15 Must Have Classic Toys

Happy Holidays! It’s time to start shopping if you haven’t already and start crossing those gifts off your list. I had a great time looking at toys for the kids and got sidetracked at all the classic toys that have come back. It was a walk down memory lane, to say the least! So as fun as these toys were when I was a kid, they still are and make great gifts. Here are 15 must-have toys that will bring back your childhood and hopefully knock a few names off your list.

15 Must have classic toys that will bring back your childhood

Candy Land 65th Anniversary Game

A number one classic in my book and an introduction to my lifelong love of games! This game was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame! Sure there have been character themed games introduced like Dora the Explorer Candy Land, but there’s nothing to bring back memories like the classic version and a great way to teach kids their colors.

candy land board game


Chutes and Ladders Game

Another classic game: Chutes and Ladders challenges you to scramble to the top of the gameboard without slip-sliding down! Land on good deeds to climb ladders, do something bad, watch out for the slide! The first player to reach the 100 square wins.

chutes and ladders

LINCOLN LOGS – 100th Anniversary Tin

100 years old? These were classic when I was a kid and still are for good reason. What child doesn’t love to build things and then knock them down? This will keep your child busy for hours! Includes 111 pieces made of real, high-quality maple wood. Each has indentations that can be used to connect it with others. Additional pieces are included for the roof, roof facade, walls, chimney, porch, fences, bonfire, and bonfire seats. 

Lincoln logs


Tinkertoy Deluxe Building Kit

Another equally famous classic that allows your child’s imagination to run wild. 100 parts in vibrant colors including rods, spools, and end caps made of high-quality wood. Jump-start your kid’s ability to build at an early age and let your child create basic and abstract models out of the wood pieces. 

tinker toys


LEGO Classic Creative Builder Box

My son loved Legos and had way too many sets! I even had to build a Lego table for his room. Or you could make this Lego table from old 80’s table if you happen to have one. Let them bring out the builder within! The classic builder box features 500 classic LEGO bricks, including a wide selection of doors and windows plus shapes and special elements for creating all kinds of buildings. If your kids are Lego crazy, you can store them in these cute canvas bins that I made or steal some and make a cute Lego themed lamp for their room.

lego classic


Etch A Sketch

THIS is the original screen time!! No batteries. The classic Etch a Sketch is powered by skill and imagination. Portable 6.25′ x 4.5′ screen.


etch a sketch


Spirograph Deluxe Design Set

Inspired by the design of the original 1965 Spirograph, it came back into production in 2012! Spirograph’s distinctive interlocking gears and wheels can help anyone can draw elegant, spiraling designs. 45-piece deluxe set includes 19 wheels, 2 rings, 1 rack, spiro-putty, 3 pens, a 14-page guidebook, design paper and carry-along storage case.



Fashion Plates Deluxe Kit

The classic set has updated with all new fashions (thank goodness)! Your fashion-loving child will enjoy making endless combinations! 30+ piece set with a fashionable carry-along case.

fashion plates

Fisher Price Classic Chatter Phone

Hide those cell phones and introduce the Chatter Telephone!  Preschoolers love to pretend to chat on the phone like mama. This classic roll-along pull-toy has eyes that roll up and down, a mouth that chatters, and a dial that rings.

fisher price chatter phone


Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack and Baby’s 1st Blocks Bundle

This should be every new baby’s first toy.  My kids loved stacking the rings and it would keep them occupied for hours whether they were trying to stack or eventually trying to shove the ring in their mouths. Baby’s First Blocks offers stacking, sorting and matching to help baby develop problem-solving skills, finger & hand dexterity, and helps strengthen eye-hand coordination. You might have a builder on your hands!


fisher price blocks rock a long stacker


Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone

Who has more fun with this toy? The toddlers or the parents showing them how to use it and singing a nursery rhyme! There is a new look to this classic but the result is the same! Baby uses the mallet to tap on the 8 colorful keys and it’s attached so it never gets lost! Tapping the keys helps develop fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

fisher price xylophone

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Corn Popper

Popping with colorful balls to entertain and encourage walking although beware it CAN be annoying after awhile. 🙂  But kids LOVE THIS TOY! 

fisher price corn popper

Fisher-Price Medical Kit

Kids love imaginary play and this medical kit! 7 play pieces include stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, otoscope, syringe, bandage & fabric “doctor” bag to store the pieces. Press the button on the thermometer to go from “sick†to “wellâ€, press the syringe to give shots, and check your patient’s blood pressure to make the gauge spin.


fisher price medical kit


Play-Doh 10-Pack of Colors

Play-doh entertained my kids at the kitchen table while I cooked. Comes in ten different colors, 2-ounce cans. 


play doh

Mr. Potato Head 

This popular and classic spud comes with all of the accessories he sported in the Toy Story movie — and even features a Tater Tush storage compartment! Potato body comes with a pair of glasses, one derby hat, two ears, one pair of shoes, one set of teeth, two noses, one set of eyebrows, one tongue, one mustache, two arms and two pairs of eyes. 

Mr Potato Head

Did you have a walk down memory lane?  What toy was your favorite or did you always want but never got?

Do you now need some easy DIY ideas to store all those toys?  Visit 5 Ways to Organize Kid’s Toys or how to make a Wooden Shipping Crate Toy Box (which would also make a nice Christmas gift).  Pin Wooden Shipping Crate Toy Box for later.

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Happy Holidays!

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