I’m a Big Kid Now: 10 Toys Every Woman Should Have Had as a Girl

February 15, 2012 ‐ By

As a kid, everyone had their favorite toys: whether it be a doll, a cool tea party set, a teddy bear–you name it, we claimed it, and when we got old enough to act like we didn’t care for toys anymore, we were still sad when mom decided to give our favorite toy to someone who needed it more. Yeah, childhood was great and simple, and our toys made it that much better. After seeing that there is a toy fair going on in NYC currently, it inspired me to create this ode to the dopest toys from our childhood. Time to walk down memory lane ladies!

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Easy-Bake Oven

Born and bred in the 1960s, the Easy-Bake Oven was most young girls’ first real foray into cooking. While the boxed oven of goodness came with cake mix, if you were like me, once those sweet concoctions ran out, you were working with anything you had in the house. I can’t tell you how many Frosted Flakes and grape jelly cakes I was cooking for folks in my house (they weren’t too excited to eat them though…). Definitely a defining toy in many homes for the little gals and the hungry big brothers.

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  • Ifuaskme2

    A rope long enough for double dutch and a beach. And I came from Upper Middle Class. What is this rubbish. Barbie???? Oven??? Thank GOD my parents encouraged non sexist activities

  • Julianne2saw

    I never had a baby doll i played with.  Was a tom boy and rowdy girl but graduated from High school at 15 in long island city  ny.    Never wanted kids at all until the last sec at age 28 then because my older sister oppted out  (she is very ,  very high strung so that was a good choice actually)  but i wanted to be the fun aunt who traveled and modelled string bikinis and spoiled a bunch of neices and nephews and then left  (I may possibly be mature enough to own a dog,  not really sure about that).   But,  noooooooo,    I did have two very wonderful sons tho and did my best but pie baker i am not.   And I am so glad they are all grown up!!!!   and they didnt turn out to be charlie sheens either .

  • Julianne2saw

    I am a tom boy and all i ever wanted was a horse and bow and arrow.  Didnt get all that until much later but did have a revlon DOLL that we put on top of the tv set and looked at now and then.   Still not much into cooking or cleaning myself,   and my mommy told me that (she was an immigrant and a mail),  that if i did well in school i could have a maid instead of being one,   times have changed tho, havent they.???

    • Julianne2saw

      Mom was a maid,  housekeeper and great cook and ran the senior center kitchen when old,  she was not a mail  but a maid.  

  • Freebee33

    I had a Cabbage Patch kid doll that looked just like the one pictured (red head)…yea it knocked out my semi-loose front tooth when I was 5 with it’s hard a** head lol.

  • tastythoughts

    the only thing i didnt have was the speak and spell…but man this WHOLE list brought memories….my lil sis and i used to kill that easy bake oven lol

  • tastythoughts

    OMG a giga pet…i LOVED that thing

  • LaLaLaMeansILoveYou

    Where the heck is My Lil’ Pony, Rainbow Brite, & Strawberry Shortcake? And the doll with just the shoulders and head so you could do her hair (color, cut, braid…and totally ruin in the process), and Lite Brite? Candyland? lol

  • Candijay041686

    I was really blessed because I’ve had every toy on this list wow and even more I even had a baby alive and a nano baby and the talking nano lol awww I can’t wait to spoil my future kids like my parents did me and my sister

  • Sue

    Tamagotchi was my ish!!! I had that version and my best friend had the real deal…The Giga Pet. We used to take care of each others pets and I was just in LOVE with those things!!!!!!

  • Seriously though. We need a Tamagotchi, and Giga Pet app on the Android Market ASAP!

  • Janice

    Wow this is so generation specific. These are toys I got for my older daughters. My list of toys includes: jacks, chains and bobby pins for hopscotch, roller skates with the key, Schwinn bikes, ceramic tea sets, Chatty Cathy and Betsy Wetsy dolls, E tickets for Disneyland, portable record players with a 45 disc, transiter radios, Nancy Drew Books.  Of course these are the days I got my Negro History lessons from the calendars given away by the barber and beauty salons in the neighborhood and we read Jet magazine to be sure we didn’t miss any Negro performers on TV.

  • Gina

    So I am doing a project in my social cultural class about the youth gender and toys. I am so glad I read this article because this has a lot to do with what we are talking about in class. The STEM initiative is a government program that strive to get children more involved with science, technology, engineering, and math programs. In our society it is very noticeable that the men out-number the women in these field (I know because I am one of the few women in a STEM considered major). As a kid, I grew up with some of those toys but I was more of a legos, bionical and puzzles girl. I still am to this day.   Is it sad in this list that there is not one toy that increases the knowledge of science, technology, engineering or math. This list have toys that teaches girls how to be girl/housewives/mom (so to speak). Any thoughts?

    • Janice

      Thus the need for STEM initiatives especially for girls. It will be interesting to see how this generation raised on video games will fall out

    • Julianne2saw

      I did have a castle lego set and sets of small lincoln logs and built houses and had a farm set  (raised in queens ny)  too.    I was never very interested in being a wife or housewife,  seemed too boring for me and not a good deal,  I did marry and try it and wasnt very good at it but did have two cool sons.   Sissy girls get on my nerves and i think it should be like with wolves,  only the rowdy leader types should have the privelege of having puppies, uh ,  kids.  

      They used to say that bully bosies made bully bulls and it is the same with folks.  My mom was tough but had to basically raise two of her sisters kids a lot because they were wimps.  My dad was a pilot in burma in ww 2 but my mom was tough when it came to the real world but she was the best, best,  best.      In some ways,  i take more after the neighbors mom who was Lola Weixel,  one of the famous Rosie the RIveters back in the day.     That movie ,  the Life and times of Rosie the Riveter should still be shown everywhere often!!!

  • YouToldHarpo2BeatMe

    Pj sparkles and Keyna were the best black dolls ever and Keyna came with just for me pink hair lotion 🙂

  • RedButterfly81

    WOW, the Fisher Price Recorder and the Speak and Spell brought back so many memories!

    I also had:

    Etch A Sketch
    Easy Bake Oven
    Baby Alive
    Kid Sister
    Cabbage Patch Kid
    Teddy Ruxbin
    Care Bear Dolls (still have those)
    Jem dolls
    Rainbow Brite doll
    Domino Rally
    Sorry and Monopoly  
    Sega Genesis
    Tinkerbell cosmetics

    I never was into Barbie and a tea party set and man do I miss the 80s and 90s!

    • tastythoughts

      girl yes

    • Sugar_Spice

      Girl I love my Kid Sister & Jem dolls. Don’t forget about She-Ra, i’m such an 80’s baby

  • vlove

    Awww this list made a big koolaid smile on my face.. I had the best child hood ever.. Some of these items took me back to memory lane..lol