Do You Remember {Nostalgic Kids Toys}

With Alice’s fourth birthday on the horizon I have started thinking about the inevitable presents although will admit I am seriously stumped, she has so much. Instead of the latest Hathimal craze (or whatever it is now) we’ve found we are being drawn to classics from our own childhood. Oh how I wish I had kept everything as some of these toys are seriously pricey on Ebay!! Looking through the girl’s toy cupboards it seems we have a penchant for toys from our past so in the name of nostalgia today’s post is all about just that.

Luckily it seems you can still buy quite a few of my favourites but they just aren’t as good as the classics from my youth!! Our nostalgic obsession started after Edd bought Molly all the Fisher Price classics when she was born. The phone and plastic staking rings were firm favourites and the Tomy Turtle still shares bathtime now!

First things first Alice is obsessed with Sylvanian Families so she definitely takes after her mum on that count. I loved them and luckily my mum kept my Gypsy Caravan and my sister still has the Barge. Sadly the bakery and copious other items got sold in a village hall jumble sale when I wanted a few pennies to spend in Our Price and Clockhouse when I hit twelve! You can still buy Sylvanians so we have a good collection with everything from a treehouse to cars but are probably going to add to them with a few small bits this birthday.

Next up My Little Ponies are a firm favourite in our house but the new ones are nowhere near as cute as the ones from my childhood. Plus where has Cotton Candy gone?! I had the most amazing My Little Pony nursery which I thought I’d try and get for Alice but quickly reconsidered when I saw it was £80 on Ebay. Gutted as she would love it.

We also bought Molly a Brio Train when she was young and it was exactly the same as I remembered my own set to be. I love that nothing had really changed with it. I think we will be adding to the set as Alice spends hours building tracks and zooming the trains around.

Luckily you can still get some of the classic board games and now the girls are a bit older they love sitting down to a game of Guess Who or Operation. Whilst discussing this post we also realised we all REALLY wanted the Dream Phone game with phone in the middle. You know, the one for calling dodgy 80’s boys like Jason and Tony from whilst on your girly sleepover? Not quite for a four year old but still so good. We are buying one for our next RMLtd meeting.

The girls both love drawing and I was excited to see a version of Spirograph as I wondered through the vast toy store the other day. However, it seems nothing got the team as inspired as Fashion Wheel. I was always so jealous of my sister’s one.

Did anyone else have Keepers or Sweet Secrets? They were my absolute favourite. I also reckon Molly would be obsessed with Polly Pockets but they are so ruddy expensive to track down!

We have already been stocking the garden with a touch of nostalgia after Edd purchased swing ball last year. Becky also reminded me of those balls with the planet type rings around the outside that you jumped on but we have no idea what they were called!

I was lucky that my mum did keep some of our toys and the girls have had hours of fun playing with the Fisher Price zoo, circus train and hospital with all the little peg people. It’s made me wonder if I should be keeping hold of any of the girls toys? Will Happyland be one of those coveted happy childhood toys that the girls will remember in years to come or will it be that lovely bright and noisy Toot Toot trains and animals? Do you have any childhood favourites that you want to share with your children and do you think you would hold on to theirs?


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The planet thing you bounced on was called a space hopper. I saved my 90p pocket money for 12 weeks to buy one!


Yes! Love that you saved all your pocket money x


Nooooo a space hopper was the orange ball you sat on and bounced… The one with the rim was a pogo ball!


Fashion wheel!!!! My daughter is definitely having that for her next birthday! Love it!! We bought ours a series of retro board games for Christmas last year- screwball scramble and the fishing game where the fish spin round and pop up and down were great hits!! X


Oh my gosh, so did we. Screwball scramble has been a firm favourite and I had forgotten how hard those blimmin fish were to catch!! x


Lolos… the bouncy things were called lolos… at least at our school.

As I’ve moaned about on IG, I just bought 50 My Little Ponies from Facebook selling but the seller didn’t mention she smoked- they were grim. But I reckon we’ve had more than £10 of fun washing shampooing conditioning dry shampooing hair brushing them- and Silvia loves them for imaginary play. They have conversations and adventures and don’t smell any more thank goodness!


I reckon Molly would be a great fan of all that washing and combing. Sounds like you got a bargain even if it did result in a lot of work. xx


Oh ALL the toys!

I so easily get lost in nostalgia, and E loves my old MLP’s and the retro Fisher Price. But I’m trying to buy her her own classics too, even if they do often end up having a throwback to my youth. At age 2, she absolutely delights in the Pop Vinyl figures my mate Phil keeps buying her – we currently have Cooper, Audrey and Log Lady from Twin Peaks taking up residence in a Disney Princess castle.

I wanted to buy her something super special too for her Celebration Day last week, so we got her a gorgeous Emma Bridgewater tea set. It was a toss up between this or one on EBay which was the same as I had as a kid (a Little Miss China set), but something stopped me – it’s for her, not for me and I want her to have something all about her on such a special day. I hope she still has it when she’s my age and one day, her own little ones can play with it!

Loving all the memories today. Did anyone else have a Mr Frosty? My folks would NEVER buy me one because apparently it was pointless and I could just use the freezer. 🙈x


I was desperate for a Mr Frosty too but my parents thought it was pointless alao…. but theybought me an alternative Mr. Orange tree drink maker thing perhaps out of some misguided motion it was healthier?!


I love that you are buying her her own classics Karen, that is so sweet. Also the Twin Peaks characters in the castle is the best! My sister had a Mr Frosty and I was so jealous. The TV ad for that was the best and I always wanted my own. She wasn’t the best at sharing. Mind you I then got the sweet shop thing that had all the chocolate sprinkles in tubes so I got my own back x


On one one of the nights at my hen weekend we had a girly sleepover theme complete with Dream Phone! It was my fav back in the day. “I know who he is but I’m not telling. Hahahaha”


Oh my god, this is the BEST! x


I loved the lack of excitement in the voice at the end…..”you’re right, I like you” !!!!!! Did anyone else ‘rename’ the cards to boys in your school (or was this just me and my friends?!!!)


Keepers! I had Sheldon the turtle, loved him. ☺️ I had Cotton Candy too, can’t believe they don’t make that one any more.

I have hardly any toys from when I was a kid (and I had loads of Sylvanians, boo), but my husband’s mum kept all of his. We have all his old board games, which is awesome, as well as some of his dinky cars and the like. My nephew has just inherited the Millennium Falcon from my brother in law! x


I had Sheldon too Tracy! I had the mummy and baby one and I adored them so much. Also, Cotton Candy was by far and away the best pony. Oh my gosh, my husband would be so jealous of the Millennium Falcon. Excellent hoarding skills from the Mother in law. x

Helen Ingram
19th June 2017 1:02 pm

I got Zach the fisher price doctors set off ebay for his birthday to overcome his getting upset at the doctors. And origenal 1978 one which is great He has a lot of the imaginext which I think may be his generations toy he remembers. He also sleeps with my cabbage patch doll.


My mum found a whole a couple my old of Polly pockets in a box last, next time i was over I let my daughter play with them and she had a ball 🙂


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