25 Classic Toys Our Kids Will Love as Much as We Did This Holiday

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marblesThe older my kid gets, the more time I find myself spending trying to convince her things from my childhood were so much cooler than anything she has on her list for Santa. Now before you roll your eyes at the desperate old lady, let me tell you, it's been working! I pull out something I loved as a kid, and what do ya know, she tends to fall in love too.

It's got me thinking. What if this Christmas we all mixed it up a little? Sure, get them some things from the hot holiday toy list. But what if we all went back to the basics and purchased some of the old standbys as holiday gifts? We loved them so much, why wouldn't our kids love them too?

Bonus here is a lot of these old favorites are pretty easy on the wallet! Need some ideas? Here's a whole list that is guaranteed to work:

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Jacks
Deck of Cards (remember War?!)
Yo-yo
Paddleball
Jump rope
Chinese jump rope
Pick Up Sticks
Ball
Hula Hoop
Kite
Slinky
Sidewalk chalk
Frisbee
Pogo stick
Magic 8 ball
Dominoes
Checkers
Toy cars
Sea monkeys
Jigsaw puzzles
Cat's cradle
Jacob's ladder
Little Army men
Balsa airplane kit

What was your favorite game as a kid? What does your kid think of it?

Image via KaCey97007/Flickr

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lalas... lalasmama2007

I liked a lot of board games.  My dd is just getting old enough to play them

tayan... tayanddyl

I agree!  My toy list was way cooler than my kids.  I acutally wanted stuff I could use with others, and go outside and play with

elasmimi elasmimi

My 6 y/o loves slinky! But the paddle and balls I find are cheap imitations of the ones we had, and fall apart immediately. Where do you find sturdy ones???

GwenMB GwenMB

We have some of those toys (hello, I have 2 boys, of course we have toy cars! Are those really old toys?) & some of the others would be good gifts.  A checker game would be fun!


I would like to find more Tinker Toys.  We have some that I got at a garage sale, but they do seem hard to find.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I am still obsessed with the bouncy balls like the ones in the photo!

mrswi... mrswillie

I loved jacks

cara124 cara124

DS11 loves the Lincoln logs . He also loves the school house rock DVD

ceciliam ceciliam

We have a lot of these. i don't think I really had a favorite, as a kid.

sukainah sukainah

These are all fun ideas.  I remember many of them

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