Friday Fun Feature: Classic Games and Comebacks
You had them, your parents probably had them, and now your kids have them. Whether they've never left your toy chest since childhood or they're making a return to your household, these games and toys are classics. They will never "get old" and we love them for that.
The Yo-Yo: Did you know that the Yo-Yo (under other names) has been around in Europe and Asia since the late 1700s? It wasn't until Donald F. Duncan popularized the toy in the 1930s that the Yo-Yo became a hit in the states. While most of us just learn to "Walk the Dog," hundreds of others put their skills and talents to the test in the annual worldwide Yo-Yo Competition. We like to think the fun is in the challenge.
Jacks: So many folks have come into the store asking if we have a Jacks set. We just got them back in and we like to think they're here to stay. It's a game that could be played by yourself or with a group of friends. The concept is simple: Bounce the ball into the air and try to grab as many jacks before the ball comes down again. A quick hand will get you those onesies, twosies...
The Jump Rope: On a playground or in a schoolyard, the group sings, "Cinderella dressed in yella, went upstairs to kiss her fella..." as the boy or girl in the middle keeps up the rhythm of jumping over the rope. And, we're not even talking about the (slightly) more complicated double dutch or chinese jump rope. Kids will spend their whole recess or afternoon counting how many times they can jump over the rope, trying to better themselves.
Scratch 'n Sniff Stickers: "Oh my gosh, I remember these!" we say with happy exclamations full of fond memories. And, what did we use them for? We traded them with our friends or decorated our binders with them. There were some of us who even stuck them onto our notebook paper, to embellish the writing that read, "The future Mrs...." with the curly signature and a dozen hearts.
The Kaleidoscope: A work of art that fits in a child's bookbag or on his nightstand. Colors and shapes that move and dance with just the turn of a wrist. How amazing for a child the first time they take a peek. Best of all, they are in control of what they see and how they see it.
Do you have a favorite game or toy that could be considered a classic? Or, is there one that you would love to see make a comeback? Please, let us know in the comments below, on our Facebook page or by tweet.