Toys from Your Childhood

@dorannmwin (36698)
United States
January 21, 2010 12:04pm CST
Were there any toys in your childhood that were especially special to you that you knew you were going to hang on to until you were an adult so that you could give them to your children for them to enjoy when they were the appropriate age? What were these toys? If you didn't save any for your own children, why not? For me, I knew that I wanted to pass on my Barbie dolls to the little girl that I would eventually have. Now, my daughter is seven years old and she has my old fashion dolls and some that she has acquired herself. It is quite an eclectic mix of dolls but she truly loves them none the less.
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17 responses
• China
24 Jan 10
Thank you for responding me.I think you are right.I am 19,and I will work harder let my parents get a better life.thank you .Haha
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 Jan 10
You sound like you are a very good child for your parents to have. Best of luck.
• China
25 Jan 10
Thank you very much.I will do it better.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 Jan 10
That is the goal that everyone has when they start out their journey of being a parent and I do think that most people are able to achieve it.
• United States
22 Jan 10
well i still have a stuffed animal that I was given around the time of my first birthday I am currently pushing 21 years old and I'm still planning to keep him around and hopefully maybe one day pass him on to my kids when i feel confident enough that they will not destroy it or pull it's head off because it's the oldest thing that i still own from my childhood.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I think that when we are passing things from our childhood on to our own children we do need to wait to be sure that they will be responsible for the items that we give to them.
• United States
23 Jan 10
maybe you are right you gave me something to think about it's just with it being the ONLY childhood toy i have left it's kind of hard to let it go because when one looks around to shows like nanny 911 kids are more prone to outbursts and gosh help that little butt if they break it I will never ever abuse my kids but i will not be afraid to hit the behind either but i would never hit them anywhere else.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Jan 10
I was spanked on the bottom as a child and it didn't cause me a lot of harm. Actually, I think it was rather good for us because all three of us; my brother, my sister, and myself are all well adjusted adults.
• United States
22 Jan 10
I actually still have a toy from my childhood It was actually a present from my parents when I was born, so it has a lot of sentimental value to me...and it's 21 years old. lol It is a stuffed blue "bull dog" with big white jowls and pink nose, floppy ears...it isn't really a bull dog, I'm not sure what it's suppose to be. I should take a picture of it to share! It's cute!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
It certainly does sound cute. Are you planning on sharing it with your own children some day?
• United States
23 Jan 10
I'm actually not planning on having children Well...I may adopt a baby some day, and in that case yes, I would pass it along (after I sew up the big hole in his throat ) lol
• Estonia
21 Jan 10
I had some little war machines called "Micro Machines". These ones were produced by Galoob throughout the 90's. I loved these toys, they were like smaller copies of real war machines. Unfortunately, I managed to lose some of them and some got stolen, so I didn't had any left...until now. I saw these on eBay and decided that I will collect them all. It would be a hard mission, because there are dozens of different sets. Looking at these sets brings me back old memories, returns me to my childhood for some time.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
My brother had a fairly decent collection of Micro Machines when he was younger. Those were some really cool toys. I don't know if he still has any of his left either because they were very easy to lose.
• Estonia
22 Jan 10
Oh yeah they were. I've lost several of them while playing in the sandbox. They got somehow lost in the sand and because of their small size I wasn't able to find them anymore.
@Charl23 (41)
• United States
21 Jan 10
Gosh, I don't think I ever thought about my own kids playing with my toys while I was still a child! I did have toys I loved though, like my Baby Alive and my Lite Brite. I guess it's hard to have foresight as a 6-year-old. LOL
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
It is difficult to have that kind of foresight on your own as a child. My mother was the one that always encouraged us to save some of our own favorite toys when we were children because she always knew that all three of us would go on to become parents.
• United States
22 Jan 10
That's a good idea. :)
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Jan 10
Sadly, I didn't think of it. I did love my Soma cubes though, and when I found some later, I bought myself a couple of them.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I think even to buy toys that were nostalgic to us for our children to have is a great move also. Thank you for sharing.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
22 Jan 10
the only toy I kept from my childhood is my teddy bear that was actually sent with me to my adopted family..My foster mother had bought it for me for my first Xmas not realizing I wouldnt be with her anymore....I didnt keep it to pass it on though, I kept it for me and at 39 yrs old and after all the city hopping, traveling and moving I've done over the yrs including being homeless as a teen, I still have it.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
It sounds to me like the teddy bear is sort of a security item to you. I'm sure you have many stories that you could share about your bear.
@umabharti (3976)
• India
22 Jan 10
Yes i like toys and dolls very much.i am very fond of them.I have the small cooker,stove ,vessels,dressing table,etc., which i played in my childhood.i gave many toys to children who come to my home.It is just to play .I have them as remembrance.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
Beautifully said. You sure did save some nice things from your childhood.
@kathy714 (129)
• China
22 Jan 10
Life was difficult when I was young. I had one sister and brother. My parents did not have much money to buy toys for us. But fortunately, we never felt pity or sad. We had our own fun. We made different toys with scrapes. I am always admire myself that how smart we were at that time.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I'm sorry to hear that life was difficult for your family when you were a child. However, there was a gift to come out of that in that you are a more creative and innovative person because of it.
• China
22 Jan 10
In my childhood,I have had so many toys,when my birthday comes,my parents will bought it for me .I love catoon very much ,such as minnie,winnie.I have a special toy come from my 8th birthday. she is a small toy,I called her little trouble.I kept it at now.and I think I will give it my chind in the future.even though i do not have a baby.I love little trouble very much.In the rest of my toys, I will kept it forever too. I think it represent the love of parents.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I do think that toys are a good way of seeing that your parents care for you in a material way. There are some people that I know who can not afford to buy a lot for their children but they will sacrifice everything that they can to make sure that their children get at least one new toy.
22 Jan 10
action man :D
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
The perfect thing to hang on to to share with your own sons some day.
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
22 Jan 10
The one toy I have from my childhood is my Cabbage Patch doll. Although, she definitely shows her entire 20+ years. She's rather tattered. I did have my blanket from my childhood until the last few few years. I would probably still have, but it disappeared when my daughter was still a baby. There are times when I wish I still had it. I don't think it's really a security issue, but it's my blanket, and I want it back. lol
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I still do have my blanket from when I was a baby. However, it is tattered and worn now and to a certain sense it is a security issue so that is one thing from my childhood that will never be given to another child.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
22 Jan 10
my mom saved my barbies from when i was young and my daughters played with them for quite a while. (my mom made scads of homemade clothes for them too! but they have grown out of playing with them) i still have my favourite stuffed animal from when i was little too.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I have a doll from when I was first born that I had forgotten about and never gave it to Kathryn, so since she is a little older now, I've decided that I will continue to hold on to that until I have my first grand-daughter and that will be a gift to her.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
22 Jan 10
Like you, I wanted to keep and pass on my dollies, and I actually had 3 daughters, so that would have been perfect :) Only one survived, as my folk had 8 kids and there just wasn't room to keep things we'd outgrown. A few books also survived, and some special children's jewelry. So those, I've passed on to my kiddos :) Karen
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I think it is neat even if there is only one or two things that we were able to hold on to that our daughters could have when the appropriate time came. I gave Kathryn most of the things that I had held on to, however, there is this one doll that my Great-Aunt gave me when I was born that I never gave to my daughter. I figured I would hold on to her until my first grand-daughter is born. She is still in almost pristine condition.
@much2say (40199)
• United States
21 Jan 10
Honestly, I never had many toys growing up. I had a lot of hand me down toys, and stuff that my dad found (because of his work) - so there weren't too many toys that I had that I wanted to save. I did save, though not necessarily for my kids, a doll that my mom sewed for me. She was a yellow polyester doll with button eyes and yarn hair - she was my companion for a long time. I just didn't have the heart to ever get rid of her because my mother had made it for me! My sister and I did have quite a collection of childrens books though. She didn't care to keep any, so I took them for myself and kept them all (unless they were severely tattered). And many of these books are now read by my almost 5 year old . . . it's a joy to see her love the books that I once (or still) did!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
We also have hundreds of books that are left over from our childhood as well. My mother has opted to keep those at her house for all of the grandchildren to enjoy. However, my oldest loves to go over there for the simple fact that there are so many fun books to read at Nana's house.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
21 Jan 10
I do have some things I saved from my childhood that I would have loved to pass on. Some things, like story books, I have already passed on to my grandchildren. Other things I've saved were my dollhouse furniture (vintage 1950 haha), and my china tea set that my Grandmother got for me. As it is, I only have grandsons from both of my kids, so I guess that tea set and dollhouse furniture might have to stay boxed up. I do also have one doll that made it through. It was one of the first dolls that walked when you held her arms. I got her one Christmas when I was 5 or 6. My kids, as well as grandkids, make me keep her in the attic boxed away. They all say she is the creepiest doll they ever saw (because of the way her eyes move). They call her: Chuckie's sister (after that horror movie lol) Not much else of mine made it through as my parents house got hit by lightning when I was in my early 20's, and most all of my childhood stuff got ruined. Barbie dolls didn't come out until I was about 12 or 13, I still have one in pristine condition in it's original box!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I think I know the doll that you are referring to. My mother had the same one that my cousins, sister and I got to play with when we were younger. We played with her before the horror movie came out, but now that you mention it, she does look like she could have been Chuckie's sister.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Jan 10
hi dorannmwin well I suppose I must have saved some toys from myh childhood that could have been passed down to my own kids, but they were all part of the house sale when my parents sold out every thing to move to Arizona because of my dad's arthritis, mymom told me she had not realized that I wou ld get married, oh how that hurt, and she would have kept some of my toys and my childhood books, that hurt the worst. the idea that I would never get married because I did not marry at twenty. they were flabbergasted when I told them I was already married when I was thirty to the man they had to know I wou ld marry. they met him, and knew he and I were dating. so I was supposed to be the old maid to stay mom and care for mom and dad. well it just did not happen. My marriage was a great one, lasted 43 years. We had two children, a boy and a girl. our little girl we lost at age 8. my son would have loved my old childhood books as they were all the same ones he picked out to read as a kid.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Jan 10
It's sad to hear that you didn't have anything from childhood to give to your children. However, it is clear to see that they were both blessed with a wonderful mother and there isn't a better gift that I would ever be able to think of.