Ever wonder what happened to the popularity of the toys you played with as a child? While some of them disappear completely, and some simply live on in your memory, others make a comeback in new and improved ways. The classic childhood toys that live to see another day, are great holiday gift ideas for today’s generation of kids. Who doesn’t want to see their kids enjoying their own childhood favorites?
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Last year’s classic childhood toys made modern, included Teddy Ruxpin and Cabbage Patch Dolls, among others. This year? It starts with what was always my favorite day at school – computer class. I’m not so young that computers weren’t available in schools, but I am young enough that the Apple computers we had in the computer lab were big, eggshell colored boxes.
Unlike today, where kids get on the computer almost daily at school, I was lucky enough to visit the computer lab once a month, if that. But when I did, playing The Oregon Trail was on the agenda. And guess what? Today, The Oregon Trail has migrated from big box computers, to a handheld game thanks to Basic Fun.
- Learn about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on The Oregon Trail, one of the most
successful computer games of all time!
- Choose your profession and your traveling companions, then set out on the trek from
Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley circa 1848.
- Fill your covered wagon with supplies, and prepare to cross rivers and mountain ranges along
the way – hunting for food and trading for supplies as you go.
- Monitor your traveling pace, supplies and the health of your party closely, to make sure
everyone arrives safely and to avoid the dreaded message “You have died of dysentery.”
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want this myself, but I’m also excited about sharing what was my favorite day at school, with my kids, who are now growing up with video games themselves. The Oregon Trail Handheld Game makes it easier than ever to play the classic game, but the content and concept can’t get more original. I hope you’re prepared for you and your party to get measles, snakebites, broken arms and legs, exhaustion, and death by drowning, because on the Oregon Trail, it’s only a matter of time.
Another one of the classic childhood toys that has been slightly modernized for today’s generation of kids, is the Fisher-Price Cash Register. My kids love going to the store with me, picking out whatever it is we need (plus stuff we don’t), putting it on the conveyor belt, and helping pay. With the Fisher-Price Cash Register, they can pretend and play at home.
- Great way to help kids learn cognitive, educational and developmental skills through real
- Features a real working calculator, pop-out drawer, and scanner.
- Kids can practice problem solving and memory by completing their grocery list, and they
can learn number recognition and counting when using the working calculator.
- Includes one milk carton, one play apple, broccoli and bread made with squishy plastic,
play money and a pretend credit card.
It may not happen in a real store these days, but do you think my kids will let me have a tab at their store? Hopefully they know I’m good for it.
What classic childhood toy do you wish would make a comeback?
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