In a world of Nintendo, Xbox, and Playstation, is there room in a child's life for simpler toys? From a simpler time? That doesn’t require Wi-Fi or a plug-in device? It’s summer, and hoping to curtail the monstrous visage of “screen time” I took the initiative and introduced my children to five of my favorite toys growing up: A Duncan Butterfly Yo-Yo, a Magic 8 Ball, the Simon light and sound game, Lite-Brite and an Optimus Prime "Transformers" action figure.
We packed them up, traveled to my in-laws house in New Hampshire for a long weekend and let the kids play with reckless screen-free abandon. Hopefully, they could find a future favorite retro toy of their own.