Are you an adult that plays with toys?

United States
June 7, 2009 12:49pm CST
Get your mind out of the gutter! Im talking about getting down on the floor and playing Barbie or GI Joe with your kids or relatives. Kids' board games, LEGOS, Transformers! I used to be able to play at their level of imagination but I think I feel it slipping away! I find this deeply disturbing as a creative writer! Am I just going through a phase? Can adults enjoy toy-time?
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23 responses
@cbeee3 (2064)
• India
7 Jun 09
I play with my niece (4 yrs) and nephew (3 yrs). Building things with LEGO, placing the tracks for the trains to run on. coloring with them. Its like I turn into a child when I am with them and I just love it! :) I don't play with Barbie as I have a bad memory that haunts me. My elder sister had snapped Barbie's head off, when I was a kid and we had a fight. LOL. Wounds are still there :p I am sure its just a phase that you are going through. Just don't let the child in you die.It is the best feeling!
• United States
8 Jun 09
Huh, I guess I won't be telling you about "The Killing Fields Game" I used to play with my sister's stupid dolls! Thanks for bringing back the memory!
@cbeee3 (2064)
• India
8 Jun 09
"The Killing Fields Game", No no no *tears*. And the dolls are not stupid. They are so pretty *cheesy smile*. Ok may be just a little stupid :) Happy myLotting.
@burnkate (68)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Lol I am 20 and I find myself still liking toys cuz I play with my nephew and stuff ... I find myself going playing LEGOS and such (not barbie lol) but kids' board games and such I do play all the time lol ... I don't think it's a phase I think it's just someone having fun ... it doesn't matter how you have fun but if you have fun then that's all there is to it ... if someone makes fun of you and such that's their opinion and other peoples' opinions don't really matter in my eyes ... know what I mean?
• United States
8 Jun 09
I'm twice your age and don't enjoy it like I used to. A few years ago I would have said it was because I worked too much but I know that's not the problem now. I don't know. Thanks.
@check23 (448)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
there's nothing wrong about it because you're playing with kids and its good because its not about you playing toys but having some quality time with your loved ones and its better when you enjoy it. Its a little weird though if you play toys only with yourself..
@bhabytart (1116)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
hello there heathcliff..... nice topic!!!!! it brings out the child in me. Yes i still play toys. I still wash my barbie dolls and comb their hair. I also dress them up...and i also love to play my stuff toys.... They are so cute and cuddly.I love to hug them.... And sometimes do talk to them, sleep with them......i think we all need to have that child like image once in a while... you can be as old as you want to and as young as you want to by the way you think and act...have a nice day ahead of you...
• United States
9 Jun 09
This is, like, my best topic ever! I just wanted to see what everybody thought about growing up and if you ever really lose that "play-time feeling"?
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
8 Jun 09
when my girls were little we used to play with bratz and legos; trains and cars and all sorts of things like that! now that they are older, (12 and 16), i play with crafts. i do all sorts of crafts and am always on the lookout for new ideas!
• United States
9 Jun 09
I've even tried crafts, but so far it's not as good as my toy memories!
@Bradpete (822)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
Yes, I love toy cars. Wooden Chinese assembly puzzles cars, planes, building structures, battle machines, etc. Before I have a miniatures soldiers, robots, dinosaurs, houses, etc. I love Japanese robots like Bioman, Ultraman, Voltes V, Diamos, Machineman, Zhaider, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, etc. In America like Transformers, G.I. Joe, X-men, Justice League, Power Rangers, Barbie etc. In Philippines I love Darna, Captain Barbel, Mulawin, Dyesabel, Lasticman, Gagamboy, Barok, Panday, Dyosa etc.
• United States
9 Jun 09
Wooden puzzles. I had forgotten how may hours I spent on my dad's! Thanks for responding!
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I have bought a few toys that I used to have when I was just a kid. I play with them sometimes but not very often. I just like to get them out sometimes just to reminisse childhood.
• United States
9 Jun 09
I collect toys to take care of that nostalgic itch. Thanks for responding!
@ema1983 (51)
7 Jun 09
oh aye my mind hit the gutter reading that! I love kids toys. every bday and xmas im right in there with my sons checking out their lego mechanno cars and play doh. i even look forward to colouring with their crayons! absolutly love it! did i mention im nearly 26?? Im always going to be a child at heart i reckon!
• United States
8 Jun 09
My wife still colors with our youngest sometimes. I guess I don't have very much energy for toys right now. If I don't even have enough energy to color, that's pretty bad, huh? Thanks for responding!
@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Given the chance, I would happily get out all of my Barbies and play with them again. :D I'd also get out my rather large collection of Hot Wheels cars and send them zooming through the air again. I think that those people who sneer at those who want to dust off their imaginations really need to lighten up. It's good to bring out the old childhood every now and again.
• United States
8 Jun 09
I wish I'd kept my Matchboxes over the years! I could have some great races again! Thanks!
@jazzsue58 (2672)
7 Jun 09
Tsk, the thoughts that go through some people's minds ... I did when the kids were younger - and now my 10 year old is into kids craft things I do enjoy helping her with those. I went through a phase in my 20s where I used to dress up Barbie Dolls, but nowadays I get bored with kids toys. They all seem to be electronic - v.v. boring. I'm writing a load of articles on RC helicopters right now, and a big bit of me wants to buy one, just so I can, you know, write with authority on the subject. Purely for professional reasons, you understand ... No, really, I won't play with the thing, I'll just see how it works - and besides, RC Helicopters AREN'T TOYS!!! (As the local model shop were so quick to tell me, when I first took the job on)
• United States
8 Jun 09
My boys are old enough to be into pretty advanced "toys", but they sometimes don't like me getting in their way! Sad, huh?
7 Jun 09
I don't play with children's toys and my toy collection has grown more sophisticated over the post-adolescent years. I now subscribe to a monthly pyschology-based magazines instead of the have-fun-with-math booklets from my chidhood. I make time for tarot cards and read my own fortune on a daily/weekly or monthly basis dependant on how connected I feel in the moment. However, there are times when I let rip and love to do so. For instance, when I visit my best friend who has a 5 going on 30 year old todler. I love demanding that she gets out her colouring books and loud toys so that we can paint the same colour on every page and sing to Hannah Montana over and over. I think it's nice to go back and revert back the relm of innocence for a while. In all, I do think that growing up is about letting go of simple interests and gaging your curiosities in activities to expand your knowledge and experiences. After all, staying in the lines WAS once a trivial task and now..?
• United States
8 Jun 09
Ooh, I haven't gotten my TAROT cards out forever! Maybe that'll help! Thanks
@rainmark (4306)
7 Jun 09
Hi there, im a mother of a 17 months old, and i find myself playing with legos and mega blocks with my son, it's really therapeutic, makes your stress away.Age doesn't matter in playing toys, the important is you enjoy it. My husband got his more train sets, he got a collection of Hornby trains and he loves having them and it makes him happy, so my son too, and i don't bothered it. Happy posting.
• United States
8 Jun 09
LEGOS again. Everybody loves LEGOS huh? Thanks for your answer!
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I do! I love Lego's. I could build for hours and hours and not get bored. Lately, with my nephew, we have been playing quite a bit with his trains sets. He has GeoTrax and the wooden Thomas the train sets. I try and play more Thomas because he is becoming more independent in setting this up and playing on his own as well. The other things we love to play are play doh and bubbles. The popular board games are Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, and Memory.
• United States
8 Jun 09
LEGOS used to be SOOOO awesome for me. Maybe I have some depression to work through because it is not the same. And aren't those wooden/plastic train sets so kool now. We never really had room to leave one set up lik I would have liked when the kids were little. (I'm already saving some pieces for GRANDKIDS: don't tell the wife and kids that!)
@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jun 09
I'm sure it'll just be a phase that you'll grow out of and it won't be long before you are back in Toyland. Of course adults can enjoty toytime. My son buys me brilliant toys for Christmas including a little farm set, a make your own kaleidescope kit, a little wooden dress up doll, puppet theatre, all manner of kiddy craft sets, a fantastic Muppet-type doll that is dressed in nightgown & cap and sings 'Wee Willie Winkie' and a set that's a bit like Sylvanian families but is dolphins... on a ship ... the one in the crows nest is in a little sailor suit -Both of my sons are now in their 20s and living away from home so, no, there are no children in the house ...just a big kid! Dont let that imagination go!!!!!!
• United States
8 Jun 09
I remember when my kids used to buy toys "for me" for my birthday so they could play with them. Good times!
• India
8 Jun 09
I am 24,I am now not interested in toys or dolls but i would love to spend some time with small children playing with toys and dolls .More than anything i still love to watch cartoons and my favorite cartoon is "Tom and Jerry".
@maximax8 (27954)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun 09
When I am teaching primary school children I like to join in playing with toys when they have golden time. The boys like cars, ramps and construction equipment. The girls like dolls, the home corner and dressing up. I enjoy playing alongside my toddler son. I found it great to help my brother-in-law put together my nieces Barbie doll house and set up all the furniture. I like playing with Lego with my nephews. As a person gets older he or she becomes less playful and more serious. He or she starts to prefer comfort to adventure. Good luck with your creative writing.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
8 Jun 09
No. That wouldn't be me. I have an old roomate that still collects and plays with these types of toys. He is 32. I think it's just that as we get a bit older, our toy tastes change. It is normal. The definition of toy time changes with maturity. I don't see this as a problem. We can still be creative.
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
Yeah. I play with toys with kids. It really is easy. you just got to think cartoon-ish. Making sound effects and wacky gestures with the toys. Or just making things interesting on a childish level.
@jkatmaou (195)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
oh yes! i play board games, legos, trick tracks, etc. i have a lot of toys, actually. i collect most of them but sometimes, i play with them before i put them on display.
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
I am 24 years old,and s0metimes i like playing the toys of my niece which is rubix cube and playstation portaBle and for me theres n0 wr0ng in playing the toys because it gives back our childho0d mem0ries ,and being childlike s0metimes is go0d for us to release our stress in everday d0ing..
@littleone3 (2065)
8 Jun 09
Most defiantly I think adults can enjoy toys as much as children. I have just spent a fun hour this morning building a Lego house with my three year old son. I always use to play with my other children with their toys but the three eldest have now grown out of toys as they are 17,16 and 12. I also love doing craft stuff with my 12, 8 and 3 year old as I enjoy being artistic.