What inexpensive toys did you love as a child?

United States
April 8, 2008 8:49pm CST
What toys did you love as a child... My boyfriend loved to go to a store outside the Temple his family went to in India and used to love playing with these clay figurines with bobbing heads. He would play with them until they fell apart and then would get another. My neices and nephews used to love to crawl in and out of packing boxes and sometimes played in a tent city made of chairs and sheets. I liked my spirograph and etch-a-sketch and bubbles. What inexpensive toys and play things did you like as a child?
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• United States
9 Apr 08
I dont really remember to many toys that i had, i do remember having barbies, and a bunch of little toys, but the one i remember most is, MY Amazing Amy, my mom got it for me and you feed her and stuff like that, it was cool. I lost all the peices before i realy had much time to play with her though. She had the same name as my mom and I always thought that was funny.
• United States
11 Apr 08
The Amazing Amy ... with a name the same as your mom... wondering if that was why she bought it? I wouldn't be surprised. That doll sure sounds like it beats one I was given. It was a doll that had batteries in it and was completely unhuggable. It was rather scary looking. You would turn it on and it would walk with stiff baby steps,saying, "My name is Shrinking Violet and I am afraid of noisy boys" I disliked that doll and never wanted to play with it. Your doll sounds like she was much more fun because it had "stuff"
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• United States
11 Apr 08
yea it was fun, sucked when it stoped working, it had food to feed it, drinks and toys, clothes, all kinds of stuff. fun, she had sensors in her mouth and on her underwear so she knows when your taking care of her.
• United States
13 Apr 08
It sounds like she was quite complicated... Wondering if she was soft and easy to squeeze or if her body was as hard as that of the shrinking violet doll.
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• India
9 Apr 08
Sometime or the other , we used to have some construction project going on in the neighborhood. Whenever we had a chance, me and my friends would just got to that place and start building castles and small villages. It was fun watching the sand take shape to our imaginations and later we would leave it like that so that the people who worked there would see it in the morning, but usually some stray dog, would have already spoilt it by the time the people got a chance to see the wonderful things we had made. It was wonderful playing with sand all those times and I still go and sit in a pile of sand if i get a chance and remember the good old days.
• United States
9 Apr 08
How cool... making small sand villages... sounds like real fun... I'll bet that you would go crazy over a sandy beach... so much sand to make things with. There are now contests for teams of adults in some places around the world. You might want to look it up on the net. You need not refrain from sand building forever.
• India
9 Apr 08
Thanks for the info bro.. but I ain't rich enough to go around making sand castles [:P]. It seems I have also lost the art of making those castles in sand.. I just have to hit a beach again with some kids and get to do it again..
• United States
11 Apr 08
Just so you know... I am female.. grins... so not your bro... your sister. I hope you get a chance to go to the beach with children soon and play in the sand... Perfection would not be needed, only the fun of it returning. grins.. Wishing you happiness there and everywhere.
@rhane7315 (5670)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
i think it that toy was an ordinary garter lol as a child, i really love to play chinese garter most of the time and some other games that me and my friends can think using a garter lol
• United States
11 Apr 08
I have never before heard of chinese garter. How was it played?
@rhane7315 (5670)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
hmm it has the same style like a jumping rope i guess but the garter just stays in place and you should be able to reach it as it goes higher. when it becomes too high for you, you can do some cartwheel (if you want) or any style that you want as long as you reach and move to the next place. i think it would be better for me to demonstrate it to you rather than saying it
• United States
13 Apr 08
It sounds like this game requires a lot of coordination... I hate to admit it but I never did master the cartwheel.
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
9 Apr 08
My childhood friends and me would play with plants, pretending them to be vegetables and the guava leaves as money and a bowl shapes leaves as bowls and plates. Most of our utensils are improvised- sticks for knives, spoon, fork, etc. We are pretending that we have our own restos and when we get tired, we would gather the gumamela leaves and flowers and add some soap and we have bubbles already :-)
• United States
11 Apr 08
You played with immagination and used all natural things.. plants... I am wondering, did anyone who played with you then ever open or work in a restaurant?
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
Not a resto but a small food canteen...I also love to experiment in cooking but since I am really the one in charged in cooking at home, I don't do it often but nevertheless, I can say that I am good at it.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
9 Apr 08
picked up a long stick and played like it was my horse also we had a apple tree that had a limb that bent like a horse and we played like we were riding every where on that branch.
• United States
11 Apr 08
Ah you created a horse out of a stick... That sounds like it was fun. That apple tree must have enjoyed being part of the fun.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
11 Apr 08
yup and that apple tree must of for we got lots of apples off it!
@bubblyapple (2654)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
my cousins, sister and i used to play with paper dolls. i think i'm about 5 or 6 years old then, we used to tear old notebooks pages and make paper dolls out of it. we would design dresses for dolls too, we would dress the dolls the most glamorous we thought it could be and would see who could make the most beautiful dress for our dolls. ahhh love it!!! oh well, old memories, it feels good to reminisce childhood memories once in a while. :-)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Ah paper dolls...very nice... I am glad to be able to trigger childhood memories here as we all get into so much seriousness in our lives away from mylot that I thought we could use a break from it here.
• United States
9 Apr 08
I once had a steel-mould horse toy as a child which was given to me. I don't know how much it costed that time, but it was given to me by my father's drinking buddy who happened to be a jeepney driver. The toy actually came from his jeepney, atypical of Philippine made public transport. It was my favorite because it cannot break, it does not wear, not can it tear. I am not sure where I put it, because I am sure, it is still extant. Well, memories right?
• United States
11 Apr 08
That memory sounds like it was a good one. I think that most young people like horses and you had a toy horse. Congratulations! It sounds like it was fun and the fact that it came from that car made it even more so.
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I loved playing in the dirt. Does that count? I always thought I'd be working in a museum one day. No though. But! It was very inexpensive and I played with that all the time.
• United States
11 Apr 08
Yes dirt counts... and scientists have actually found out that there are some chemicals or microbes in dirt that are mood elevators... so guess what, when you played in dirt then and when you garden or plant things or dig in the dirt now you are able to make yourself happier by doing so.
@calcynic (433)
• United States
9 Apr 08
My very favorite things to play with/in were the boxes that big things were crated in. The bigger, the better. When I was about 3, my parents bought me a fire truck large enough to sit on and ride. I pulled the truck out of the box and promptly jumped into the box and made believe I was driving a fire truck.
• United States
11 Apr 08
I can just see them looking at that and chuckling and trying to get you to get into the truck... Did you ever play with that truck?
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
9 Apr 08
my dad worked in a correctional facility as a chef when i was young and that was when they had cool prizes in cereal boxes...he used to bring home stuff and i remember playing with this car that i got from that and also a plastic dude with a real clothe parachute (not like the cheap ones now)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Sounds like you had a good time with that car and plastic dude... I'm glad that your dad brought them home for you.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I am in my early forties and it does not seem that we had any elaborate toys when I was growing up. We played with yo yos, marbles, bubbles and most often we played under our tent cities - with sheets pinned to chairs and every other piece of furniture we could see... my mother was very patient with us to do this - so long as it was all put up by the time daddy got home from work. I also loved my spirograph and light brite, easy bake oven was about the most elaborate I had. neighbors had tinker toys and lincoln logs, much less expensive back then than now in their nostalgia.
• United States
11 Apr 08
You bring up some that others have not mentioned... the yoyos, marbles, the lite brite and the easy bake oven... My sisters and I played with them too... Did you ever walk the dog with the yo yo?
• United States
9 Apr 08
Linkin logs! I loved those. I remember destroying all the stuff my brother built with them. But we also made some neat things with them too haha. And WOW I totally forgot about spirograph! ( I dont know if thats spelled correctly- but you mentioned it so I'm sure you know what it is haha)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Linkin Logs... I remember a lot of the boys I knew liked them too. I am not sure how to spell that word either but did enjoy playing with it
9 Apr 08
playing with simple clay toys and small builder box i still love them but dont play with them
• United States
11 Apr 08
I must admit, I wonder sometimes why we stop playing with toys... I secretly hug my stuffed toys sometimes and play with other things making sure that I keep that child aspect of me alive as it keeps a person young at heart. The body may age. There may be adult responsibilities but always there should be time to enjoy the simple pleasures and to teach the young how to enjoy them as well. I am hoping that you find a bit of time just to play a little with what you love.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I remember how I loved bubbles, making mud pies, and jumping rope. There was always a game of baseball going on somewhere in the neighborhood and we would all get into that. I am amazed at how kids these days can't seem to play without video games, movies,etc. We had to use our imagination as we didn't have all of the computerized toys and expensive toys.
• United States
11 Apr 08
Ah jumping rope, bubbles, mud pies and baseball... sounds like you had some fun. It is sad that the children of today have not experienced as much companionship with their peers as we have had... Now with the No Child Left Behind and with the threat of law suits, school days are spent preparing for tests, even in kindergarten, and the children are being deprived the ability to play at school and they are also being deprived of it at home as their neighborhoods are often not seen as being safe enough to play in or perhaps their parents are too busy to show them how to play. It is a sad thing to be sure. I though have hope that this will change for the better once again.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
9 Apr 08
here were many. i also liked thsoe clay toys. also there were those figures made from palm leaves. i used to play with those. i loved ballons also in my childhood. there were most things very cheap that i used to play with.
• United States
11 Apr 08
figures mad from palm leaves... I am picturing something woven together with overlapping weave forming people... that and the clay toys sounded fun. I loved the balloons too. Grins thanks for mentioning them.
@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
9 Apr 08
I actually enjoy Lego blocks....building things with it. We had a few of that when I was a child and it was fun then...Would love to play with play-doh, but unfortunately, my parents didn't get that for me...
• United States
9 Apr 08
I can just see those Legos... What did you like building with them? I was wondering... did you try making things with flour and water and salt as a kid? that was the cheap modeling compound for those whose parents didn't purchase playdough.
@jhl930 (3605)
• United States
9 Apr 08
i think that my favorite toys as a child was the etch a sketch like you...and i don't know if they were expensive or not but that is what i really liked as a kid...i mean they were fun to me and they kept me entertained as a child and they were hard to tear up becaue trust me i tore a lot of my toys up and i still have them...so thats would have to be my most favorite toy... jhl930
• United States
9 Apr 08
I must admit that I once witnessed the destruction of an etch-a-sketch by a frustrated and angry 2nd grade teacher who grabbed it from a boy because he was playing with it when he was not supposed to. She then yelled at the kids in the class, sat down, cried, and slammed her fists down on that etch-a-sketch causing the plastic to break and clouds of black dust flying into the air. All of the students looked on in stunned silence. The teacher left the room in tears and never came back... I will never forget that as long as I live... I still think about that poor kid with the etch-a-sketch... And that teacher... After that I knew that the Etch-A-Sketch was not indestructable... I am glad that yours survived throughout your life and that they gave you pleasure.