Just a bit of history on toys. They are said to have been made even before history was being documented, with the first being said to have existed as early as 3000 BC. The very first toys were a lot less imaginative and were mainly based on things that had already been in existence, such as animals. With time and with man's innovation, a wider range became available, and the children of the '60s had quite a bit to choose from.
The toys that were popular during the '60s are still being played with today. Things like the Barbie and Ken dolls (albeit they were very ugly back then), Troll dolls, Disney plushies and LEGO bricks have only been improved upon with time. Some of the most sought-after toys of the '60s included Chatty Cathy, Easy Bake Ovens, Suzy Homemaker, Lite-Brites, Hot Wheels and Flatsy Dolls.
So when you think about it, we really haven't changed that much. Do you think you can name the rest of these popular '60s toys by just looking at a picture?
Barbie was first made in 1959, and have since sold over a billion dolls that are still being made today. The '60s saw an explosion of Barbie and her accessories.
Etch A Sketch came out in 1960 as a hit. In 2003, The Toy Industry Association named it as one of the 100 most memorable and creative toys of the 20th century.
Duncan Yo-Yos are still made. They first came out in 1929, seeing a huge surge in popularity in the 1960s.
Originally advertised as wallpaper cleaner, Play-Doh was soon on every kid's shelf as a modeling toy. It originally was advertised to children in the 1950s, with big growth in the 1960s. It is still sold today.
Mr. Potato Head was designed as toy accessories to attach to real potatoes. But complaints about rotting potatoes forced the company to include a plastic potato in 1964. It was re-popularized in the "Toy Story" franchise.
In 1946, Tonka was originally known as Mound Metalcraft, out of Mound, MN. In 1955, they changed their name to Tonka. Tonka trucks were heavy-duty kids toys at 1/64 the actual size of a truck. They have produced thousands of different toys for children.
Who didn't own and destroy a slinky as a child. A slinky is simply a helical spring, but with its mesmerizing movement, it became a popular toy with children.
You likely remember the G.I. Joe fad of the '80s and '90s. But. G.I. Joe has been around since 1964 with its first line, 12-inch realistic action figures. That was also one of Hasbro's most popular G.I. Joe toy lines.
Monopoly was first invented in 1903 to demonstrate how economics works with few restrictions. But it wasn't until 1935 that Parker Brothers published the game. It unwittingly become the reason for millions of family squabbles of the next century. The game is so loved that as of early 2017, there have been over 300 versions.
Red Rocker and Blue Bomber sock it out in a two-player action boxing game developed in 1964. Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots has a significant cult following, leading up to a new version that was released in 2000.
What better way was there (in the 60s) to listen to your favorite swinging music? The popularity of the transistorized phonograph was due to new technology which made it lightweight, portable and had the ability to use batteries instead of AC.
The history of the pitching machine stems back to 1897 when a gunpowder-operated machine was developed for Princeton University - leading to a lot of injuries. Go figure. By 1960, the two-wheel propulsion machine that is still common today was invented.
Kids have always wanted to be like their parents, so it isn't surprising that in 1962 Fisher-Price invented a talk back telephone with a pull string. The chatter telephone was one of many dial telephone toys that came out in the '60s.
Trolls dolls were invented in 1959, and were highly popular throughout the 1960s. They have had fads come and go from the 1970s until today. The latest trends have been sparked by movies such as "Toy Story" and 2016's "Trolls."
Talking dolls were a hot item in the 1960s, but Little Miss Echo never seemed to grab a hold of that market as much as producers hoped. They were manufactured in 1962 and 1963, but sold until 1965.
Toys in the 1960s were not necessarily all about safety as is evident in Satellite Jumping Shoes. These trampolines for feet were popularized by the space race of the 1950s and 1960s.
Chatty Cathy was a pull-string talking doll. It was the second best-selling doll behind...You guessed it - Barbie.
The Game of Mousetrap was all about building a complicated trap to do an easy job. The game came out in 1963 as one of the first 3D game boards and was wildly popular. The game is still published today
James Bond was wildly popular in the 1960s, both in novels and movies. In 1964, the James Bond Board Game was produced so kids could become their own secret agent.
Has a board game ever been more delicious? Candyland was the game that really launched Milton Bradley into the board game phenomenon. The game was Milton Bradley's bestseller and put them on the map alongside Parker Brothers. The game is still very popular today.
The Beatles Board Game was first published in 1964 as a smart campaign to sell off of the popular band. Players went around a board as one of the Beatles trying to collect cards of their character. The first to collect four won.
View-masters were a fun toy for kids to view 3D images. While it was introduced in 1939, the real change came with Model G in 1962 which provided a lightweight, plastic view-master that lasted for the next couple decades.
G.I. Joe is one of the best-selling action figures of all time. Nearly since the development of the movable action figure came a variety of vehicles to help them in battle.
Francie Fairchild is Barbie's trendy cousin from England. As if Barbie wasn't trendy enough. Francie was popular from the late '60s to the early '70s.
Lego blocks have been manufactured since 1949 and have been a hit ever since. The 1960s construction blocks were highly popular and featured sets with 151 to 565 pieces.
Matchbox has had several carrying cases over the years but few rival the Car City case. When broken down, this case turned into an actual city with buildings, streets, and plenty of fun.
Milton Bradley board games were second fiddle to the industry powerhouse, Parker Brothers. That is, until Monopoly hit the market which shot sales and acclaim. They would continue with games such as Barrel O' Monkeys, Aggravation, Candyland and several superhero-themed games that became hits in the 60s.
The 1960s were a big change for Lionel trains. With the cold-war and technology, the glory of riding the rail was dwindling. This made for a change in railroad cars from the traditional, to trains that launch satellites and missiles. In an attempt to "save" the company, they launched science kits, slot cars, and phonographs. In 1967, however, the company filed for bankruptcy.
The 1960s were all about talking dolls - and Barbie was the most sold doll of the decade. By 1968, the two were combined with a string that kids pulled behind Barbie's neck so she could talk. This was also the first Barbie with separated fingers. Despite her popularity, later collectors would find that these dolls had a terrible time with limbs staying attached and most no longer talk.
Measuring math? Science project? Or, is it just an artful toy? The basics behind the Spirograph have been around since the early 20th century. However, it wasn't until 1966 and the release of Spirograph that these toys became widely produced. The brand was again released in 2013 in both the U.S. and Europe.
It wasn't until the 1960s that the 8-track became profitable enough for manufacturers to produce. By 1965, manufacturers were also able to reduce their bulk, which had been another inhibiting factor for consumers. Despite popularity in the '60s and '70s, 8-tracks were virtually unknown to non-English speaking countries with the exception of Japan.
The Moon Scope Telescope became popular in the 1960s alongside science fiction novels, comics and graphic novels. The '60s were also the dawning of the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, allowing each kid to play their part in looking to the stars.
Matchbox and Hot Wheels were the big miniature car companies in the '60s. Hot Wheels came out in 1968 as a more "tricked out" and fantastic version of cars, as opposed to matchboxes street cars.
Casper was a media sensation and hot commodity in the '60s. Casper was sensationalized in comics and cartoons' as well as complimentary merchandising.
Barbie must have been lonely because two years after she was released to the market, her boyfriend, Ken, was released in 1961. Ken, like Barbie, had a wide variety of stylish and entertaining clothing. He would be joined later in the decade with other male Barbie dolls.
Ken met Barbie in 1961 and by 1962 they had their own studio apartment - Barbie's Dream House. The house was small, minimalist, and made of cardboard. She probably never knew how good life would get back then.
The Easy-Bake oven baked thumb-sized deserts with an incandescent light. In the first year, there were over 500,000 sold. To date, there have been tens of millions sold.
The super ball was designed in 1964 and released in 1965. With different collectible designs and colors, the balls became an instant fad. In its 1965 peak, there were over 170,000 being sold each day across the country.
In 1966, Topper Toys released a series of functional miniature kitchen appliances for kids. Wildly popular with young girls in the 1960s, Suzy Homemaker was later accused by this same generation of being too domestic and attacked by feminists. The brand still exists today as a vintage toy manufacturer.
Lite-Brite was a glowing box that kids would place small plastic pegs into and it would light up. Templates on paper were provided with the box and peg refills could also be purchased. How much have things changed since the '60s? Lite-Brite is now offered as an app for your phone.
Flatsy dolls are known for their posable limbs, cute faces, and long, colored hair. They came in three sizes from 2.5" to 8.5".
Who hasn't found themselves in a compromising pose with their mom while playing Twister. Twister was originally called Pretzel, until Milton Bradley changed the name before release in 1966. Competitors fired back against the success by saying that Milton Bradley was selling "sex in a box" perpetuated by Eva Gabor playing Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show."
Bowling was a popular past-time in the 1960s and Championship Bowling Pins brought the game home for the kids. Each box came with a bowling ball, 11-inch pins, and a pin-spotting sheet. By their teens, kids often turned the bowling pins into failed attempts at juggling.
Every young girl wants to be like their mother. Girls Easy Curl provided great curls for girls all over the country. As advertised, they provided an easy curl in minutes with pre-warmed curlers that were heated with light bulbs.
Frisbee came out in 1938 and was a popular toy in the 1960s. The longest recorded throw of a Frisbee is 338 meters by David Wiggins Jr.
In the 1960's "see-it-pop" popcorn makers were as popular as they have ever been. With strong marketing and pandering to the "fun" of watching your popcorn pop, they were, and continue to be, a fun way to make a snack.