Monday, January 7, 2008

Fisher Price 1977

My mother is constantly telling me not to spend too much money buying toys for Aaron. And I don't because I've found that even the most well thought out purchases don't hold his attention any longer than some common household object (like a remote control). I understand that its all about exploration and new things at this age but sometimes a mother is just carried away by toys that she thinks she would have liked to play with as a child.

Many of Aaron's toys today are actually mine from 30 years ago. Things like Lego and Jigsaws are still in good condition. My mother kept a lot of these in a 'treasure chest' here in Ipoh and today I went through it to find more for Aaron since I didn't bring any back for him.

Here is a Fisher Price School from 1977.


According to my mother, it was very expensive at the time but she still bought it thinking that it would be something that I would become enamored with and spend countless hours make believing. She realizes now that it was more her own desire to play with it that prompted the purchase. Hence the words of advice on not spending too much on Aaron.

What my mother didn't count on was that 30 yrs AFTER she bought that little school, her grandson would be spending some time with it. And this afternoon alone, she thinks that he has already spent more time with it that I ever did. He did seem to really have fun putting the little people in and out of the chairs and swing sets.

8 comments:

number said...

Who cut Aaron's hair?

Bilbo said...

Amanda, our daughter found this great website for buying safe, well-made, non-poisonously-painted children's toys: http://www.oompa.com/. We bought several sets of blocks and such for Leya for Christmas and were very satisfied. I think they'll last forever. Not sure how delivery would work to Ipoh or Palembang or Brisbane or wherever you're hanging your hat this week, but the site is worth checking out. By the way, Agnes loves Legos...she tried to talk me into letting her buy me some Lego sets for Christmas (but I saw who would have played with them...).

Nap Warden said...

OMG, I totally had that toy! You can find a lot of the old Fisher Price stuff on ebay, quite cheap. I got the house and the barn, I am now looking for the schoolhouse. I can't believe I totally forgot about that toy!

MamaGeek said...

Isn't it amazing how those toys stand up against time? All my old FP toys are still in playable condition!

Oh and I also have a little blog bling awaiting you over at my place.

Kellan said...

Very cool and it is still in such good shape - WOW! They just don't make toys like they used to. Cute pictures. See ya. Kellan

Billy's Mom said...

That's a really nice toy. I am going to look for one too. :-)
BTW, I am tagging you, please check my blog. :-) Thank you!

dawn224 said...

I love the FP school - I never had one, but I always played with it in the church nursery :)

egan said...

Oh man, I had that same schoolhouse as a kid and it was a hand-me-down from my siblings. What great memories. Doesn't it have a bell that you can ring on top of it?