Top Toys of The 1950s
50s Toys Throwbacks
Terrific Toys From Yesteryear
I hope that this brings back good memories of your and your family whether it is how it is now or when we were growing up, we tend to play at Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve. If you don't have a family night, or family traditions during the holidays, you might want to consider this time with your family as a new tradition. You could also play at everyone's birthdays.
1. Barbie (1959): This is the doll that every girl wanted to be like. She has the Barbie Mansion, 1957 Chevy and all the clothes that a girl could want. This made every young girl want to be like her. I remember playing with my Barbies as a young girl. I liked to imagine that Ken is my boyfriend and that I am Barbie. In my imagination we would go on the nicest trips and had plenty of money. If only it was for real.
2. Checkers (1951): This is a two player board game and the goal is to jump the other player's pieces. Once the other player has no more pieces, you have won the game. There are different rule variations but, the object is to have all your men crowned as kings. This is one of my all time favorite board games.
3. BB Gun (1950): The BB Gun is a great way for a child to learn to shoot a rifle in a safe way. A BB Gun shoots small, round, copper balls called BB's. BB's are fired through the barrel with air pumped pressure. The first BB Guns were single pump but now they have Multi pump and Multi shot BB guns.
4. Play-Doh (1955): Play-Doh is known by it's distinct smell. Play-Doh usually comes in a pack of four colors. This is a great object or toy to keep children busy for a while.. The Play-Doh can be molded into different shapes and bent into different and objects. The different colors of the Play-Doh allow for hours of fun.
5. Hoola-Hoop (1952): My mom is the one who taught my how to Hoola-Hoop. She had the Hoola-Hoop that she owned as a child. It was still in great shape. It is a harder plastic than the Hoola-Hoops that are manufactured these days. It made my mom smile when she was teaching us how to use the Hoola-Hoop.
6. Mr. Potato Head (1952) This is a plastic potato that you decorate. Your toy has eyes, hands, nose and a mouth that you must attach. This is the first toy to ever have a televised commercial on television. I had a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head when I was a child in the early 80's. I kept the parts in the box after I played with it.
7. Pogo Stick (1957): This spring loaded device allows you to jump up and down. You steer this toy by leaning towards the direction that you want to. This toy has been in production for over 50 years and counting. Personally, I have never owned a pogo stick but, one of my friends had one and it was very fun to play with. You gotta learn how to use it first in order to stay safe and keep from getting hurt.
8. Yo-Yo (1952): The yo-yo has a length of twine that is wrapped around an axle that has two disks hooked to it (like a spool). When this toy came out, it was for kids but, it has evolved to where adults play and there are yearly championships based on freestyle yo-yo play. I was never good with a yo-yo so, I am amazed at someone who is talented with this toy.
9. Yahtzee (1954): A dice board game that can be played with between one and four players and features thirteen rounds of game play. To score a yahtzee, you must roll five of a kind with the dice. This is great for families to play together for family game night.
10. Raggedy Ann Dolls (1951): I had a life size Raggedy Ann Doll that either my mom or my grandmother made for me. The doll started out as a story in a book and has red yarn for hair. When Raggedy Ann Dolls were originally made, they were made by hand. Years later Raggedy Andy was introduced and he wore a sailor suit and a hat. He has the same eyes and smile that she does.
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