori said...

So cute post and memories! Great toys Ihad forgotten about! Come visit,Lori

bluemuf said...

Kimla, I just loved reading about your childhood toys and memories. I love how your imagination was the best toy ever. I also liked your Disney Characters and the Upsy Downsy characters.
Have fun with your new little sweetheart baby.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing your fav toys! But I peeked further down & saw a real live baby doll that is just too precious for words!!!

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Saucy said...

Ah, ha, a woman of my time. Weebels wobble but they don't fall down! What memories.

My thirteen year old daughter is mad for Hello Kitty, so was I at that age. What fun! Come visit my toybox too!


mendytexas said...

GREAT memories! Hello Kitty was so special...and still is! :)mendy

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh so did I. I loved my little Disney figunenes. There was nothing more exciting than when the movie came out so we could go to Wal-Mart and get them!

Sherry said...

Weebles Wobble But They Don't Fall Down! My oldest son had Weebles. Too cute!

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your toys are so fun and funky! i love it!


Alisa said...

I loved your shrinky-dink story... wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Diane said...

What a darling group of toys, and what a darling and most precious Amelie,my daughter is due May 25th and she too is having an Amelie. So when I saw that you shopped in my Etsy store I visited your Blog and Wow what a wonderful surprise another Amelie. I will have to add your Blog to my Favs.
Hugs, Diane

Donna Layton said...

What treasured memories. The fire thing is so sad. My cousins house was set on fire by a troubled teen and I'll NEVER forget walking through the remains of that house. I'll never forget the empty, violated feeling and the smell. The most unique smell that I can call up to this day.
We tended to play outside ALL the time and did lots of imaginative play as well. We also had lots of neighborhood baseball games and even had a way to play baseball on the street. Those were wonderful days weren't they?? My little one plays much the way we did years ago. He can spend hours outside playing Roy Rogers....none of his preschool classmates even know who Roy Rogers was. I think Jackson was born out of his time.

Jennifer said...

Sweet post :D Your little one is adorable!!! Your never too old to enjoy a little HK though ;)

Take Care

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Just wanted to wish you a very happy FIRST Mother's Day!!!

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