I am still on vacation in the states, but during a lull I found myself reminiscing about when my two boys were still children and what they did for playtime/fun. I found myself remembering all kinds of toys and games that they had from toddlerhood on up. One toy they both enjoyed was this record machine. There were five discs and each played a different song (Twinkle Twinkle, Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc.). I recall how much fun they had with this one.
When they were infants, they had one of these activity sets that lasted well beyond the crib. They were still playing with it when they learned how to walk!
This toy, also by Fisher Price, is a standard still. Stacking rings provided not only fun, but help with teething as I recall. I remember the rings at the bottom of the toy box--never on the toy itself, much to my dismay as a young mother.
As they grew, the toys became a bit more sophisticated. This Water Ring Toss would send the small, colored, plastic rings scattered throughout the water with the push of a button. Hard to believe something so innocent and lacking in technology would amaze them.
The Big Wheels were a big hit with the boys. Five years apart, this tricycle was indestructible and both of my sons used the same one with equal enjoyment. I would venture to guess that this thing outlived two of our cars!
I could never forget this little pull toy! How are little ones today going to pull a cell phone around on a string as they begin to learn to walk?
I found these characters everywhere around the house; in the lounge cushions, in the bathtub, on the window sills, and in my purse. At times, I'd swear that they were procreating. The boys always had one close by.
This last photo isn't one of the toys they enjoyed, but certainly is reminiscent of much of their childhood. Children of the 70's didn't enjoy 15 cent hamburgers, I know. They were 15 cents in 1948 -1968 and when my first son was born in 1972 they cost a whopping 25 cents. Still, I remember it was a treat for them.