5 Retro Summertime Toys We Loved But Would Never Give Our Own Kids

polRemember the good old days, when summertime meant endless hours of uninterrupted, unsupervised fun playing with potentially hazardous objects loosely defined as "toys"? Maybe our parents didn't watch us very closely, or maybe toy companies had yet to be slammed with multiple lawsuits (I don't ever recall hearing the term "chooking hazard"), but it's a wonder any of us survived relatively unscathed. Not counting the multiple scars, of course.

Sadly, our children will never know the joys of spending summer vacation playing with perilous playthings ... not with all those warning labels and safety standards and whatnot. Here are 5 totally terrifying toys we can't help loving -- but would never give our own kids!

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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Fireworks are not a toy in any decade, I don't know anyone who would have ever been allowed to play with fireworks. I'd also have no problem with a pogo stick. I'd probably slap a bike helmet on the kid but hours spent on a pogo stick is worth the occasional loss of skin off your elbows or sprained wrist. 

Nelli... NellieAthome

Other than lawn darts I see no reason to deprive children of these toys...


Rhonda - I had fireworks every year from toddler age on - as I got older I got different ones but firecrackers were a big part of the July 4 celebrations when I was 8 and older - still here - still have all my fingers


Parents overprotect kids today - even child psychologists are worried saying we are raising increasingly timid, fearful  children who are unable to make decisions even in their 20s without asking a parent

Jespren Jespren

Yeah...my kids are just as capable and intelligent as I was as a kid, they'll have just as much fun with those items as I did.

Happy... Happydad73

Nellie I agree with you. Lawn darts are out but my kids play with all of the others with proper supervision.

bills... billsfan1104

That's because people are raising a bunch of wusses

Drgndame Drgndame

I was born in 1980 and my mom did not let me have any of that. The closest thing to fire works I was aloud to have was a sparkler and I let my kids play with them also

B1Bomber B1Bomber

My kids will be taught to use fireworks appropriately once they are old enough to light them. And I would totally give my kid a pogo stick. Pogo sticks are great toys.

me_plus3 me_plus3

Yeah i had all of those as a kid and i'm still here. My kids will definately have them as well. They'll be older before getting the darts but that's more from my sister throwing one into my foot when we were kids than anything. I see nothing wrong with fireworks. My siblings and i used to light them and throw them at each other and we're all still here.

nonmember avatar nikki

i actually broke a tooth on a pogo stick and my arm on a slip n slide....maybe i was just a clutzy kid :)

MomOwl MomOwl

I dont' see a problem with any of these except the trampoline without the net when the kids are old enough to be responsible with them.

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