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Time Honored Toys for the Holidays

Posted Dec 20 2008 6:40pm


When I talk to people about buying kids gifts for the holidays the conversation seems to swing one of two ways, toward whatever toy is getting the biggest buzz (heaven forbid Oprah mentions a toy on her show!) or commercial air-time or the discussion becomes a friendly debate about the most beneficial toys or “smartest” toys based on current studies or some recent research or article.

Lately though, I find myself rediscovering the magic of some of the time worn classics. You know the toys, you grew up with, you know - the good ones. Little green plastic army men, matchbox cars, alphabet blocks, Legos (don’t get me started!), Play-Doh, the list goes on.

Recently the Strong National Museum of Play had three more inductees into their hall of fame; the baby doll, skateboard and my personal favorite, the stick. Can you imagine your kid’s face when they open their gift on Christmas morning and it’s a stick from the backyard! Priceless.

A lot of strong ideas conjure up when you stare at their list of 41 inductees. If this list doesn’t do it for you, I highly recommend you popping over to the Holiday Gift Guide put out every year by the Parents’ Choice. Here’s something to jog your memory while you’re trying to figure out what to get you grandson, niece or daughter; [* in alphabetical order]

  • alphabet blocks
  • Atari 2600 game console
  • Baby Doll
  • bicycle
  • Barbie
  • cardboard box
  • Candyland
  • checkers
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Duncan Yo-yo
  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Erector Set
  • Etch-a-Sketch
  • Frisbee
  • G.I. Joe
  • Hula Hoop
  • jack-in-the-Box
  • jacks
  • jigsaw puzzle
  • jump rope
  • kite
  • LEGO
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Lionel Trains
  • marbles
  • Monopoly
  • Play-Doh
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Radio Flyer Wagon
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy
  • rocking horse
  • roller skates
  • Scrabble
  • Silly putty
  • skateboard
  • slinky
  • stick
  • teddy bear
  • Tinker Toys
  • Tonka Trucks
  • View Master

Sited and Related Links:
Strong National Museum of Play
International Herald Tribune | Honored toys: Baby Doll, skateboard and the stick
Parents’ Choice Holiday Gift Guide

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