The Little People garage at left — my kids had one like that, and they had the house, and my nephews had similar models decades ago. My kids loved Little People — my daughter flushed a bunch of them down the toilet. They were going for a swim, I guess.
Robots of all kinds remind me of the old Marx Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots that my brother had. Robots of some type are perennial favorites on top toy lists every year. Add in magnets, singalong mikes, blocks and a lot of toys we baby boomers recognize. Some never go out of style. And neither do Mickey or Minnie Mouse.
One of the most interesting things I found recently was news from the International Toy Fair that says LEGO figures will outnumber humans by 2019. This is one of those stats that is both understandable and, well, a little scary. Here’s the link to the story that says a Virginia grad student traced the first Legos to 1978 and anticipates that Lego people will top 8 billion in 2019.
If you have a budding scientist in your family — and you were fascinated in science classes with a microscope like I was — you’ll love this Madame Curie toy microscope. It includes everyday experiments that take a look at onion skin, salt and sugar crystals. It retails for under $40.
The microscope is a little too advanced for Mia, but we already got her Legos — Jake the Pirate from the Disney channel Legos. We often have more fun with this stuff than the kids do.