Top Toys of The 1940s
Timeless Toy Classics
Top 10 Classic Toys from Yesteryear
There are many great toys that came out in the 1940s but, the ten in the list below stand out above the rest.
1. Slinky (1945): My brother and I had a Slinky growing up. We had a two story house and it was fun to get the slinky started and then watch it go step by step, end over end until it reaches the end of the stairs. The slinky commercial had everyone addicted before they even played with one. The game was to make the slinky make it all the way to the bottom of the steps. If the slinky didn't make it all the way down the stairs, it was the other person's turn.
2. Candy Land (1945): This is a game of 2-4 players. The game has a brightly colored board that you have to maneuver around. The first one to finish the board, wins the game. Candy Land is suitable for adults or children and requires no reading skills. Your moves are determined by drawing cards and following their directions. This game is more for children but, it sure does keep kids entertained for hours.
3. Army Men (1942): Army Men was released during WWII, and little boys everywhere wanted them. They came with little rifles made of plastic. Some of the men were standing and some were crouched down shooting their guns. Army men were known as little soldiers, and their weapons varied from rifles and pistols, to grenades, and flame throwers.
4. Scrabble (1940): A game of words that is still very popular today. Points are given for each word. There are more points per word the larger the word is. The words are formed across and downward and for a word to count and, it must be found in the dictionary. The game consists of two to four players. This is a great game to play with the family.
5. Model Airplanes (1942): Model Airplanes gave children the hopes of flying while keeping their feet on the ground. The airplanes have to be put together and painted. They were usually modeled after planes from WWI and WWII. These can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you want them to be..
6. Silly Putty (1943): This substance can bounce but, it can also flow like liquid. What I remember about Silly Putty, is that it came packaged in a plastic egg. It stretches out of course, and can be balled up in to many forms. I remember owning this as a child. My mom bought it for us from time to time. We would try to form it to things but, we also figured out that we could place it on top of the newspaper and it would pick up the print of the paper. This was fascinating to me.
7. Tonka Trucks (1946): These trucks are made of metal and the tires are usually made of hard plastic. Although, the dump trucks are well known, fire trucks, car, ambulance and vans are also made by Tonka. I loved to play with my cars during my childhood and playing with Tonka trucks was right up there with it.
8. Dominoes (1941): Also known as bones. It is a two player game. The object of the game is to empty your hand, while blocking your opponent's next move. There are five different types of Dominoes' games. My families' personal favorite is Mexican Dominoes. We play this during the holidays.
9. Sling Shot (1946): These can be cheap or, quite expensive. Sling Shots will shoot rocks or small pebbles, using a rubber band. Also known as, a bean shooter or, wrist rocket. More or less, it is a hand held projectile weapon. I remember when we would go to my grandmother's house, and my brother would try to shoot birds with the sling shot. He kept doing so until he was able to shoot a real gun.
10. Tricycle (1941): A tricycle was a lot of fun for me. My tricycle was used to death. When our house was being built, I rode my tricycle around the yard, through the sand and down the driveway. My mom always warned me about keep my tricycle in the driveway and I loved it enough to take her advice and keep it out of harms way.
* Please let me know what your favorite toy from this era is and why be leaving your comments in the capsule located at the bottom of this article.
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