Thanks to those happy kids and catchy jingles in toy commercials, there were certain toys we all wanted as kids. They promised hours of fun and creativity and often delivered! We didn’t always get all of them, but most of us managed to finagle at least one or two from our parents. With all the exciting new materials and products in the 1960s, it’s no surprise that this was the era when our most classic toys were created! Here are our favorites from back then. The great ones are still around!
10) Little Green Army Men
Dating back to the the 1930s, the ubiquitous toy has earned a place in nearly every toy bucket. And, the bottom of everyone’s feet, as anyone who has trod upon the gun-end of one of these little soldiers can attest to. They gained popularity in the 1950s and by the 1960s were in nearly every home with a male child. I would have a hard imagining childhood without these thrifty toys.
9) Chatty Cathy
She was a new kind of doll and she became an instant hit! Her pleas for you to carry her or to change her dress were irresistible and she inspired a whole line of Chatty dolls. The fact that we still call someone who loves to talk a “chatty Cathy” proves that no one has forgotten her!
The hours spent playing with this toy! You could make anything you wanted in an array of colors that shone like stained glass. This was a great one for playing in the dark with. The main downside for this one was when your brother would lose half the pegs in the shag carpet or down the heating vent! Still, it was a small price to pay for such a cool toy. And, they still make these today!
A favorite to this day for its appeal to both boys and girls, this staple of toy stores everywhere launched in 1960 and we’ve never looked back. The skill required to make anything resembling an image took a lot of concentration, which made it a favorite of parents, too, for long car rides!
6) Hot Wheels
A late-1960s creation, this innovative toy had wheels that moved and an optional track system. Man, those tracks were dangerous weapons when used the wrong way! Now owned by the same company, at the time Hot Wheels were big competition for MATCHBOX cars. The bright colors and huge variety of models meant that you could have nearly any kind of car and for a pretty small price.
5) Rock’em Sock’em Robots
A frantic power play ensued each time you got into the ring with these two, each kid in a mad dash to get the other guy’s head to pop up. A novel toy that used joysticks well before home video games were available, this leader in the toy industry was a big hit. Get it?
4) Wham-o Superball
The toy that no one could stop playing with, this crazy fun bouncy ball sparked millions of copies to be made. Superball and its knock-offs became the toy that could fit in a gumball machine, making it another one we simply could not imagine growing up without despite the fact that they often got away from you!
This one raised quite a few eyebrows back when it first came out! The game was dubbed “sexy” for the contortionist-like postures one had to get into to play it. But, it caught on despite the backlash because there simply isn’t anything like it, even today. As if they had bottled some magic formula that was part Hokey Pokey and part Bingo, this physical game is still a pleaser at parties (if you can get your body to cooperate, that is).
This one is a classic like no other! Offering little girls a chance to practice their stirring and a glimpse of what baking could be like, the toy often yielded a half-baked sweet glop rather than a perfectly-formed creation. But, it was still a lot of fun. The modern versions look quite different, but they are a best-seller even today!
Our favorite by far, this was one nearly everyone could afford. The Original Slinky and Slinky Dog were another part of childhood that we will never forget. If you didn’t have stairs, Slinky was less fun and sometimes it got really tangled. No matter though, this is still a top seller and the jingle always makes us smile.
There are so many of our favorite toys that were introduced or became popular in the 1960s! We could go on until this list was a mile long. Back then we had really fun toys that were designed well, which is probably why so many of them are still around today!