As parents, we want our kids to have great toys that entertain and teach things. It is even greater when the toy is something we used to play with also. Many toys that have been around for a long time are still popular and are great for kids.
Barbie (March 9, 1959)
Barbie has been around for a very long time. This doll was originally made to fill in a gap for those kids that like to play ‘adults’ with their dolls. It was named after the creator’s daughter, Barbara. It was modeled after a doll that was already available in Germany. Barbie has had a relationship with Ken for a very long time. She has developed her own life in books, video games, and many movies.
This toy is wonderful for a child’s imagination. They can have their Barbie go to many places and do many different things. Playing pretend is very important for a child. Barbie also comes with many outfits that can be bought separately. Putting these outfits on the doll requires great small motor skills. These skills are often something that your child will work on for a long time. Your child may start by asking you to change Barbie’s clothes, but once they do it themselves, they will be so excited.
Cabbage Patch Kids (late 70’s)
The Cabbage Patch Kids were originally just a soft sculpture of a head in a hat. However, they quickly evolve into the dolls we know now. They have been to the Olympics and on many popular TV shows. The Kids are ‘adopted’ with a certificate and their own name. There are many editions of these dolls that have their own ‘adoption fee’. They are very soft and ideal for a child to cuddle.
These dolls also teach pretend play. These Kids are fun for any type of play. They are big enough that even small children can handle them. They also come with their own outfits. These outfits are not as hard to put on as Barbie’s is, therefore, younger children can accomplish this task sooner.
Lego’s are small inter-locking blocks. They can lock together to form many different shapes. Throughout the history of the company, video games, play sets, and movies have been made. All of the blocks connect in some way. They have been used to make some outstanding replicas of existing buildings. These colorful toys have been used to break world records including the world’s tallest Lego tower.
Legos not only help small motor skills, but also the element of cause and effect. There are many elements to learn when finding out what shapes you can make with your Legos. These construction toys will teach children what they need in a stable sculpture. If they do not have a strong base, the tower will fall. Blocks have also been a wonderful gift to give to your children, and Legos just expand on that.
Silly Putty (1950)
Silly Putty was originally made in a lab in 1943. In 1945, scientist asked many engineers for a practical use for his bouncy putty. It was then determined that the only use may be for a toy. However, one year after its introduction the government put a restriction on raw materials to help with the Korean War. This put a stop to the production of Silly Putty. The market for Silly Putty switched from adults to children. Commercials for the silly toy were viewed on many popular shows. Silly Putty now has its own exhibit in the Smithsonian.
Silly Putty is a fun-modeling toy that helps children with small motor skills. By molding and shaping the toy, adults and children can improve flexibility in their hand joints. It adds to imagination creativity by shaping it into many different things.
Mr. Potato Head (May 1, 1952)
The original Mr. Potato Head was just a kit of body parts to stick into potatoes. This was the first toy ever advertised on television directly to children. Mr. Potato Head soon had a family that included Mrs. Potato Head, Brother Spud, and Sister Yam. These kits were still sold without a plastic body until 1964. The original Mr. Potato Head came with a pipe, but surrendered it during the All American Smoke Out in 1986. Mr. Potato Head has made many appearances in movies. The most recognized would be the Toy Story series.
The body parts for Mr. Potato Head can be put in any spot, and makes it a great way to inspire silly creations. This sparks an imagination element. It shows kids that they to not have to be ‘normal’ and that sometimes being silly is lots of fun. This silliness ignites laughter, which has many medical benefits. Handling all of the pieces helps small motor skills. The pieces are big enough to be handle by small children, and there is no choke hazard.
All of these toys have been around for a very long time. They are all entertaining and educational in their own way. These toys can help your children learn many skills and will help bring you back to the time when you were a child.