Some toys reach “classic” status for a reason. Usually it’s because they’re so timeless that generations across all ages are able to enjoy and play with them. If you’re still shopping for young grandchildren, why not pick a classic you may have once enjoyed with your children? Here are 10 toys that have stood the test of time.
Little artists can create all kinds of beautiful designs with this mesmerizing toy. It’s easy to use for children of pretty much any age and is sure to provide hours of entertainment.
Cabbage Patch Kids have vinyl heads but soft bodies, making them perfect for young children. The dolls have been around since the 1970s, and since then have appeared in TV shows and board games. Nowadays, they come in a wide range of hair colors, eye colors, features, and, of course, prices (from $10 to $225 for hand-stitched originals).
Know a kid who loves a good puzzle? Try gifting a Rubik’s Cube! With millions of possible combinations, this is sure to keep your little brainiac occupied for a while.
The Etch A Sketch provides hours of entertainment with just a blank screen and two knobs. It’s an infinite—if impermanent—sketchbook for your little artist, and designs can be as basic or intricate as they desire. It’s also easy to take anywhere!
Did you know that Lincoln Logs were created by John Lloyd Wright, son of celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright? These toys are made of real wood and can be built into endless combinations and designs. Plus, the interlocking design makes sturdier structures than plain blocks, but also allows little hands to dismantle their buildings with ease.
Want to make even stairs fun and exciting? Try a Slinky!
No board game collection is complete without Candy Land, which helps kids learn colors and counting as they race to save King Kandy from Lord Licorice. Hasbro now produces several versions of the game, including travel and digital editions, but for a classic game night, the board version can’t be beat.
These trucks are fun on their own but are elevated to a new place in the classics canon when paired with a sandbox or more indoor-friendly blocks.
Plastic toy kitchens get a serious upgrade with the Easy Bake Oven. This toy, aside from being a personal favorite during my own childhood, makes simple baked goods easily accessible and attainable for kids. The Easy Bake Oven has been fostering a love of baking since 1963, though recent models have a much sleeker design.
Another great gift for creative kids—Lite Brite! Colorful pegs turn into magical, illuminated images when you turn this toy on. Lite Brite has also gotten some modern improvements with LED lights and battery power.