I don't recall there actually being fad toys like today. Of course we never even got a television until 1955, so maybe we just weren't aware of those things. If I saw a toy I liked, my parents might buy it, or might not, depending on whether or not they could afford it, or thought it was a good idea or not.
Children actually used their imagination in those days. For example, I remember gently swatting flies, just hard enough to kill them, yet leaving them intact, and removing their wings, adding in some grass, and weeds, and pretending I had cooked chicken with veggies.
When I was six years old, I was very ill, and spent the greater part of a year in bed. My aunt and uncle sent me a really large "Magic Slate," from Ohio, so I would have something to play with in bed. It was almost as big as I was. It even had a rolling/scrolling sheet of many pictures for me to draw on the magic slate. Even today, I have never seen another magic slate like that one.
My first grade teacher was nice enough to stop and visit me, and always brought me a new Golden Book, at every visit, as she knew how much I loved to read. Yes, I could read at age six. I found it easy to learn, and it opened up a new world of imagination for my mind, stuck in bed, and not expected to live to see age nine.
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When we wanted to play cowboys and indians, we used sticks for horses, and either a toy cap gun, or our hand and fingers as out six-shooter. I always pretended to be Roy Rogers. I loved playing cowboys, I was always Roy Rogers, and my stick horse was Trigger, of course.
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It's really too bad that kids today have way too many toys that actually stifle their imaginations.