Remember that little round toy from the seventies where you pressed on the back with your finger to squish stuff around and it changed colors? They were called Space Fidgits, and you can find out more about 'em here.
'Just add water and you've got instant life!' they said. 'Over 150 amazing Sea-Monkeys born ALIVE before YOUR eyes!' But, oh, the disappointment when the critters didn't look anything like the pictures on the package.
Take a look back at the latest and greatest toys from 1986 in this vintage Toys R Us catalog they called the '80s Out of this World Toy Book.
Why so much excitement? Because the teacher brings a basket brimming with weepuls -- doughnut-hole-sized bits of brightly colored fur with shaky eyes and sticky feet.
Unbelievably enchanting and ever-changing, the Wham-O Magic Window toy creates countless designs, landscapes, seascapes, birds and butterflies as the crystals fly, slide and erupt into one pattern after another.
The Flintstones was a half-hour animated sitcom that ran for six seasons, from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966. See the opening credits, hear the Flintstones theme song and get the theme lyrics here!
A Trapper Keeper was a super-popular binder/portfolio that came in a wide range of colors and designs -- and almost every schoolkid in the '80s seemed to have one. Take a look back at these 10 Trappers and see which ones you remember!
In its original run, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour lasted only 31 episodes, but its funky brand of psychedelia had a lasting impact on a lot of kids born in the sixties. Take a look - and a listen!
Ulcers bothering? Try Silly Putty by Glenn Williams Well, sir, I'm here to tell you that in the past couple of days I've had more fun than the o... Click to read more...
From 1967: With sales up 43 percent in the past five years, the dry cereal business has been one of the fastest-growing segments of the food industry. Children consume about half the cereal eaten in the US.
Parents across the country are asking, 'Who is this Fred Rogers that the children call their friend? What is he really like?' Meet Mister Rogers here!
Musical fantasy is a tour of the body "The Incredible, Indelible, Magical, Physical, Mystery Trip," a highly-acclaimed presentation in the prize-wi... Click to read more...
Hot on the heels of the flower child era, back in 1974, Mattel introduced a set of toys that were sort of the anti-Barbie: The Sunshine Family dolls.
Walt Disney hosted the big party at Grauman's Chinese Theater to introduce everybody to a grand lady, 'Mary Poppins,' a personality and a movie which should be ranked among Hollywood's finest. It certainly is high on Disney’s list of favorites turned out by his studio.
Get a Wonder Horse, and you've made your cowboy's happiest dreams come true... Wonder Horse makes the world’s most popular toy horses. All 17 models promise instant joy on Christmas morning -- and lasting year-round enjoyment!
Here is a look inside one of the books in this '60s series of vintage preschool favorites: Puppet Storybooks with 3D lenticular covers! This one had a simple concept: teaching kids the concept of time, and how to keep track of the hours of the day.
In the tricycle, knee-pants and pigtail league of television fans, the hero of the hour is a loveable, freckle-faced puppet named Howdy Doody. A phenomenon in the business, Howdy has popped up from comparative obscurity to head man of the most popular TV show for children.
To the average American girl, between the ages of, say, 10 and 17, slumber parties are as important as pizza, add-a-beads and Judy Blume.
'80s sleeping bags were super-popular because they were functional often featured favorite cartoon characters, TV shows, and even everyday products. Here, take a trip back a few decades to see some of the most popular slumber bags of the eighties!
Holly Hobbie is the old-fashioned girl dressed in calico with lace-up boots and an enormous sunbonnet who now appears on toys, gift wrap, decoupage kits, wall plaques, figurines, collector plates and more.
These familiar rhymes and fairy tales have delighted generations of children. With their 3-D lenticular covers and full-color puppet-like illustrations, these vintage Puppet Storybooks are more irresistible than ever!
Nouns & the launch of Grammar Rock The parts of speech, which traditionally let others do the talking for them, will become the stars of a series... Click to read more...
The first 'children's liberation' album, 'Free To Be... You And Me' - featuring stars like Marlo Thomas, Mel Brooks, Harry Belafonte, Alan Alda, Diana Ross and Shirley Jones - was catchy, upbeat, and like nothing else, and by 1976, had sold half a million copies.
Any little girl who gets this playhouse will see the magical land of make-believe come true right in her own backyard. It's a real house, with a Dutch front door and hearts and flowers dormers and a white picket fence.
In three-minute animated segments squeezed in among ABC's Saturday morning cartoon shows, Schoolhouse Rock appeared on TV from 1973 through 1985. Here's a Grammar Rock classic, Verb: That's What's Happenin'!
A new source of biking entertainment is becoming increasingly popular, especially for the youngsters. BMX (bike moto-cross) features a sturdy bike that has been reinforced to withstand a series of bumps, dumps and controlled turns.
What were the hottest toys in 1987? See them in this vintage Toys R Us toy & game catalog insert! The slogan that year: 'You'll never outgrow us.'
Check out some of the hottest video game cartridges from the early eighties: Frogger, Q*bert, Amidar, Reactor & Tutankhamun, from Parker Brothers.
Today's toddlers ride in style in the sleek and racy, brightly-colored, low-slung plastic numbers like the Big Wheel from Marx - that whiz, spin, skid, slide, race and even roar.
Barbie, Color Magic Barbie & Tutti If you’ve ever watched Barbie help a little girl grow up, you know why she’s our most famous doll. With Bar... Click to read more...
Show us the face of Max the Master Robot. And you may win your own talking robot Team up with a friend to defeat Max and his robot raiders in Banner... Click to read more...
Valentine cards in the seventies -- at least those geared toward girls -- were anything but subtle. Hot pink, pale pink and red were big, as were the doll-like little girls' eyes and heads.
No other kitchen comes with as much fun stuff as the Fisher-Price All-In-One Kitchen Center!
Imagine, up above the clouds enjoying a cheeseburger from McDonald's for lunch or dinner. McDonaldland cookies for dessert. There's even a McDonald's sausage biscuit for breakfast.
Stickers are the latest craze for pre-high pre-high pre-high school kids, and they've taken both east and west coast by storm. The offspring of the lowly label, pressure-sensitive stickers have become the baseball cards of the 80s.
Here's an old-fashioned favorite perfect for a child's birthday party: ice cream cone cupcakes! We have the vintage recipe right here.