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A Childhood Favorite: Spirograph

Updated on December 1, 2013

As a child, one of my favorite things to do was go through the Sears catalog and dream. We lived in the boonies and making the hour-long drive to the city (then more driving to get where we needed to go) was a rarity, so the Sears catalog saw plenty of use. We didn't have a lot of money, though, so my wish lists were usually just that - wish lists. The chances we could actually afford to get any of the items that caught my attention were pretty low, as funds were needed for more necessary things - like getting a bed to replace the couch I'd been sleeping on!

Nevertheless, I happily flipped through the colourful pages, marking the items that interested me with a star, and even marking colours and sizes that I wanted. Then I would put the catalog away and forget about them.

One of the items that I always marked in the catalog when I saw it was the Spirograph. I remember staring at the intricate looking designs in the photo, entranced. They even inspired some of my free-hand drawings. The gears and wheels fascinated me.

Then the Spirograph went out of fashion and I forgot about it until years later, after I had my own children, I stumbled on one in a flea market. It was still in the original, slightly beat up, packaging, and had all the parts and pieces! I snapped it up, even though my children were still too young to use it.

With young ones to take care of, I didn't have a lot of time to use it, but when I did, I found it every bit as fun as I had imagined it would be as a child! Once they got older, my children and I would use it together. Such fond memories!

Several years - and several moves - later, the old set had disappeared, but I was happy to see it come back on the market, along with a range of other nostalgic toys. There was a lot more variety in the types of sets available, and a few knock-off brands. None can quite match the nostalgia of the original Spirograph set. The set pictured here is based on that original 1965 set.

My children are grown, but now I have some new little ones in my care. They're just the right age for Spirograph, too.

I think it's time to build some wonderful memories in a new generation!

Did you have a Spirograph as a child, or get one for your own children?

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    • BunnyFabulous profile image

      BunnyFabulous 3 years ago from Central Florida

      So funny, I just got a small knockoff version of the spirograph at the dollar store this morning as a surprise for my 6 year old. If she likes it a lot, we'll get the big one. I remember enjoying all the cool patterns it made when I used one as a child.

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      archetekt lm 3 years ago

      I remember having one of these, as well as an Etch-a-stetch and Erector set and Lego's.