What Toys Did You Play With When You Were A Child?

@Beestring (13505)
Hong Kong
August 24, 2022 5:23am CST
When I was a child, there was no Barbie. I loved to play paper dolls. Paper dolls are figures cut out of paper or thin card, with separate clothes, also made of paper, that are usually held onto the dolls by paper folding tabs. I loved to design the clothes for the dolls. I'm not sure if Lego was available at that time. In any case, our family could not afford to buy them. I played with wooden building blocks. I used the blocks to build houses, bridges. I also played water guns with my elder brothers. Since my elder sister was 10 years older than me, I seldom played with her. What toys did you play with when you were a child?
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@Juliaacv (48759)
• Canada
24 Aug 22
You played with toys that inspired your imagination. The toys that I played with consisted mostly of dolls. My mother was good at sewing and she would make different pieces of doll clothing. In the nice weather I loved to ride my bicycle, in the winter I loved to skate on the ditch near by and go down the hill on the tobaggan.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
It's nice to see different pieces of clothing on your dolls. I only learned how to ride a bicycle when I got older.
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@Juliaacv (48759)
• Canada
24 Aug 22
@Beestring My God Father used to spoil me with fancy dolls for my birthday and for Christmas. I had far more then any child needed. I remember he gave me one all dressed up as a bride. My mother used to put a piece of plastic over it so that the sun would not yellow the dress and I never ever played with that one as it was too fancy for my liking. I remember having almost 20 dolls at one time, and that was before I got into the Barbie doll phase. I received a bike after passing out of grade 2, and from then on all of my nice weather days were spent out pedaling on it. I really loved to ride the bike on our little back road where there was no traffic and it was very quiet and peaceful.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
@Juliaacv Wow, so many dolls. How did you play with them other than dressing them up?
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@RebeccasFarm (86984)
• United States
24 Aug 22
We played cards and monopoly. Sometimes I played with some pull along wooden ducks when I was very small child.
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@marlina (154165)
• Canada
24 Aug 22
I played Monopoly and Chinese checkers and cards.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
Our family played monopoly a lot too.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
@marlina II like playing Chinese checkers too.
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• United States
24 Aug 22
I loved paper dolls and used to spend hours makes clothes for them. I was no fashion designer but my paper dolls had a huge wardrobe. I also loved playing with baby dolls . I didn't have Barbies either they were more popular when my daughters were little. My favorite pasttime was riding my bike with my friends.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
Me too. I designed a lot of clothes for my paper dolls.
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@sol_cee (38222)
• Philippines
24 Aug 22
Paper dolls! Omg, I remember making my paper doll dresses and coloring them and making hangers too, hanging them in my makeshift dresser
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@sol_cee (38222)
• Philippines
25 Aug 22
@Beestring just cardboard hangers lol
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
@sol_cee That's good enough.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
Wow, you made hangers too. That was fun.
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@sica98 (2441)
• Malaysia
24 Aug 22
Mine was mostly Barbie dolls and a Tamagotchi which I cared for deeply like a real pet.I have played with paper doll figurine at one point but when my mom introduce me to Barbie, the paper doll and other toy like stuffed animal whooshed out the window for me.I became obsessed with Barbie.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
I was quite obsessed with paper dolls. Never played with Barbie dolls even when I got older when my family could afford to buy me one.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
@sica98 You have a point there. For Barbie, do you design the clothing for the doll?
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@sica98 (2441)
• Malaysia
24 Aug 22
@Beestring Paper doll and Barbie has similarities with the whole all you can dress up thing.The thing with paper doll is that it always tear after a while with the folding tabs.I had to always use tape to fix it because I overplayed with them.
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@dodostrez (150)
• Yogyakarta, Indonesia
25 Aug 22
when i was child like make weapons from banana trees
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
Oh, that is interesting. What kind of weapons you've made?
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
@dodostrez I see. What do you use it for?
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• Yogyakarta, Indonesia
25 Aug 22
like this
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24 Aug 22
A tiny painted metal kitchen stove with dining table and chairs, mom and dad and children figures that matched the little kitchen. You had a wonderful childlike life. Your childhood toys gave you fond memories.
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24 Aug 22
@Beestring I remember imagining and playing with my little kitchen set. I was three, 1965. Those were the simple, happy days of childlike play and life. :-)
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
Yes, although our family could not afford to buy me expensive toys, I enjoyed the toys I played with. Your kitchen set sounds good.
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@gtdoss (1013)
• United States
25 Aug 22
I played with Barbie dolls a little. I also played with paper dolls a little. I never did have many dolls, though, because I thought they were creepy! I did have a Crissy doll, though, the one with the pullout hair, that I loved very much. I guess if I had to pick the kind of toys I loved the most, it would be toys you could play outside, like the water pistols you mentioned!
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
Yea, I had a fun time playing water pistols with the brothers.
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@oahuwriter (26778)
• United States
25 Aug 22
Jacks, marbles, jump rope. Older, our family liked board games like Monopoly & Scrabble.
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@oahuwriter (26778)
• United States
26 Aug 22
@Beestring Was fun!
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
oh, I like jump rope too.
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@Rashnag (30594)
• Surat, India
25 Aug 22
Glad to know about your toys you played with. It shows to be content and make do with whatever one has it. I played with one barbie I guess. I played with another doll. I use to play with teddy bears and a plastic bowling pin type toy called Hit me. I like to hit it on nose and sound use to come
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@Rashnag (30594)
• Surat, India
25 Aug 22
@Beestring Yes it is. It's fun to play with
@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
Yes, I enjoyed the toys I played with. Your toy Hit me sounds interesting.
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@ScotMac (1335)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
24 Aug 22
I played a lot with Meccano. A little bit of Lego too but mainly I read a lot of books
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@ScotMac (1335)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
25 Aug 22
@Beestring I don't read so much nowadays - too busy online!
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
That should be fun. Do you still like reading now?
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• China
24 Aug 22
I like to wear my mother's high-heeled shoes and my sister's high-heeled shoes. I like to tie wooden blocks to my feet.It's strange to walk like this
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@ScotMac (1335)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
25 Aug 22
@58lordstreet Don't knock it until you've tried it!
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24 Aug 22
@Beestring no i was never into shoes thank goodness, that would have been odd lol
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
Haha, I've tried wearing my sister's high-heeled shoes too.
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• China
24 Aug 22
My sister sewed my doll with cloth and stuffed it with cotton to support the doll's head and body.I have wooden blocks and plastic blocks
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• China
24 Aug 22
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
So basically, your sister made a doll for you.
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24 Aug 22
no Barbie ? ah 1959 it was invented .........I played with Tressy and cindy but they werent mine lol Mostly spirograph type things / colouring/art/Trolls/ etc
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24 Aug 22
@Beestring she my auntie always bought something arty for me at christmas- had the plastic that you pour into moulds to make paperweights , probably highly dangerous now lol
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
@58lordstreet You had been exposed to many artistic things. Are you doing something in the art field now?
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
24 Aug 22
Barbie was not that popular in my place at that time. Even if it's available, my family could not afford to buy me a Barbie doll. So I played paper dolls. You've played with many artistic things.
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@averygirl72 (37770)
• Philippines
25 Aug 22
I played with clay real clay and love making cooking pots plates and spoons and bowls
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
That was creative and fun.
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@LeaPea2417 (36610)
• Toccoa, Georgia
24 Aug 22
My sister and I played with dolls and paper dolls. We also liked board games like Monopoly. Also one of my favorite creative type games was "Lite Brite" and I liked coloring in coloring books.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
Haven't heard of "Lite Brite". I also liked coloring in coloring books.
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@marlina (154165)
• Canada
24 Aug 22
I did play with paper dolls too and regular dolls, no Barbie.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
It appears that paper dolls were quite popular in those days.
@Edsamacos (557)
• Philippines
24 Aug 22
We had toy cars and most of my childhood games were on the street.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
My brothers played with toy cars a lot.
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@porwest (78756)
• United States
25 Aug 22
Honestly not many. I was always a "creative" kid, and so many of the "toys" I played with were things I made and made up. True story.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
It was fun to play with things you made yourself. You must be a creative person.
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@Sojourn (13839)
• India
24 Aug 22
I played with toy car models , robots running on AA batteries that had a switch to turn it on or off, and loved to arrange playing cards.
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@Beestring (13505)
• Hong Kong
25 Aug 22
Sounds fun.
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