Let’s all admit it. We love buying toys for our kids that remind us of our own childhood. Marketers know this which is why there are so many toys available to our children that were once the best things in our universe. So I thought I’d write up a list of 15 retro toys you can buy for yourself this Christmas…and pass it off as a gift for your child. ;)
Lite Brite Led Flat Screen – I played this well into my pre-teen years. It’s no wonder I became an artist. This is such a fun toy and it’s on my daughter’s list for Santa.
Hasbro® Simon Swipe Game – Ahh Simon. The original game of quick reactions. The original didn’t always work so well because you had to push down on the buttons, but this new and improved version is touch-sensitive.
My Little Pony was one of the treasures that I enjoyed playing with in my bedroom. I loved combing and braiding the ponies’ hair and then playing for hours.
Shrinky Dinks – I have some very fond memories making the sun-catchers in the oven with my mother. It was so much fun painting and creating and then they magically turned into something real and useful.
Snoopy Sno Cone Maker – Quite possibly the coolest toy ever. I love that it’s back!
Cabbage Patch Dolls – I actually just found out that my favorite dolls that grow from the ground are back. I may just buy one for myself.
Spirograph – This thing would keep my sister and I busy for hours. It was so easy to create intricate shapes with all of those little plastic templates.
Easy Bake Oven – Wasn’t it the most exciting thing ever to have the freedom to safely bake things in your own mini oven? I don’t think I ever owned one of these buy I loved playing with them at friends’ houses.
Pogo Stick – While I’m not sure if I’d have the agility or coordination or agility to hop on one of these nowadays, that wouldn’t stop me from trying. I love that we used our bodies to make things move…and now we can again.
Battleship I don’t believe this game ever went anywhere but they’ve definitely improved on it. Electronic battleship for the win!
Pound Puppies – If you didn’t have a dog growing up, this was the next best thing. Or a chance to prove to mom and dad that you’e responsible enough for the real thing.
Strawberry Shortcake – Oh, sweet Strawberry. I loved everything SS themed as a child of the 80s. Love that she’s back!
Classic Etch a Sketch – This one will never get old. I will still grab one of these and try to draw myself a seamless piece of art.
Rock Em Sock Em Robots – Outside of an actual boxing rink, one of the most fun ways to get out your agression.
This is going to be the year of the throwback Christmas in our house. I know that my kids will love many of these toys as much as my husband and I did!
Am I missing any toys? What are your favorite childhood toys that are now back?
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NEPA MOM says
I love how the toys I played with as a kid are now “retro”…i guess that means I really am getting old!
I love the pogo stick and light bright.
Christina @ It's a Keeper says
I love how the classics keep coming back! I had so much fun with some of these toys as a kid.
I always loved Shrinky Dinks and The Spirograph as a kid!!
Heather M says
My daughter LOVES all things My Little Pony. Great gift list.
Barb @ A Life in Balance says
Shrinky dinks! I wanted to share those with my kids. DD7 and I are trying out the Easy Bake Oven. I’m sure she’ll love it.
As a child of the 70s, I played with each one of these, except the Pound Puppy. I would add the Slinky!!! My sister and I spent hours setting that thing up to go down the stairs…………the longer the staircase, the better!
Making Our Life Matter says
We cannot keep the Spirograph in stock at work. I am absolutely amazed. Heather, this is a seriously great list of toys!
I always wanted a sno-cone machine when I was a kid! I might have to buy one for the kiddos just so I can play with it lol