The Old Toys.

Maurice G By Maurice G, 19th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Thoughts on how toys have changed over the years, not always for the better.

The Old Toys.

Years ago there was no such thing as computers, televisions and mobile phones. In fact none of the toys we have now in todays modern living. Instead when I was a small boy we played and had fun by making our own toys, having games that had been handed down from generation to generation.

I can remember playing with old cotton reels and saucepans. Making our own telephone service using tin cans and string. My next door neighbour made me a bow and some arrows so that I could shoot at a target in the garden. We played hide and seek, jacks, cowboys and indians, skipping, hop scotch and split the kipper. We joined the boy scouts, girl guides and sea cadets just to mention a few. We went to the local park to play football, cicket and tennis etc., My father built me a go kart out of old wooden box`s and pram wheels. And guess what our imagination was greater, we had a healthier outlook and we saw nature more often. The term " being bored " was never mentioned. Today kids seem to be stuck in the house more often, and children on the fat side seem to be growing as a trend at an alarming rate because of the lack of exercise and eating the wrong foods.

If you just buy a child a toy because it is easier, it does not have the same enjoyment as when a child or parent has made it themselves.
In short " Modern is not always Best ! "

Maurice G.

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author avatar Maurice G
I am retired, have worked in the leisure industry for abpout 40 tears, I am married with 2 grown up biproducts.
In this trade I have met peoples from all over the world !

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author avatar Denise O
19th Apr 2011 (#)

I hear ya! My husband and I are going into business and our products will be old school toys. He is making a rocking horse right now for our grandson for his first birthday next month. It will be made by Granddaddy and painted by Grammy. How much better is that. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Stable
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

You are right. When I was a kid, there were no computers et al but imagination seemed to play a large part. As a father of 3 these days - even though they have a Wii, DS, etc - I still make sure they play outside, use their imaginations and have real fun! Great post.

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author avatar Austee
28th May 2011 (#)

I remembered how we play before. Now, kids play computer games....

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