I was born in the 70s and a little girl in the 80s, so all my favourite toys were things like Sindy dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids, Huggy Bear (that link by the way is to the V&A, meaning Huggy is now a museum piece, eek) and My Little Ponies.
My little girl found a mini My Little Pony in her stocking this Christmas morning – and when we went over to my parents’ house a few hours later, my mum had one of my old ones ready to give her too. I used to love My Little Ponies, and though I remember having a pink one with white flowers (I think) on its bottom called Cotton Candy, I don’t remember having this blue one with the multi-coloured disco mane – which fans will know is Rainbow Dash.
The little one I bought for my daughter has wings, a new addition, and more designs on its body but the colours have stayed the same. I have to say baby gal hasn’t taken too much of an interest yet but I’m working on it. Christmas morning for her was all about how much chocolate she could find, even busting her lip as she tried to climb on a chair and reach some more of the stuff hidden on top of the fridge! A festive war wound.
Another old favourite we unwrapped this year was an Etch-a-Sketch. My sister and I spent many hours playing with ours when we were kids, and this one kept my son busy for ages. He made a picture of a fort, which to be honest is pretty much all you can make on these things as they only make straight lines. Even with all the drawing games available on the iPad these days, he still found it fun which shows it stood the test of time to some extent.
Did you get any toys for your children which you played with when you were small?
PS If you’re interested in 80s toys, you might want to read my friend Heledd’s post Child of the Eighties – My Christmas List.