Today, I begin a new feature on Girls in White Dresses Blog: Little Tales. These feature the beloved Fisher Price Little People of my childhood. I’ll share memories, but I’m hoping some of you will join in as well.
There’s just something about these toys. Check them out in the blog button (made by my talented and helpful daughter) — don’t you just want to pick up a few and start playing? And I love that they don’t do anything other than what children make them do. They’re wonderful for imaginative play, for sure.
I thought it would be interesting to look at the evolution of Little People. The first two, on the left, are two of my earliest Little People. They are wood, and I think the guy came from my Old Woman in the Shoe toy — although I’m not sure. After all, why would a man be in that toy? The second one might be a girl from the afore-mentioned shoe, or she might have come with my Ferris Wheel.
The girl in green is wood as well, but has the more updated features that a majority of my Little People share.
Then, the girl in orange is the newer, plastic type. I know the people that came with my Houseboat were plastic — after all, they had to float.
And finally — the farmer on the right belonged to my girls. Yes, believe it or not, this is what passes for a “little person” today in Fisher Price toys. He’s undoubtedly cute, but I have to think he’s a step back from the originals. Why did they change the design so radically? Fear of choking hazard? I guess that’s really the only reason I can think of. Or maybe they wanted them to be a comment on the way we Americans have super-sized in the past generation or so …
Do you have any Little People memories? Or do your children enjoy little people? If so, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. I’d love to share photos of today’s kids enjoying the Little People, or hear stories from your childhood.