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Nostalgic Toys

I am pretty good at controlling the urge to spend money on toys and kid stuff.  I have a few weakness, one being card games…but they are pretty cheap and I don’t walk through the toy section of stores enough for it to be a problem.

But nostalgia.  That is where it can be a problem for me.  When I see toys that I loved to play with as a kid it can be really hard not to fork over the cash without even looking at the price.

I found this on Craigslist today.  I had already decided not to buy anymore Barbie stuff and to slowly phase out the few things that we have.  But I saw the Dallas Barbie horse and nearly emailed the seller to see if they would be willing to ship it to me if I paid all the shipping costs.  I loved my Barbie horse as a kid and got many years of playtime out of it.  I will resist though…

The three other toys that have been tempting me are baby toys that have been reproduced, which I found at Target.  I only found the xylophone online, but here are pictures of the darn toys that nearly bring tears to my eyes when I see and hear them.

toy tv 


The Fisher Price Music Box TV:  wind the yellow nob and the picture scrolls as it plays “London Bridges Falling Down”.



toy clock Fisher Price Music Box Teaching Clock: I can hear the music in my head, but I can’t put a name to the tune.  When you wind it up the hands of the clock turn along with the picture in the center which reveals activities that you do a different times of the day.  My mom has been looking for the one I played with as a child and has promised to send it to me. 


toy xylophone

Fisher Price Pull-A-Tune Xylophone:  The toy I first learned to play
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” on.  I love the way the metal keys sound when hit.  This is a noise making toy that I wouldn’t mind having in the house because it would bring back good memories.


I have many more, of course, but these are a few that I have seen recently in stores. (besides the Barbie horse)

Do you have some favorite toys that you would be tempted to buy just because they bring back the feelings you had when you played with them as a kid?  I would love to hear what they are!


  • That clock!! I KNOW that clock so well! And I know exactly what song you’re talking about, but I don’t know if it has a name. I didn’t know they were reproducing them. I am totally get one for my baby girl!!

  • Our clock is is as old as our 1st son who was born in 1968 and it still sings and ticks away. You probably don’t remember the little blue bird we had hanging on all the cribs. It was a favorite of mine too … It was so easy for the babies to pull the handle that made it sing. That was often the first thing we would hear in the morning.

  • Angi

    Isn’t it the song “My Grandfather’s Clock” you know, “ninety years without slumbering, tick tock, tick tock, it’s life’s seconds numbering, tick tock tick tock. But it stopped stort, never to go again when the old man died” That was the song our cousin Denise quoted when grandpa died (his clock was chiming 10:00pm at his last breath) She made that book with all his letters and things he had written all us grandkids….I LOVE that song! I remember that clock playing it, but maybe I’m wrong. I love you sis!

  • I like that clock .

  • whim

    Ang, I can’t believe you knew that! I spent about an hour searching YouTube for the version of the song that most reminds me of the clock so I will post it. I didn’t realize that was the song that Denise quoted at Grandpa’s funeral and now the toy and song will have even more meaning to me. I think I will have to go buy one while I wait for mom to find the old one. 🙂 I didn’t realize it was a toy to all the kids so maybe it isn’t fair for me to claim it.

    Mom, I do remember the blue bird! Another favorite. Maybe I will have to see if I can find one of those too. Do you remember what song it played?

  • My mom made me a “giant” stuffed strawberry shortcake (she’s about 2′ tall.) I loved that doll. Hattie plays with her now. She’s missing her hat and her apron but Hattie doesn’t know any different. She loves to make her dinner and feed it to her in the high chair. A while back my mom sent the pattern to me that she used. It was actually a Raggedy Ann pattern so I’ve been seriously thinking about making a Raggedy Ann and Andy set for her.
    Last year she got a Holly Hobbie Doll for Christmas and the year before she got Madeline. I have a weekness for nostalgic rag dolls.

  • Sus

    My zillion cousins and I shared this one:
    at my grandma’s house growing up.

    My awesome brother just bought one for my son’s 1-year birthday.

    That’s a cool brother.

  • Sue

    I just found your blog via your “win” of three sins on Twitter… I grew up in England and those three toys are EXACTLY the three I would have picked. And there was a Fisher Price chatter telephone which made a noise as you pulled it along, and had moving eyes. Happy days 🙂

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  • almo2001

    “Fisher Price Music Box Teaching Clock” I had that. I can remember the music as well. Probably my first experience with noticing that gaps in one one part of some music (a gap in the melody) interacted in an interesting way with regular rhythms (the ticking of the clock) in other parts of the music.