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Popular Kids Toys: Classic Choices

By Edited Dec 7, 2013 1 3

Popular kids toys that have withstood the test of time.

Board Games: Board games are popular kids' toys that have been played throughout history, with some board games going back to ancient times. With the wide range of board games available today there should be something to interest every child (and adult). 

Cabbage Patch Kids: Created by an American art student in 1978 Cabbage Patch Kids became icon for popular kids toys and the toy to have in the 1980s.

Crayola Crayons: These have been around since 1902 and have provided a rainbow of colors to children - with 133 colors available since 1958. The crayons are beautiful to use with a smooth texture and bright colors making them classic choice for young artists.

Dollhouses: Like board games, dollhouses have been around for thousands of years. They have even been found in Egyptian tombs. A dollhouse gives children a miniature version of life to play with. This makes dollhouses a classic toy that helps children feel empowered in a world they generally have little control in.

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Lego: These plastic blocks have been around since 1949. The simple beginnings of Lego have expanded from basic building sets to complex themed sets like Hogwarts' Castle. Lego blocks have become a popular kids' toy emjoyed by both adults and children.

Lincoln Logs: A classic building toy, invented in 1916, Lincoln Logs were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Matchbox Cars: Around since the 1950s Matchbox Cars awere named after the box they were originally sold in, which was similar to matchboxes at the time. The cars gained popularity in the early days because they cost less money than larger toys and have become a classic of kid's toys.

Mr Potato Head: Another toy from the 1950s, Mr Potato Head is somewhat of a classic toy icon now,  even including a starring role in the Toy Story movies.

Etch A Sketch: A popular kids' toy that is not only fun and creative but is also great for developing co-ordination skills. The Etch A Sketch is another toy invented in the 1950s.  It's importance to toy history was acknowledged when it was added to the Toy Industry Association's Century of Toys List in 2003.

Shake it, Start over
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Oct 29, 2011 3:33pm
Nice article SusanM; I remember all these toys, one of my favorites was the Etch A Sketch. I also remember the craze caused by everyone who just had to buy a Cabbage Patch Kid for their children...I hope never to see grown women fight over a toy again!
Oct 29, 2011 5:17pm
One day I will remember to reply to comments in the correct box LOL
Oct 29, 2011 5:17pm
The Etch A Sketch was my favorite toy too. Yes I remember the Cabbage Patch craze....and the price they were being sold for at that time was insane. Luckily for my parents I never wanted one :)
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