Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Favorite Toys as a Child

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1)  Jen on Auntie Jen’s Family Trees posted “Throwback Thursday Favorite Toys”on 23 January, and Linda S. thought it would make a good SNGF topic.  I agree!

2) What are some (one or more) of the toys you played with as a child?  


3)  Share your favorite toy(s) with us in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook message.  Please leave a comment on this blog noting where your conjectures are located.


I was the youngest of 7 girls, so we didn’t have a lot of toys growing up. Most of our presents were practical – clothing, soap, bath sets etc.  Also, I spent most of my free time reading, rather than playing with toys.  When I wasn’t reading I would be outside, going for walks, or having a swing on the swing dad made, or playing with the kids from nearby houses who were around my age.  I also remember my sisters and I playing at cooking with the old stove mum and dad had in the back yard. We had toy saucepans, and plastic food to use with it.

I remember playing with dolls and sets of blocks. One year my sister and I received a tennis ball on a string set (I forget what they’re actually called).  Another year, I received a train set.  Another toy I remember was a cowboys and Indians set.

When I was a baby I had a rocker, and mum and dad still had it in 1979, as I have a photo of one of my nieces on it.  I remember riding a tricycle when I was little as well.  We lived on a hill, so I remember dad making us a billy-cart, and riding that down the hill.

In rainy weather, especially when we went camping, we would play board games and card games. The board games I remember are Monopoly and Scrabble, and Park N Shop.  The card games we played were gin rummy, rummy and five hundred.  When we visited my great aunt and great uncle, they had some wooden puzzles that we played with.  We also had a few jigsaw puzzles.

2 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Favorite Toys as a Child

  1. With six siblings, you were never lacking for kids to play with. I liked board games, too, although I don’t ever remember owning many. It sounds like you had many days of fun.

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