Everyone has something that brings out that nostalgic feeling in them. For many people, there is a toy out there so connected to their childhood that whenever they see it they can't help but smile. We have collected a whole bunch of old toys from multiple generations, so there should be something here that anyone can appreciate. If you want to see some of the old toys that you may have temporarily forgotten about, check out these awesome items below!
Who could forget the classic Etch-A-Sketch? This magical toy allowed for the creation of beautiful masterpieces on the go without the use of any loose tools or the risk of a mess. The only controls are two knobs that when used in coordination could control the direction of the cursor. And then when you want to make a new drawing, you simply have to shake the device to erase everything.
Although we were never able to make anything close to the masterpieces that you might find on the internet, it didn't stop us from trying. This toy was really something special.
Seeing someone pull out this toy during a playdate or at school was always exciting. Not every kid gets a chance to go fishing for real, and this game changed all of that. At least, that's how we felt about it. The aim of the game is simple: try to catch as many fish as possible with the included "fishing rods" as the fish move around and open and close their mouths.
The fish also come in a variety of different colors which not only made the game that much more enticing, but also allowed for many different rules for how to win the game.
Super Bouncy Balls
Do you remember those bouncy balls you could get from the coin slot machines? They were always the bounciest of any bouncy ball we have ever seen. Sometimes we could swear that if we bounced it just a little bit harder it would literally bounce all the way to the moon. Of course, that could never happen, but it didn't ever stop us from trying. And our moms hated that.
The balls would end up bouncing to the ceiling and nearly breaking everything. While we thought it was good fun, we're sure our parents never want to see these again.
These were some of the coolest ways to look at pictures back in the day. The View-Master was a toy that worked with circular card inserts that each had about 14 pictures. There is a lever on the side to cycle through images. You would point the binoculars towards a light source while looking through to reveal an image from a range of different subjects. One set even included Disney characters and still from the animated films.
This was the sort of thing that you could easily lose a lot of time over. They were so mesmerizing that we couldn't help but find any time to try them out.
If you want to talk about something mesmerizing, though, these were perhaps one of our favorites. They were just colorful sticks full of water, glitter, and confetti of different shapes, but we couldn't keep our eyes off of them. And if you had a kaleidoscope that you could fit these into, then you were probably never going to put these things down. They were probably in perpetual motion until we were forced to do our homework.
If we can ever get our hands on these again, that would make us very happy. They're the best thing to have around when you just want to stare at something pretty for a while.
As far as art toys go, this is one of the cooler ones we can remember. That's because it would take art you create with little plastic bits placed into holes that light shines through to literally light up your work. It required no skill and because it was made by inserting the pieces temporarily, there was no fear of ever messing anything up. And it looks awesome in the dark.
They even came with inserts to help you create something when you're feeling a lack of ideas. Being able to display our work the way Lite Brite allowed us to always brought smiles to our faces.
If you've ever seen anyone playing with a Tamagotchi, you may have wanted one for yourself at some point. The idea of carrying around a virtual pet wherever you go was one of the most intriguing things during our younger years. And one of the best parts was that every device was able to wirelessly communicate with each other, so you could play together with your friends! It really was the best.
Seeing how popular this toy was, it's no surprise that it was able to make its way to US markets from Japan. Basically, every kid wanted one and was lucky to have one.
One of the toys that we remember from our toddler years is this little gem. This plastic toy set came with everything a child needed to really feel like they were a doctor. We don't know anyone who hasn't seen one of these in their life as they were one of the most popular doctors toys for children. It even came with a fake syringe and medicine so you know it's legit.
We can't even count the number of times we got a kick out of this toy. If you ever see it, we highly recommend purchasing it for your little ones.
This fuzzy ball was almost as popular as the classic super bouncy balls. Some of us didn't like it as much since it wasn't very bouncy at all and there wasn't really anything you could do with it, but we can all agree that it was really fun to feel the plastic strands and stretch each of them out, releasing them with a snap. And these things were everywhere too.
It was one of those toys that you see and pick up and fidget with for a while while you pay attention to other things. When used like that, we would take this over a spinner any day.
Now if this isn't nostalgic, then we don't know what is. The slinky is that toy that will forever go down in history. Of course, that isn't to say that it's the only toy on this list that we can say that about, but as a toy that's been around for decades, it has really made a big impact on the world. Anyone who is anyone has played with a slinky.
You can stretch it, twirl it, and best of all, it can go down the stairs all by itself. Actually, that's probably the biggest draw for the toy. It works like magic every time.
Even if you've never owned one, chances are high that you've seen these before. They are one of those dolls that somehow made their way everywhere. It probably had something to do with their cute little stature and their bright hair that could be made to do some wild things. We never bothered to find out where they came from, all we knew was they were slowly taking over the doll scene at some point.
And it would probably be a lie to say that we haven't all wanted one at some point. Still, even years later we think about these little guys from time to time.
We are going to be honest here: we never even knew how to play Mouse Trap. And to be fair, we don't think anyone we know has ever known how to play this either. Anytime anyone pulled out Mouse Trap, it was almost definitely to set up the dramatically convoluted puzzle of plastic that would guide a ball down a path to trap the player pieces inside of a cage.
We're not even sure if the people who made this game knew how to play. It never really seemed necessary. We just wanted to play with the crazy mouse trap.
Rubber Finger Puppet Monsters
If you have ever been to an arcade, you've definitely seen these things. They were almost always underneath the glass display case that was used as the ticket collection counter. They came in a whole mess of wacky characters and would provide endless fun atop our fingertips. And then they would end up getting lost somewhere or stolen, but at five tickets per toy, it was good fun while it lasted.
We're not sure if these are available anywhere outside of an arcade, but if we're able to find some it would be awesome to play with them again. Especially if you have a little kid to entertain.
And speaking of arcades, these were some of the most fun prizes to redeem tickets for. They come in all different shapes and sizes and if you turn it inside-out and place it on a flat surface it'll launch into the air with a satisfying pop. We were always on the hunt for the one that could pop the highest which was not an easy task. Too many factors went into it.
It's not always about the size of the popper, but also how thick it is. You need to find the right balance to get the best popper.
The original Game Boy was something out of a dream. While there are many ways to play some of the older classic games from Nintendo, nothing beats trying to complete Super Mario on the original console. Having one of these made you the cool kid for a certain amount of time, and as the technology got better we grew even more fond of the Japanese video game company and its products.
If you still happen to have one of these, consider yourself lucky. Not many people have had the chance to play the games on the consoles that they were intended for.
One of the best markers out there, these come with a nib to allow you to place perfect little stamps anywhere your heart desired. They are still one of our favorite markers to this day! sometimes you just need to add a little pop to your doodles or works of art and these are the perfect solution. They come in a bunch of colors and a ton of different stamp types.
Unfortunately, if you were looking for a specific stamp in a specific color, you probably won't get too lucky. From what we remember, each color had its own unique shape.
Everyone and their mother used to go crazy over these things. We've seen them in many different forms, but this one was probably one of the better iterations of toys that take flight. With these Sky Dancers, kids could send a beautiful fairy doll into the air and watch it twirl itself to the ground, gliding through the air at a steady pace. Everyone wanted to try these out, so one had to be careful where they brought theirs.
We honestly think that these would be fun to play with as adults. We always enjoy sending something high into the sky and watching it gently float back down to Earth.
This is still an all-time classic to this day. It is yet another example of how successful an old toy can be. This has been around for a few decades itself and is one of the go-to choices for kids. Silly putty never runs dry (at least, not for a few years) and even has the unique ability to copy the ink off of newspapers and other media right onto itself.
That allowed for some neat effects like getting to stretch out your favorite comic book hero. If there is anything we haven't forgotten about, it has to be Silly Putty.
Play-Doh Haircut Toys
There have been many variations of this Play-Doh toy over the years, so it is likely that you've seen something like this in your time. The basic concept is to stuff your toy full of your favorite Play-Doh and push it down to create long strands of spaghetti hair. Then you could shape it and trim it as much as you wanted or start all over with a new color.
This was definitely our favorite set from the Play-Doh toys. It let us bring out the inner stylist in us. not that we thought about it like that. We just wanted to make someone look silly.
Polly Pockets were all the rage back in the day. These have even been known to go for high prices in some communities. Ignoring the potential for a choking hazard, these compacts were preinstalled with a playground of different activities. It was incredible just how many things could fit inside this little thing. And we think that's why everyone loved them so much. Even the boys wanted to try them sometimes.
We can't think of any reason someone wouldn't want to play with this. The levels of creativity and imagination that could come out of this were endless, as well as the fun.
Anyone who thought Polly Pockets were cool will definitely get a kick out of this one. These were basically the toy cars and trucks version of Polly Pocket, albeit a little bigger. After all, they have the ability to go from truck to a whole automobile playground in just a few easy steps. They were like transformers, only they didn't become robots but a board for you to play on.
It was certainly a creative concept because it could be used in so many different ways. Its only problem is that you can't fit it into your pocket, but that's no big deal.
These little ovens are something to be treasured. They allowed kids all across the nation to safely create miniature desserts that they could then enjoy. It was one of the most revolutionary toys of its time. If you thought the plastic kitchens you played with as a kid were fun, then you would have definitely enjoyed having one of these. They were the next step up in home cooking for kids.
We're not sure if they still make these, but chances are you can find someone who has one. Though you could always just let your kids bake something with you.
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
This is one of the all-time classic two-player games from decades ago. Even now, kids are enjoying the wonder of the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots toy. Using two control sticks, you move your fighting robot into position and mash away at the buttons to punch hoping that you will knock your opponent's head off of its shoulders first. Then with a quick push, you can reset and get ready for a rematch.
It's really one of the best ways to enjoy playing with friends. It's super simple, super chaotic, and super fun to watch. Maybe someone's using these for betting matches out there.
Love 'em or hate 'em, Furbies are one of the most popular dolls from way back when. These creatures were also capable of making noise, moving around a little, and blinking which some of us thought made it a bit creepy. But if you keep it in a nicely lit room, they're actually not all that scary. In fact, they are actually pretty cute. But after watching "The Mitchells Vs. the Machines", we think we'll pass.
We think we would rather have a different doll to play with. For example, the next item on the list is something that everyone can remember and enjoy as well.
Who could forget these things?? We almost did, but the minute we looked at this we had that moment of realization. These little plastic bags were all the rage in middle school because they came in so many variations and would roll inward on themselves when squeezed on one end, giving it a very slippery effect. They were also quite bouncy when dropped, but seemed to pick up a lot of dirt too.
If you ever see one of these and have never experienced it for yourself, it's well worth it. Probably one of our top picks for a classic fidget toy.
If there was ever a toy sword o be the definitive toy sword, it would be this toy sword. The one with the distinctively golden sheath contrasts with the gray plastic of the sword itself. Anyone who has ever owned a toy sword has probably had one of these, and those who have not owned one have definitely played with it before. It's not even the best one, but we can assume it's the cheapest.
Still, as far as toy swords go it wasn't all that bad. It never hurt to hit people with it so we could actually play out sword fights like we were real knights.
If there was ever a toy that made physics fun, it was the toy that created a highway for marbles upon marbles to tumble down. We remember creating huge structures and pouring handfuls of marbles into the starting hole before watching them all overflow in the catchers below. We spent hours arranging, playing, and rearranging the pieces until there were no more combinations left. And that may not be an exaggeration.
There was also a variant made out of wood, and that was probably our favorite. The clean look made us want to play with this toy for days without stopping.
Not everything was all fun and games with kids' toys. There is this one game in which you press down on a crocodile's teeth to find out which one of them is hurting him. But if you do happen to find it, it snaps down its jaw and you lose the game, assuming you haven't been scared to death. As kids, this was our first experience with suspenseful things and it was both really fun and very terrifying.
It sucks that you never get to actually help the poor thing with his teeth, but it serves him right for biting down on our hands and scaring us like that.
There have been many unique art tools and toys created over the years, but none are as unique as these markers. We remember seeing commercial after commercial for Blowpens, so when we finally got our hands on them you can bet we tried them out until the ink ran dry. The concept is simple: you just blow into the back of a special marker and it creates a spraypaint effect.
You could also use the markers like usual, but it was way too fun painting with our breaths that we can't remember doing that as often. That definitely says something about them.
This telephone toy is so old that you could probably ask your parents if they had one and they would say yes. We have no idea where the idea to make a toy phone a pet came from, and we're not sure why telephones on strings were such a big toy, but perhaps it was the most sensical inanimate object to give a pet leash to considering nothing was wireless back then.
What we loved about it were the eyes that would move up and down as you tug it along. That and the very colorful rotary that no child could ever understand.
Before we had LEGOs, we had Lincoln logs. This beloved toy has also been around for a long time. They are so magical because they make building a dream house so easy. There are only a certain amount of ways pieces can fit with each other, so you can just sit and craft your log cabin without stress. We always found that there were never enough logs to satisfy us.
If you have something this awesome, you want to go big with it! And although there isn't much to this toy, it certainly took us to brand new heights of fun.
Playskool Poppin' Pals
When we were just babies, we were given these toys to play with. They were pop-up toys of classic Sesame Street and Disney characters. The most fun came from trying to figure out how to get them to pop up. See, each character has its own special dial that teaches kids how to solve puzzles. And it really worked. We were always in a trance when trying to figure these toys out.
And because we were just wee tykes, we couldn't remember from day to day how it worked, so learning it all over again was especially fun for us.
We're not sure just how many people may have come into contact with this toy, but when we saw this we couldn't believe our eyes. We had completely forgotten about this toy despite the large role it played in our younger years. It was a ring toss game where you would press a button to cause jets of water to push the rings to the polls. Simple, and super addictive.
Even as kids we couldn't put this thing down. Sometimes it was fun to just shoot jets of water at the rings with no care for trying to win the game.
See N' Say
This one is a classic among the classics. Even if you've never played with one yourself, we can almost guarantee that you have heard of the See N' Say. For those who haven't, it's a toy that teaches children about the noises animals make. The kid pulls a string and an arrow revolves around the wheel until it lands on a random animal and provides the relevant information. It's been a real treasure for some time now.
We would honestly be very surprised if someone told us that they had never seen one of these before. We think that if any toy would make someone nostalgic, it's this one.
Did anyone not have these in their school gymnasiums? Whenever the P.E. instructor would pull these out, the kids would have a field day. Getting to roll across the ground at as high of speeds as our little legs could take us and feeling the wind in our hair was so freeing. And they were low to the ground so if you lose your balance you don't get hurt at all.
These are a really great way to get a kid up and moving. The only problem is that they aren't very good on pavement, so you might want to just leave this for a school activity.