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10 Vintage Toys that Never Go Out of Style

Updated on August 13, 2012

Play Time

Today, kids have so many choices when it comes to toys that they could pretty much have a different toy everyday if parents were to provide them, that is. No doubt even the wealthiest parents could go broke keeping up with the newest products available. But the truth is, most children could have endless play time options with just a few of the old standby toys that have been around for ages. I have found with my own children that some toys are timeless. I have listed ten of my favorites.



This is a toy you can carry anywhere. It has no age limit and it requires you to get moving. I've seen these at the dollar store, so they are really affordable. Cheap, easy, and fun.

Hula Hoop

I love to watch kids play with a hula hoop, it can get pretty hilarious. I even join in to let the kids laugh at me for a little while.

Hula Hoop Kid

Jump Rope

One child or ten, it doesn'tmatter. Jumping rope is a great form of exercise that kids actually enjoy. They can jump by themselves with a rope or take turns jumping while two turn the rope (doesn't that bring back school plyground memories?).


No matter how old your child gets, they love to ride their bikes. My six year old and my 17 year old ride a bike. This is actually one of the few activities that my oldest son enjoys that doesn't require him holding an xbox controller.


Can you say versatile? Baseball, basketball, beachball, rubberball,etc. There are so many options here that I can't even begin to name them all but you get the point.


Card games are an excellent rainy day activity.It offers an opportunity for the whole family to play and with one deck of cards, you can play a variety of different games.

Building Blocks

From lettered toddler blocks to legos, kids love to build things. It allows them to use their imagination while improving motor skills.


Most kids enjoy drawing pictures and coloring . It can also be a source of some great art work for your fridge

Water Pistol

When it gets hot outside, water pistols are a fun way to keep cool. You can buy these little buggers several to a pack at most department stores for just a few dollars.

Play Doh

Kids can get pretty creative with a pile of dough. Even though tiny hands may create some strange looking globs, to them they are masterpieces and that's what matters



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      Schoolmom24 4 years ago from Oregon

      So true- these are basic, classic toys that not only I have played with, but my daughters still play with, as well!

      I just wrote a hub about my childhood toys and why I kept them so hope you can stop by. (I'm fairly new to Hubpages) I was a child of the '60's and '70's, yet my youngest is 11 now so quite the span of time from own childhood to hers- yet some things still remain the same!

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      Lisa Palmer 5 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      Thanks sgbrown....I appreciate you stopping by and voting. I agree with you. Kids do play too many video games and if they were given any of these toys, they can entertain themselves for a long time.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I think the simplest toys are the best. I wish I had invented the frisbee! That is still fun to play today as well as the hula hoop. Kids spend too much time on electronic games these days. Even my grandkids, all they want to do is play computer games on games on the tv. Weather permitting, they have to play outside at least for a while, when they come to Nana's house. Great hub! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Lisa Palmer 5 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      Thanks Lady G. I really appreciate it. I read your hub, Great job.

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      Lisa Palmer 5 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      I know what you mean. I have six year old who could sit for hours and play a complicated video game but gets frustrated when he can't master a hula hoop. These simple toys require them to get of the couch or atleast use their imagination. Thanks for reading.

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      Debra Allen 5 years ago from West By God

      I wrote a hub about other toys that do not need any battieries or other forms of "GO" in them. I will link this one with mine. This is great. I posted mine of Face Boki and got some strange reactions about the graphics in them. I told them the only graphics in them are from the imagination of the child. Boy this person asked if I had kids and I told him YES and they have imaginations. What wasn't said by me and I wish I had, that there are other things that go into raising a child other than their visual aspects. As a child they also have other skills they need to develop, like manual dexterity, small and large motor groups of muscles and the like. These cannot be developed by pressing buttons and sitting on their behinds for hours.

      Oh and here is the link that I will be linking up with you hub here:

      On second thought I will pot your link on my Face Book page too. Great Christmas Gifts for kids!!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      It's funny to come across this list today because I was hearing from a mother that she needed to make some changes for her young children because they do not know how to play. I was stunned, but she explained that all the electronic toys and teaching aids have taken over and her littles ones do not know how to really play/create/build/etc. A stunning thought! I'm glad she recognized it before it was too late!

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great toy picks! I completely agree with this list. As a pre-school teacher, I still get to play with many of these on a daily basis.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Thanks for memories, the simple toys are the stayers! Up and interesting

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      IAmForbidden 6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i love hula hoop and jump rope and bike!! Yes, they never go out of style.

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      Lisa Palmer 6 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      Thanks Billy... It's amazing how fancy, complicated toys come and go so fast but a simple plastic disk has lasted for many years..go figure..

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wouldn't it have been nice to buy stock in the Frisbee when it first came out? What a simply delightful toy that everyone loves! Great hub!