Thursday, May 1, 2008

My Favourite Childhood Toys

Scrappy Jessi is hosting "Favorite childhood Toys" today and I had a great time preparing for this.


I found Google to be a great place to find what I needed and have really enjoyed finding pictures of some of the toys I played with as a child. It was definitely a nice walk down memory lane.

Here are a few pictures of me with some of my early toys
Karen's Toys
Miss Emma is one doll that I still have. She was refurbished about 10 years ago and is approximately 55 years old. The poor dear lived in a box for a very long time.
Miss Emma


My very favourite toy was my doll house. I would play with it whenever I could and was so please to find a picture of one like I had.
'Metal

Another thing I liked to do was roller skate. I would spend hours skating over at the school yard and always wore the key around my neck on a shoe string.
Key and Rollar Skates

Skipping rope and playing with a rubber ball was also something I liked to do. We had little songs that we sang while playing with the rope or ball.
Skipping Rope and Rubber Ball


More Games...Chinese Checkers and a Yo-Yo
Chinese Checkers and Yo Yo


When I was in Grade one and two I played the triangle in the school band so my parents bought me one to play at home. And, of course everyone in my neighbourhood had a view master.
Musical Triangle and View Master


I also had a Campbell Soup doll that looked very much like this one. My mom had sent away soup labels and got the doll for me. I really wish I still had the doll.
Campbell Soup Doll

A few other items that I really enjoyed playing with was my mother's button box and a kaleidoscope. I still like to play with both of these items.

I hope you have enjoyed coming along with me down memory lane.

KarenOX

47 comments:

http:/blogcabinfever.typepad.com said...

You found some neat old pictures. Lovely to see and remember...
Pam

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Aw, you were such a cutie, and what a happy little girl!

Our Back Porch said...

Oh, that dollhouse looked like mine. I couldn't find a picture of it to add to my blog but you found it. Come by and check out all of my toys.
Hugs and Blessings,
Rebecca

Fete et Fleur said...

Oh my goodness... I used to have the same doll house! This is a fun challenge. I'm off to see some more.

xx Nancy

P.S. You are the cutest little thing in those old photos!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh what a great array of toys and memories. I love your doll.
Come check my dolls out.
It has been fun going to Jessi's party.
Alison

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, those skates bring back lovely memories, and I had that same doll house. You were a beautiful child, those photographs are gorgeous. I love all of your toys, isn't it grand to travel down memory lane and your music takes us there so beautifully. A beautiful post.

Stop by my toy chest.

Blessings, Karen

Scrappy Jessi said...

karen!
you were such a cute baby!!
love all your toys!
your doll is amazing!
im so glad you could join me today!!
oxoox,
jessi

Rosa said...

Hi,
Thanks for sharing , you reminded with of other things I used to play with!
Have a great day!
Rosa

LW said...

What a cutie pie you were ...
I too loved my doll house, I had one just like that...

Louise

Sherry said...

My kids love my button jar. I do too and aren't kaleidoscope's just wonderful! I couldn't think of the name of View Master tha other night for anything and I love your Emma.

She'sSewPretty said...

Karen,
We must be near the same age as we played with the same toys. I had that doll house and I've always wanted to find another one too!

Kimla Kay said...

Love your childhood pictures...they are so classic! Oh yes, I remember the View Master - that thing has entertained many a child. This has been such a fun party...everyone sharing their happy memories. Thank you for posting yours.

Mya said...

I love the black and white photos they are beautiful! The soup doll is wonderful. Thank you for visiting me.
-Mya

Lori said...

Karen, great vinnie pics! Loved seeing the alum tinsel on the tree! And so loved your pink dool house, I had the aqua! Come visit! Lori

Dianne said...

Awesome photos! I remember the Viewmaster too! It's fun seeing what everyone loved as a child.

Sleepy Hollow Craft Company said...

I love your pictures! So Sweet! I LOVEd viewmaster!!!!

Fabulous Finds Studio said...

I love the dolls..so adorable! This party is so much fun!

Have a fabulous day!
Julie

Cami said...

Weren't you the most adorable little thing??! I had the skates w/ keys for a very little while then they came out w/ the tennis shoe skates in the late 70's or so and I was smitted. Got my first kiss on a skating rink floor. Lovely to walk down memory lane w/ you. Enjoyed the musical interlude as well.

Mary Isabella said...

I had a doll house similar to yours when I was growing up and I love it so much. Seeing yours brought back so many sweet memories.....Thank-you so much for this...Have a fun day my dear friend. I am sending you a big hug...Mary

Vintage Tea said...

I'm loving these toy posts! Such fun and so interesting to see the same things popping up and others I'd forgotten about!

Victoria x

fated follies studio said...

you sure had lots of classic toys. how wonderful is the doll you saved all these years?

jenny

happy may day!

Sandy said...

Oh girl the ball and skipping rope brought back memories for me! Love the doll house and 55 year old doll!!

Sandyxox

Alisa said...

Miss Emma is so sweet Karen! I think that is really cool that you still have her. Thanks for sharing.
Alisa

Sammelleidenschaft said...

Oh cute childhood picture!
Miss Emma is a wonderfull doll.
I had those funny skating shoes too.
Thanks for sharing all!
Stefanie

mendytexas said...

I LOVE the doll house! I have that "triangle" instrument in my classroom right now! Use it all the time! Great pics!! :)mendy

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

I love your black and white photos. How good it is to have good childhood memories. I love the other toys you mentioned and showed pictures of as well! Thanks for visiting my blog today!
*Heidi*

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

PS When I was little I always wanted a doll house. But now that I'm a grown up girl I have my own huge house to play house in...and I'm loving it! *Heidi*

Saucy said...

That dollhouse is wicked cool. One of my friends had one like it and also they had one at the doctor's office so I really didn't mind going at all!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I think your doll is just gorgous! What an elegent face!
I used to love playing Chinese checkers too. Now I am going to have to look for mine.

the fan said...

I just loved your old photos - I think, however, that I have a couple of years on you (1942 - 65 I AM!!) But, what I found so wonderful (don't giggle at the silliness) the icicles on your Christmas Tree!!! I think they were actually lead - and boy oh boy, nothing could hang as graciously as those babies!! I would give my arm for a source for those old icicles!! Nice to meet you!!! The Fan

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

How sweet is this!!!! Your old photos are darling beyond words! I remember having a ViewMaster! lol And I loved my kaleidoscope, too! =)

Pink Paris Match said...

Wow! You had some really great toys! Especially the beautiful doll and that great metal doll house!

Julie Bergmann

Kristin said...

Thanks for sharing your childhood toys! What exactly was the key with the roller skates for?

Linda said...

Hi Karen,
Great post, I loved hearing about your childhood toys.
Have a great day.
Cheers Linda

Marina Capano said...

all amazing, nice history! see you!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Oh my goodness Karen - I had all those toys (maybe I exaggerated just a wee bit on my blog)LOL My sister and I loved trying to one up one another about who got more! She would have gotten a good laugh.
My doll wasn't quite as fabulous as yours though. I loved that doll house I had like that. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Nancy

Cheryl said...

Miss Emma is lovely! And I see you shared my joy of skating. What fond memories!

M.KATE said...

firstly, i love those b & W photos, never kept any of my old toys..dont remember having much either, but i am sure my kids arent so keen to play toys nowadays with all those gameboy, PSP and computer games. At times, I had to chase them out of the house to play at the garden. Looks like you had a fabulous childhood.

big hug to you and happy weekend :)

Miss Sandy said...

What fun! I loved my view master too! One thing that really struck a cord were the old style roller skates. I had those too! I hated when the toe strap came off and the ankle strap stayed in place and clunked you on the ankle bone, OUCH! The metal wheel would about jar your teeth loose but oh they were so much fun!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love these!! We remember our mother's button box- a treasure trove of imagination!!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Sherry/Cherie said...

Karen, these are wonderful items...and some I looked at and it just brought a smile to my face -- I had roller skates like that, my skipping rope looked like that..I loved my doll house to bits and I played chinese checkers with my great grandmother all the time!! Wonderful memories!!

Oliver Rain said...

I love your toys. You were such a sweet little girl. I love that you were able to restore your childhood friend. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog.

Cathy said...

I love the old pictures of you! I had the exact same doll house and the Chinese checkers too. My sisters & I used to make up goofy Chinese checkers games because we never agreed on the "official" rules!!

HopHopJingleBoo said...

oh my I had a metal doll house like that too and chinese checkers,we could have skated together as I always was misplacing my key!!

Debbie said...

I'm late to the party 'cause I "had to" go to a scrapbook reteat this weekend. Thanks for stopping by my blog... I had a doll house just like yours too. Guess a lot of us ladies are the same age! Do you remember how the metal wheels on those skates used to make your feet numb from all the vibrating?

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The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Oh how cool are all these old toys!!!! My favorite is the doll house!