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Kids and Their Toys

Updated on June 30, 2012

Sometimes the Simplest are the Best

Letter and number wooden blocks - kids don't even realize they are learning, or reinforcing learning!
Letter and number wooden blocks - kids don't even realize they are learning, or reinforcing learning! | Source

Making and Launching Homemade Rockets!

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My two boys made these rockets.  See the other photo of some being launched off.The most exciting part of making homemade rockets - The Launch!
My two boys made these rockets.  See the other photo of some being launched off.
My two boys made these rockets. See the other photo of some being launched off. | Source
The most exciting part of making homemade rockets - The Launch!
The most exciting part of making homemade rockets - The Launch! | Source

Hotwheels and Lego Creations

My son comes up with some fun ideas, and I was able to capture a few of them with my camera.
My son comes up with some fun ideas, and I was able to capture a few of them with my camera. | Source
Battle time, with Legos!
Battle time, with Legos! | Source

Kids and their toys

Childhood Toys

We all loved toys growing up, and I know I am not alone when I wondered what happened to them all. I mean, I know we outgrow things, and move on...but once in a while we truly wonder about the barbies and old vintage Hotwheels perhaps.

In an effort to help remember their childhoods and all their toys, I am sharing here a few of my boy's creations over the years. Kids can do much more than just the obvious, with their toys. You can often see creativity branching out in ways you didn't quite expect as seen with the designs of the blocks, cars and Lego's here. I didn't prompt any of that, I just took photos later, after their creativity wore out on a particular toy. I wish more kids spent more time like this on toys!

Encouraging the Use of Toys

It is actually very educational for kids, as many of you know, to have access to different toys and get to use their creativity to build different things. They learn about balancing, patterns, colors, numbers, what works and what doesn't, etc. Sometimes, just having a select amount of particular toys out can be a great stimulator for kids. Not encouraging them to play with things, but just having them out so they can play with them.

Whenever my younger nieces or nephews come to visit, I bring out all the kids books, and toys that were favorites for years. It is like Duplos and Legos are super prized items sometimes, the way they will play with them. It allows the adults and everyone to visit all together so often, which I love.

We have other classics not shown here, like Thomas the Tank Engine wooden tracks, for example. Those are classic and wonderful toys for kids! We save those types, and I am sure I will bring these out when I have grandchildren one day hopefully! Some toys and games, never grow old.

My younger son, used to take all his little cars and line them up, ready to race across the kitchen floor, when we lived in Texas. When he was ready, he would call me, and have me watch how he would set them all off and they would start racing as fast as he could make them. Whichever cars ended up the furthest, would win. If there was a tie, they would race again to see who the ultimate winners were. I love to see children have fun using their imaginations!

Some of My Favorite Toys from Young Childhood

Some of my most memorable toys include ones like the little farm and farmer with the barn and animals. I could kind of play and just lose myself in certain games and toys. How about Lightbright? Did anyone else just love that? Etch a Sketch, Jack in the Box, favorite childhood books, and the wooden shapes that go into their special slots in the wooden box were also favorites.

I loved being outdoors as a child, climbing trees, running, riding my bike, freeze tag, kick ball, and playing hide and go seek. Its fun to think back to some old favorite things we did as kids. I hope more kids remember or even know to play some of these very fun games and enjoy different activities.

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Aboutaustralia, thank you for your comment. It is fascinating to learn about these things through the eyes of child development, even from infancy. Small children learn from everything around them. Toys are a huge part of that. Happy you found it nostalgic and that you liked it! That makes my day. Those old toys can really take me back! Have a great week.

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      aboutaustralia 

      6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      You're so right - kids learn so much from playing with toys. Nice hub and a great nostalgic read! Loved it, voted up. Sharon

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