I’ve been tagged by Iona at Redpeffer in her fabulous nostalgia toys meme. It’s simply asking us to share a few of our childhood toys. It’s an excuse for me to be totally indulgent and take a happy trip down memory lane…
Where to start? OK, babyhood. I was a 70’s baby, so the toys that I played with back then, and have stayed with me, are predominantly Fisher Price. My first toy was a chime-ball with little rocking horses in. My brother’s was a spinny pyramid thing with mirrors and squeaky buttons. How do I know this? My mum still has them both, and they have been enjoyed by Boo and Little Man. In fact, if I’m feeling nostalgic, I do just need to go to my mum’s house, as she has a loft full of things from our childhood, and anything that’s age appropriate for my kids now has made it’s way down to her conservatory – they love it!
As I grew, my love of books grew. In that loft, just waiting for Boo to be old enough, are stacks of Enid Blyton books, my precious copy of The Animals of Farthing Wood and ladybird classics aplenty. I also have Roald Dahl books, but have those here with me and have started reading those to her – couldn’t wait!
I remember winters filled with board games and computer games (you know the sort that would take an hour or so to load? Patience back in those days!) and summers filled with playing out in the garden, building dens with sheets and playing with Lego inside them. Lego is timeless. Mum still has loads, of course, though it was mainly my brother’s. We got Boo her first proper Lego set for Christmas, so I look forward to seeing her and Little Man having similar summers.
And to my favourite childhood toy? The one that saw me spend hours and hours in my own little world? That occupied me for a fair few years? Yes, it is this, and here I am enjoying it with my brother, red eye, gap teeth and all! This was Christmas Day, 1983..
And here are Boo and Little Man enjoying it this year…
As you can see, my fabulous mum kept my Sindy house, complete with extension, furniture, several dolls, horses a car, and so on, in her loft, and then moved it all downstairs and cleaned it up for the kids (and me?!) to enjoy.
I had a very happy childhood, with a great little brother, and I really hope that my kids will look back on theirs so fondly one day.
Oh, and on the off-chance you were in any doubt, yes of course I have a My Childhood Pinterest board! Looking through that takes me right back – how about you?