Kids nowadays have it pretty great where the subject of toys is concerned. They have the coolest toys – things like iPads and Xbox 360s and Bakugan and Bey Blades and a whole slew of stuff that make adults wish they were kids now. However, the things we had back then weren’t so bad. They kept us entertained for hours and in a child’s eyes, these were the awesomest, fantastickest, wonderfullest stuff you could ever have. Dust off your shoes, because we’re going to take you on a trip down memory lane with these ten toys from your childhood!
Also known as a Space Propeller, this little toy was ingenious in its simplicity and fascinating for its use of physics and aerodynamics. Basically a propeller attached to a stick or straw, the Flying T was placed in between both palms. To play with it, one rubbed both palms in opposite directions, causing the whole toy to spin upwards like a miniature helicopter. Some kids would make games out of either having two Space Propellers battling in mid-air against each other, or seeing as to who could fly the highest or longest. Flying Ts were usually available in bright candy colors as prizes in cheese flavored corn curl snacks although in places like Vancouver, Canada, they’re available as stand-alone toys that even come in glow-in-the-dark green for night flights.
A novelty available in carnivals and fairs, the trapeze toy traces its roots to the early part of the 20th Century. Originally made of wood and string, the trapeze toy was a miniature acrobat held together by cunningly placed cords and elastic bands who held himself up on a horizontal bar that was in turn suspended on two posts, like that ancient medieval work out device, the hated pull-up bar. To play with the trapeze toy, all you had to do was squeeze and relax your palm as you held the two posts. The tension and slack created caused the acrobat to perform flips and maneuvers normally reserved for Cirque de Soleil. Tiny versions of this toy exist in plastic, with the acrobat being made of thin tiny sheets and his bar, of thin straws.