Retro Toys and Games That Are Still Fun Today
The next time you get to visit our childhood home, take a look at the toys you had as a kid. It is a little surprising to realize that most of these toys are of great quality and can still be played with by our own children. But are they going to enjoy them? In this technological age of tapping, swiping, and voice recognition software and whatnot, we can’t help but doubt it. Your children might surprise you, though!
Rubik’s Cube, Barbie dolls, G.I. Joes… these are some toys that may still have some pull when it comes to entertainment value. We’ve listed 10 great toys and games that will surely still be enjoyed by kids today.
What can we say, the classics really are dependable and won’t let us down. Building blocks have been a part of our childhoods for generations. There are a number of brand names when it comes to these kinds of toys, but the two that stand out are Lego and Lincoln Logs.
The game of tag is played by children of all ages, from all walks of life. It’s a shame if your kid can already run and has no idea what “tag, you’re it” means. Tag is a game played anywhere that has a big running space: in playgrounds, at the park, backyard, or the streets (though not near roads, of course).
All around the world, children play different versions of tag with different sets of rules, each more creative and exciting than the last. Teach the kids this simple game and see how much fun they have, and how much exercise they did instead of flexing their fingers on that darn device.
OLD-SCHOOL GAMES CONSOLES
Gamer moms and dads are going to love this idea. Think of the first games console you had as a kid. Look back and count the hours you spent sitting in front of that old TV, playing that old game that seemed so simple and needed graphic upgrades badly.
Why is Minecraft such a blast for today’s children? It’s that simple tech that attracts them, and if that’s the case, then maybe they’d like our old video games? Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Tetris… they can go nuts with the range of choices they have and how easy the gameplay is. Have fun with a little blast from the past! Oh, and yes, don’t forget to teach the kids how to play the other games and stop hogging the controller!
EASY-BAKE OVEN & CASH REGISTER
Children love make-believe and creating their own little worlds when they are playing. Some of our best friends when we were little were those dolls and teddy bears we had afternoon tea parties with. What better way to host a tea party than an oven, usually the Easy-Bake Oven?
This ultra-reliable toy enabled hundreds of children to find their passion for cooking, and many of them are surely now professionals in the culinary industry. This toy was invented by Ronald Howes and was released some 56 years ago. What was amazing about the toy back then was that it really heats up. Newer models have been made since, but the classic look is really vintage.
Some of us weren’t very lucky as a child, because we didn’t have the luxury of playing with a lot of brand-name toys. But that didn’t mean we had a sad childhood. There are plenty of games and toys that we played with, and our memories are filled with these happy moments as a kid.
There are some simple and easy to make toys where the chief materials are right there inside our humble home, like the string telephone. Imagine how cute your kid would look, amidst the expensive toys and gadgets, playing with a string tied to a cup and talking to their sister or brother at the other end of the room. Make one with your child, and share a little creative moment.