I remember playing Shoots & Ladders, and CandyLand, molding play-doh into animal shapes, using real potatoes for Mr. Potato Head.
Silly Putty in its own case - a plastic egg. Picking up the impression from the comics section in the Sunday Daily News.
I played with Barbie dolls, along with her friends, Midge and Tressy. Tressy had a button in her belly that you'd push to lengthn or shorten her hair. Midge had freckles and somewhat kinky hair. And Barbie was, of course, Barbie -- impossibly proportioned, and scorned for such in this day and age. I never looked at her as being an idol type--she was just Barbie. Always had a Ken doll, too -- he had the worst peach fuzz hair.
Colorforms, and their shinyness -- wonderful color and shapes on a black background. Hours of fun.
I had a whole family of dolls called the Little Kiddles. They were mini dolls, with the baby of the family being among the cutest of them all. Barely the size of a child's thumb.
Monopoly was a great game to play if you could get someone to play with you -- It is a long game unless maybe you hae a few players. I think I still have a monopoly game put away in the closet.
I watch Logan playing with his toys today -- his Mr Potato Head comes with a plastic potato. Cleaner, no doubt, but it takes away a certain something.
*A free-write is a type of automatic writing, where you just go with your stream of consciousness non-stop. There's no thought to spelling or grammar, and no editing of words. Supposedly this opens the mind up to greater creativity. They can be 5, 10 or 20 minutes long. Suggestions for freewrites are always welcome. Visit Evie, with whom I freewrite, at the space between colors.