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Four Toys from One Generation to Another

Updated on January 11, 2016

The question of the day - Do you have any toys that you enjoyed so much as a kid that you saved them or bought newer versions for your kids?

For me the answer is yes. And you will find four of them shared with you on this page. To be honest, it was not always the toys that were the most fun. Sometimes it was the time that I spent with my parents or siblings while playing with them. But knowing that it was mine and not my sisters also made me feel good. OK so only one of them on this page was just mine. The other three shared / co-owned. Now all are at the parents house just waiting for the grand kids to visit. And to answer my above question Newer versions here.

Looking back at the Spirograph I was never sure what the pattern would exactly look like. It all depended on how everything was laid out. What pieces you chose to draw with. The colors you would use with the pens. Didn't use pencils as they tended to break on me. My sisters not so much. For us it was always the standard white sheet of paper. Now a days that has changed. The color of the paper is as various as the color of the pens used.

One thing that the parents always did when the kids were younger was to use the push pins to hold the tracing devices in place. We didn't feel comfortable doing that when we were younger. We did grow out of that. I know, I still remember pricking myself as I learned how they're supposed to work.

Again looking back I can still picture the patterns in my head. The way the new pictures would look on the fridge or on the wall as the scotch tapes applied. A way to help hold the new drawings in place. Also remembering how they never seamed to be exactly the same no matter how hard I tried to make it so.

This has been a great way to spend time and to make different patterns that are still in my head. Even if the pictures are no longer on the wall.

Spirograph Kit

Here's three other toys that are worth passing on from one generation to another.

Melissa & Doug Abacus - Classic Wooden Educational Counting Toy With 100 Beads
Melissa & Doug Abacus - Classic Wooden Educational Counting Toy With 100 Beads

To begin with the abacus was just a fun toy to have the little beads go from side to side. (It still is) Any ways as time went on I started using it for figuring out math. OH No a toy that was helpful with school work. This cant be happening! What is this world coming to? For me a calculator was not available growing up. Adding machine yes but too much paper and ink needed. So I used my resources and was able to play while doing my homework. In college I had to get help with a math class. And looking back I think that this may have helped.


So there are all these little pieces of wood to slide back and forth. But how does it work? With any luck this video will help you.

Lincoln Logs Shady Pine Homestead 120 Pc
Lincoln Logs Shady Pine Homestead 120 Pc

The Lincoln Logs were always fun to play with. The ability to create buildings out of logs. Playing with wood in your hands. Don't get me wrong plastic was also fun with Lego's. But knowing that wood was for so many other things including houses. In fact I had once watched a new home built using the log cabin approach. And yes I tended to build new things when I got home with my Lincoln Logs.‚Äč

Makit Toy - 70 Pc
Makit Toy - 70 Pc

I know that these are not Tinker Toys but they are in the same classification as them when you search on Amazon. Add into the equation I like the colors and that is why they're shared here. And to be hones the amount of Tinker Toy pieces that I still have are few. I need to get more. For the kids that's it. That's who I have to get them for..


A little something made with Tinker Toys

My Favorite
My Favorite

Looking back which of these was your favorite?

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When you are done playing with the toys please come back and leave a comment.

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