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Old 07-03-2014, 05:38 AM
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All things toys!

Any special toys you remember buying for your children that you thought would stand the test of time, but didn't? How about toys that did stand the test of time? Any toys that you'd never buy again?

One test-of-time toy (for my daughters) was the Baby Alive Doll. They played with those drink-and-wet dolls for years... and because I used cloth diapers, they always had an unlimited supply of diapers to keep their baby dolls in.

As for my boys, Legos, were da-bomb!
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Hi Miss MP,

I truly adore the old fashion type toys that do not need batteries, or plugging in, although with some children today if it doesn't light up, or make noise it is probably boring.

I gave my oldest G'son a container of stickers for his birthday needless to say it did not go over as well as I would have liked. We are also giving him a "Music Maker" old fashioned stringed instrument, so if the power goes out he still can use it.

My son played with Legos for years. Also, Jacks, Marbles, and blocks are all tried and true. My grandson at times plays with Lincoln Logs, they seem to last forever, and his Wonder Springy Horse s still going strong.

Although books are not toys they can also be a wonderful addition to growing up.
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My sentiment exactly, Mom! The old-fashioned toys sparked a child's imagination and made for creative play and thinking, and... they promoted group play (like board games).

I believe the hands-on play of yesteryear lacks in today's society, and what a shame it is.
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Re: the baby dolls my daughters cherished and played with... those dolls made for realistic mommy play for them, because when it was time for me to change diapers on the baby (the real baby), they'd bring their dolls into the baby room and change them while I was changing.
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MMP,

That is so true! Some children as well as adults don't now how to use their imaginations, or were never raised to think or play in that manner. Imagination is so critical growing up. It is like if a person tries to help a butterfly out of its cocoon it will not develop properly. If all a child does is electronics and computers their imagination suffers. IMHO!
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You said it better than I ever could, Mom! I totally agree with everything you mentioned.
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I was thinking of other quality things related to play and fun in which my kids had, and that was the slip-n-slide (the long plastic sheet that turned slippery as ice once wet), and bath-time toys while they were in the tub.

Re: bathtub toys, I'm thinking of the plastic pipe that blew bubbles (exactly the same as a smokers pipe). My kids loved that pipe!

Helping to break-up the seriousness of bath-time is important to a young child, and so having a few things to occupy them with, that are fun and non-business can make all the difference in the world, turning bath-time into fun time!
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Oh, and, a favourite stuffed animal! Having a soft and warm fuzzy/stuffy to snuggle up to at night made for safe and comforting nights for my children. The stuffed animals were as integral to the successful part of getting ready for bedtime as pyjama and story-time were!
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And... board games! There's just no way we would have been able to get by without a selection of fun board games! Monopoly, Life, Scrabble, Masterpiece, and one or two more were tops in our home!

Weekends were board game time, and kids from around the neighbourhood would flock to our house to join in! We'd have a ball! Still do!
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IMO board games are still the best bang for ones buck! The use and fun a child/family gets from a single board game, trumps all! Everyone sprawled-out on the floor around the board, rolling dice, playing/moving their pieces, laughing... it's how life and play should be!
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