10 Timeless Toys That Will Take You Back To Your Happy Place

*I would like to thank Tin Toy Arcade for partnering with me to create this post on timeless toys. I did receive compensation, but all opinions and toy favorites are my own!

The other day I was talking with a couple of parents about how the toys our children love, are the same ones we loved.  From My Little Pony, To Slip 'N Slides, To Cabage Patch Kids, and every other toy we buy our children that we think, If only I still had MY Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Bright... 

Then we started talking about the true toy classics. The toys that have spanned three and four generations, that our children still love today.
I just had to share how amazing it is that those same toys our parents and grandparents loved are in our homes today!  

Without further ado, I dedicate this Top Ten Tuesday to, 10 Timeless Toys That Will Take You Back To Your Happy Place. (Complete with history lesson about each toy's origin!)

My dad had them, my brother had them, and now my son has them. Rockem Sockem Robots were introduced by Marx Toys in the 1960's.

Seventeenth century Flemish painters show children blowing bubbles with clay pipes, which played into Generations of 18th and 19th century mothers gave their children their leftover washing soap to blow bubbles. At the beginning of the 20th century, street peddlers and pitchmen were among the first to sell bubbles as a toy. There's no denying, children for many many many more years to come will be blowing bubbles. 

One of the earliest documented jack-in-the-boxes was made by a German clock maker in the early 1500s. It was a gift for the son of a local Prince on the boy's fifth birthday. A plain wooden box with metal edges and a crank handle, it played a simple tune and the 'jack' was a comical devil with a 'leering smile'--according to a pamphlet published by the Nuremburg Toy Museum. When other nobles requested a "Devil-in-a box" for their own children, a trend took off that continues to this day. I prefer the cute monkey over the freaky clown myself.


The first flip book appeared in September, 1868, when it was patented by John Barnes Linnett under the name kineograph("moving picture"). I just colored one with my son last month. Now that's staying power! 

 The Sock Monkey
The iconic sock monkeys made from red-heeled socks, known today as the Rockford Red Heel, emerged at the earliest in 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company added the trademarked red heel to its product. FYI: The red heel of the sock, it the Monkey's Mouth!

Rubber Ducky

Talk about staying power, this little guy has been around for nearly 75-years!
Sculptor Peter Ganine created a sculpture of a duck in the 1940s, then patented it and reproduced it as a floating toy, of which over 50,000,000 were sold!


An early 1990's favorite, The Stop Rocket was invented by Fred Ramirez, President of D&L Company. Hard to believe that's 25 years ago! My Brother LOVED his, and today, Ollie is CONSTANTLY getting the rockets stuck in our trees. Thankfully a good wind or rain comes along to knock it loose!


Paul K. Guillow, a World War I U. S. Navy Aviator, took his love for flying and turned it into a timeless toy, the Balsa wood airplane!  After Charles Lindbergh's famous solo transatlantic flight in 1927, Guillow capitalized on the aeronautical craze sweeping the nation with his line line of balsa wood model kits. The first line of Guillow balsa shelf model kits consisted of twelve different World War I biplane fighters with 6 inch wing spans that retailed for 10¢ each! 

The Slinky! 

 In 1940 Richard James invented this "precompressed helical spring" toy. Seventy-Five years later, there is not a household that hasn't had one thrown down the stairs. 

And last, my personal favorite, and my son's too...


Invented in the 1970's the Fisher Price Children's music recorder, complete with five double sided records, playing children's song's 100-years old, is by far my favorite, and brings back so many wonderful memories!
Needless to say, I had to get one for my child...

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How many of these do you have in your home? What is you favorite timeless classic?

*I would like to that Tin Toy Arcade for partnering with me to create this post on timeless toys. I did receive compensation, but all opinions and toy favorites are my own!

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