What is it about childhood and the things of the past that bear so much meaning? There is no other portion of my life that I think back so fondly on as my childhood. And there are things, which mostly are symbols, that carry so much weight even though the things themselves are meaningless. And, due to the copious amounts of "good old days" merchandise sold in Cracker Barrel, I doubt I'm alone in my feelings. There is some kind of happiness, connection with others, fondness for what was that these things ignite in us.
Look at all that joy found in his friendly little face! The Glo Worm was a favorite of mine. Who even knows why, really? There isn't much to him. He looks like a head stacked on peas, and he lights up. But the Glo Worm is fun, and he is classic! I miss my Glo Worm.
Cricket is the best! And I don't care how many of you had a Teddy Ruxpin; I wouldn't trade my cricket doll for that bear. She was like a childhood friend. Because, at the age of 5, she was about half my size, her eyes moved, her mouth moved, and she taught me timeless lessons. If it weren't for Cricket, I wouldn't know how to say 1,2,3 in Chinese, Spanish, AND French! And I wouldn't know what to pack in my suitcase on a vacation because she told me that you have to have your sneakers and your socks. Where would I be without Cricket? Lost, I tell you, lost.
And there is no technology today that can beat Cricket's super advanced cassette tape player located in her back. Plus, you can accessorize with cricket as she has various outfits and hair ribbons to go with each adventure she comes with.
Skip It and Pogo Ball
I loved these two toys quite a bit. The skip it was fun for me because it counted my skips and I'd get excited to see how many I could do. The pogo ball was great for bouncing. However, the pogo ball disappointed me slightly when I found out I couldn't jump into the sky with it like the kids on the commercial did. It was still fun, though, and I thoroughly enjoyed bouncing for as long as I could.
Care Bears and Nosy Bears
Everyone knows care bears, and I'm sure their main selling point for me was the fun logo embroidered on their bellies. However, the nosy bears were fun because you would press their bellies and something fun would happen in the nose. One bear had a nose that swirled, another blew up a balloon, another popped popcorn, and their noses would go on and on. I had 5 or 6 of them, and I do not know why they had to go away. I had my one Wish Bear care bear that i would take everywhere with me.
I even brought him on the swings. Because, what fun is a swing without a care bear to accompany you? ;) I do wish these things were still popular. It is too bad that technology runs so much of the toy market.
Yes, I understand Leap Frog and those toys are good for education. But I had plenty of fun with my simple toys that did almost nothing more than sit there.