Easy Bake Oven
Mine was that unmistakable ’70s green. I didn’t use it a whole lot, but remember the thrill when I did. I remember it being a pain to push the pan into the oven, and then use another pan to push it out the other side. If only cooking could still induce such excitement!
Twister – Monopoly – Mouse Trap
Ah, games. It seems like board games were more popular during my childhood than they are now, but that would make sense – we had no computers, cell phones, ipods, etc. to distract us then.
Twister was a favorite – we didn’t have it, but I remember it a lot from friends’ houses and parties.
Mouse Trap is another memory – I didn’t have one, but remember playing it. It was one of those games that took longer to set up than it actually did to play, and then the trap didn’t always work, etc. I had a similar game, but mine was about Charlie Brown. It probably took an hour to put together the cardboard fence and all the pieces.
Monopoly – don’t we all remember Monopoly? It took forever to play, so a game of Monopoly was a real event. We often played it in segments – one part one day, then finish up the next. What was your favorite playing piece? I love the thimble and the little dog.
Of course, these are still around, but Pez dispensers aren’t new. It’s good to know that the current generation can still experience the joy of pushing a character’s head back to get a sugary little wafer.
Family Affair Dolls
Remember the Family Affair TV show, with Uncle Bill, Buffy, Jody, and Cissy, and of course Buffy’s beloved doll Mrs. Beasley?
Ah, Magic Rocks. You were supposed to pour a liquid over them and then crystal stalagmites would magically grow from them. They always looked better on the box than they actually turned out …
What are some of your favorite baby boomer toys?