Nostalgia Toys Meme

Ages and ages ago the lovely Iona at Redpeffer tagged me in a Nostalgia Toys Meme, and I immediately started thinking what to write. But with one thing and another I never actually wrote it! Rubbish! But, here it is, better late than never, right?

We (and Monkey in particular) are really lucky in that our parents have kept some of the toys that we had as kids!

Hubby’s parents in particular have kept LOADS and Monkey adores going round to their house to play with all of the toys! They kept loads of brio and duplo (and apparently there is a box full of lego in the loft too) and cars, and just wow. There’s a farm Granddad made for hubby and his brothers, and just loads of stuff. Shows how long toys can last!

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A few weeks ago they got a whole bunch of cars out of the loft and hubby and his brothers were loving getting them all out and reminiscing!

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Monkey was so happy with them all too, particularly when he found a mini postman pat van! He adores that little thing!Β We split the cars up between our house and his uncles houses so there is always cars to play with! Having two brothers I remember many happy hours spent playing with cars, building elaborate race tracks and slopes for them out of sofa cushions and I am sure we will be creating many more with Monkey over the years!

My mum didn’t keep nearly as much as with moving house a few times lofts were cleared out, but she has kept some fab toys. We have some blocks that my uncle made for me when I was a tot – my auntie made the bag and it has a lovely C on it hehe. I don’t remember playing with them particularly but they have lasted so well! Monkey loves them, particularly knocking over Grandpop’s towers!



We also have a fab dolls house that again my uncle made and that Monkey adores. It brings back so many memories for me as some of the wallpaper was leftover scraps from my Grandparents’ house! Some of the furniture hasn’t lasted so well, but it is so lovely and it is really sweet to see Monkey playing with it too!

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We’ve recently bought monkey a play house for the garden, second hand off ebay, and it reminded me of the houses my dad used to make for us. He was a cardboard box salesman (yep slightly random) so our garage wasΒ alwaysΒ FULL of cardboard. Which was great for making all sorts of things, and obviously as kids we loved it. The cardboard wendy houses in particular were great. He made this one when my older bro and I were little…


and then it got a whole lot more elaborate when our little bro had his made! I think his may even have had some carpet in it!! Lol! My mum worked for Woolwich at the time, hence the flag!




It’s lovely to think that even though technology has come on so much since we were kids, and with so many toys doing all these amazing things, sometimes, the simple toys are the best. You don’t have to go crazy or spend loads of money on a toy for a kid to be happy.

So there we have it, I have finally written this post! I though it was perfect timing to link up with Iona and Jocelyn for The Theme GameΒ with this week’s theme of Childhood! Sorry it’s so late Iona!

I’m not going to tag anyone but if why not join in ? What were your favourite toys as a kid? Have you or your parents kept any of your old toys that your kids now play with?

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42 thoughts on “Nostalgia Toys Meme

  1. It’s so lovely to see old toys come back out again. I think one of the reasons this meme slipped my mind (sorry Iona!) is that all my old toys are still in Edinburgh, so I don’t have the luxury of being able to have a look at them to jog my memory! Love the photos of Monkey playing with the cars and the dollhouse. And those cardboard box Wendy houses are fab πŸ™‚

  2. The Little ones play with my old fisher price garage, cars and pirate lego at nanny’s house and it is still going strong. It is great to pass toys down. I love the cardboard houses and the old dolls house, I am now wondering what i can keep of ours to had down to any future grandchildren! #letkidsbekids

  3. What fab toys, I love the play houses and those cars-my son would never leave! A great post and I really enjoyed sharing the memories-you have some seriously talented people in the family. Thank you for sharing with #TheThemeGame and for writing about your nostalgia toys-some things are worth waiting for πŸ™‚

  4. Great post. My parents kept lots of toys and now my kids are playing with them and I think, they really love them. It just goes to show, you don’t need all the fancy toys there are now. I have been meaning to write a similar post, I must get writing it.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  5. Wow, those are so many cars! It must be so exciting for him to get to play with them. My Dad made me a doll house too, but sadly, since we moved countries, I don’t have it. #letkidsbekids

  6. This is lovely to read. Its so good to see children playing with older toys. It reminds me of Toy Story πŸ™‚ My MIL found some of OH’s old toys the other day and the kids loved them! x #LetKidsBeKids

    • Yeah it’s funny isn’t it? All these high tech toys but kids actually love the simple toys the most! xx

  7. Wow what a treasure trove of saved toys! I don’t think my parents saved anything in particular although they did save some of our treasured books which now get read to JJ when we stay the night there which is lovely. X #TheThemeGame

    • Aww that must be lovely! I was convinced there was a box of my old books somewhere but we can’t seem to find them, which is gutting but hey ho! xx

  8. I know everyone else has said it but WOW WOW too! All those old toys are amazing I love old toys. My mom and dad send Buba them all the time from when they were little not just me. They are fab. Love all the photos of monkey he seems so happy with them. Kids never know the difference. I love the cars shot that many trucks and cars Buba would be in vehicle heaven!! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • Thanks Jenny, Monkey is so lucky and I think the box of cars would be a lot of boys dream cars! Loving that your parents have toys from when they were little, that is incredible!! xx

  9. hehe I love all the old style cars my mum and dad just recently got all of our old stuff down out of the attic its great to remember what we played with – I still think the toys were better then #sharewithme

    • Aww it’s lovely to see them all again isn’t it and I totally agree with you – so much better! xx

  10. Wow! I would of loved to of had one of those cardboard box houses! They look so fun and if I ever come across a massive box I am so going to have a go at making one! I also love the dolls house too and how lovely that your son is now playing with something that once brought you so much joy! Great post πŸ™‚ #sharewithme

    • Lol, oh definitely, and me too – would have to be a pretty big box though lol! It is lovely seeing him playing with our old toys πŸ™‚ xx

  11. This is such a joyful post, love it, especially the cardboard house your dad made. That is so awesome! How lovely that you have all these heritage toys to share with Monkey. #sharewithme

  12. How great are your cardboard Wendy houses, I’d have loved those as a kid.
    Wow, that’s a lot of cars and how sweet to still have the battered little Postman Pat van. I don’t think my mum and dad have any of our old toys left, apart from the odd one or two!

    • Lol I know, I think it’s every car that the 3 brothers ever owned, and it is a lot! Monkey loved the postman pat van and was so excited to have found it bless him! xx

  13. Aw, this post really brought a lump to my throat, there’s something so lovely about nostalgic toys – the idea that they can bring joy to generations. Loving the cardboard box house. Awesome. #sharewithme

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