Did you grow up with dangerous toys like Tinker Toys?

United States
June 16, 2008 5:49pm CST
Can you think of any dangerous toys that you grew up with? I was just thinking back over all the toys that I grew up with like Pick up sticks and Tinker toys. Remember those? Do you realize how dangerous those things are? It's a stick! A kid could poke their eye out with that. Or get it stuck in an ear. Who thought of this stuff! What's your thoughts on this?
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
17 Jun 08
oh yes i did do you rember clackers it was two glass balls on a rope that you clack together god you miss your knuckles hurt a couple days lol
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@Amberina (1542)
• United States
17 Jun 08
My brothers had some of those! They where made of GLASS and they where always chipping off and hitting someone in the eye. They took them off the market but then I think that Pop Rocks came out right after they did. Those things hurt when you got too many in your mouth lol...which of course we always tried to see how many we could cram in there as kids...
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
17 Jun 08
oh yes pop rocks an coke I rember one time I had alt of pop rocks in my mouth an my teacher ask whats was in my mouth an I said nothing of course all you can hear is pop pop pop hehe I got caught
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@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
17 Jun 08
i guess i never really thought about it that way but you do have a valid point. i guess it has to be played with by kids that understand not to do such things? i do remember them but never really liked them to be honest.
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@jerzgirl (7820)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
17 Jun 08
If I could find them, I'd buy them for my grandkids!! They were great toys!! In fact, I DID buy them pick-up-sticks. They encouraged creativity. And, Lincoln Logs!! FABULOUS!!! There isn't anything in this world that isn't dangerous if used badly or without supervision. We can't protect ourselves into oblivion. My mother almost cut her foot in half as a child by sliding off seed bags onto a sickle - they could bend her foot back until the toes touched the shin. In today's world, my grandfather would have been charged with neglect. The man wasn't neglectful - she was a child behaving like a child. That doesn't mean we never have to watch our kids or stop them if they're doing something risky. It just means that there is nothing in life that can fully guarantee safety. I mean, clumps of blue ice drop from the skies through roofs - even doing nothing dangerous can get you killed. Let's let kids be kids. My only seatbelt as a child was my mother's arm - and I stood next to her on the seat!!
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@KrauseHome (33385)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I remember Tinker Toys and Pickup sticks. I always thought these were interesting. The problem became when parents quit paying attention to their kids so much when all of these problems started and kids started sticking each other in the eyes, etc. But then again, gone are a lot of the Toys and such I remember from back when I or my younger brothers and sisters, and even nephew grew up with.
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@momz2gd (295)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I loved those toys and I was very safe! And the lead gosh, they probably had more lead back then than now.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Tinker Toys dangerous? Now thats a funny thought. :) Many people are so paranoid about everything when it comes to children's toys. What about worrying more about household cleaners, or the child falling off a chair or down the stairs? I think there would be more risk with every day items than with a Tinker Toy. Too many children live in "plastic bubbles" anymore. Let them have fun, play and worry about the real things to watch for... like the child molester living across from the childs school perhaps?
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@mummymo (23709)
17 Jun 08
Oh my Goodness beauty I think if we thought that way we would never have our children out of cotton wool! I grew up with pogo sticks, roller skates , skateboards you name it and my kids do very similar! Most anything in nearly all normal households could be used by our kids to hurt themselves - it is about teaching them what is safe and what isn't! xxx
• United States
17 Jun 08
I'm in full agreement with you Mummymo! I know better than to argue with a seasoned mom. I'm the new version of worry wart mom, minus the warts! LOL! We worry about everything. By kid three, I'll be a pro at this kid stuff! Be well. Best of health.
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@mummymo (23709)
17 Jun 08
LOL Well beauty I do still worry about things - I just don't let it show! lol I think if you don't let them experience different things then they are going to have trouble adapting in the real world as they grow up! Hugs honey and we are still waiting on number 2 for you - stop jumping to number 3! Hugs xxx
• United States
17 Jun 08
I laughed for five minutes after I read your post! Yes, I am jumping forward in time too soon!
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I remember all those fun toys that we had as kids! I never once thought about sticking a pick-up-stick in my eye or anyone else's eye for that matter. Me thinks we have turned into worry-warts here in this day and age. Heck you can't even give a kid a cardboard box to play with, they might get a paper cut LOL
@rpegan (598)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Agreed. Parents are afraid to even let their children be children for a few seconds. Children learn through experience.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I chewed on window sills (lead paint) and rode a bike with no helmet or pads. Pogo sticks. Went swimming and boating with out life jackets and rode in a car with no seat belt. It is amazing to me that I am still alive! I played with Barbie and didn't become anorexic. Pick up sticks too! And the biggy....... I ate dirt! Wow maybe this explains alot.....
@laglen (19783)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I almost forgot....teeter totters!
• United States
17 Jun 08
I didn't become anorexic either! But I was obsessed with exercise in my teens. I blame that on Seventeen magazine and the perfectly air brushed teen models with perfect size two clothing. I could never be that thin, even when I was 15.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
17 Jun 08
Yes I had a few toys like monkeys in a barrel and like you said pick up sticks and a few cars and baby dolls. I don't really remember anyone worring about toys back then like they do now. I also don't remember any warning labels on them. Times have changed that's for sure.
• United States
17 Jun 08
I remember all that stuff, too! Scares me looking back on it now. I wouldn't have worried about the pickup sticks, except that I heard a sad story about a little boy who poked his ear drum out with a similar toy. I had no idea toys could be so dangerous. It was so very sad. I cried for a week.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
17 Jun 08
I agree that is very sad.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I did and we all turned out ok. Sometimes I think they get carried away, because of lawsuits they may get.
• United States
17 Jun 08
They've scared us all senseless!
• United States
16 Jun 08
I grew up with lead paint, tap water, no baby monitor, those little baby walker things that tend to fall down stairs if you aren't watching. I could go on and on. It's amazing we have a new generation at all. We should have all been killed by all these dangerous things we had around. I remember telling my daughter's doctor she was was really wheeling around in her little walker and he was like "oh, no, you can't use them. They fall down stairs." I had to explain to him that I actually watched my daughter and didn't put her where she could get at the two stairs in my house. It must have been a new concept for him.
• United States
17 Jun 08
I hear you! This generation of new moms are super cautious. That's good! But there is a limit, I suppose. Common sense is always best. And, you have brought up a good point. If you'r watching your child, then that is good. I think that some toys have to be so safe, cause the parent is off elsewhere leaving the child to play by themselves without supervision. Safe toys are good, but they don't make up for direct parental supervision. You are doing a good job! Thanks for dropping by.
@pangeacat (619)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I had a walker, as a baby, and those are considered very dangerous now. My sister is probably one of the babies that caused manufacturers to rethink that idea, as she fell down the stairs and landed upside down while in one of those things, since she could move so fast in it. I understand that pick up sticks are sticks, which can be dangerous in a very small child's hands. But, I wouldn't consider them generally dangerous, since they are made for older children who can understand how they should play with them. And, yes I had those as a child, though I don't remember there being any accidents with them that resulted in any kind of injury. Metal trucks! I had a lot of metal trucks and cars, and those tend to have sharp edges. The adults even hurt themselves on those things. Pull toys used to have much longer strings attached to them, which proved dangerous in tiny hands who would insist on using them as a necklace. And, I remember having a couple of those. Other then that I really can't think of much. I know that a lot of the toys I grew up with are now considered dangerous, due to small parts or being made out of untreated wood, or long strings, or ... But, I can't think of which toys those were at the moment.
• United States
17 Jun 08
Oh, yes! The metal Tonka truck. My brother had one of those and I was always falling on it outside in the dirt. I was one big walking bruise! And, you're right, pick up sticks are for older children who should know better than to put them in an ear. Thanks for pointing that out.
@rpegan (598)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I think that kids need to learn common sense and life lessons the hard way sometimes. Just like most people my age learned not to touch a stove burner by putting their hands on a hot one. Lessons learned the hard way stick. Also, Tinker Toys are amazing. I remember playing with those for hours when I was a kid, and the worst injury that ever resulted was my mum tripping on them. If you think about it, there is nothing that is safe in the hands of a curious child. Kids need to learn from experience sometimes.
• United States
17 Jun 08
That's a good point about curious children and daily household objects. I am always having to put things way up high so that my own child does not get them. Even a simple thing like an ink pen can hurt a child. Thanks for your comments. Be well.
@Hatley (159537)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Jun 08
Whats dangerous about tinker toys for petes sakes? I loved my tinker toys and never got hurt or scratched or any other crap like that. the world is a dangerous place but we do not hide in our beds we go out and work and p;lay and have fun. lets all quit worrying about non existant threats and have fun just living. oh dear so I got a sliver, or fell down and skinned my knee, or I got a speckof dirt in my eye, so what? that is life, we either' live it or we just exist and I for one would rather live it to the fullest, slivers and all. lol lol lol.
• United States
17 Jun 08
i remember playing with tinker toys...not so much with pick up sticks. yeah they can be dangerous in certain situations. my question would be "what kind of parent doesn't supervise their kids enough playing with certain things that those things become dangerous? just a thought.