Toys that Cross Over Generations

Parents magazine ran a blurb on the birthdays of popular kids’ toys. For example, Dora the Explorer is 10 years old, the Rubik’s Cube is 30, Etch A Sketch is 50, Thomas the Tank Engine is 65 (!), Curious George is 70, Monopoly is 75, and Tinkertoys is 95(!!).

I put exclamation points by the toys my kids played that I had no idea were that old.

All this talk about toys that have crossed over generations, and movies such as the Karate Kid and Toy Story 3, made me think of all the games I have passed onto my children just because I loved them as a kid.

For me, those games or toys include Barbie, who is only 51-years-old, by the way, the board game Sorry (76-years-old), and of course, Monopoly — which, by the way, has all these new game pieces like a battleship, canon and purse. Actually, I looked up when these pieces were introduced, and as it turns out, they are older pieces from World War II — I just didn’t have them in my game in the 1980s. Here is an interesting piece on the Monopoly pieces in The Straight Dope.

Other favorites are Hungry, Hungry Hippos (32-years-old), UNO (39), and Go Fish, for which its origins I could not find online.

What are some of your favorite childhood toys or games that you have passed onto your children?


Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

A study now confirms that kissing “owies” does indeed yield health benefits to children, according to LiveScience.

A teacher in Georgia is being investigated for a classroom project on racism, in which some of the students dressed up in Ku Klux Klan garb, according to the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Katy Farber at Non-Toxic Kids published a timely interview on the potential health effects suffered by communities living near the oil spill.

Disney Pixar is releasing iPhone, iTouch and iPad applications for Toy Story 3 on June 15. The applications, which are geared towards children between the ages of 6 and 12, are priced between a dollar and $5 each. Pixar also plans to release Toy Story 3 games for all the major video game consoles like the Sony PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox.

I did get to play with the mobile games at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, and what a treat. I wish I had brought Ari and his friends as I know they would have eaten them all up. (I was under the impression it was strictly a press event, but there was one lucky girl there.)

There was a game, similar to a driving game at the arcade, in which you steer Woody on his horse. I played it on an iPhone, and think it is the perfect game to download for our 6-hour plane ride to New Hampshire this summer.

Toy Story 3, by the way, comes out on June 18. It will be in 3D. We love Pixar so we will probably go see it, even though we would have preferred something original rather than a sequel. Have you seen any good kid movies lately?

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?