A lot of manufacturers are bringing back or updating the vintage toys from our childhoods. Here are a couple of favorite ones that are still available for our kids.
Simon is out in stores. It originally came out in 1978. It's basically an electronic version of "Simon Says" that tests a player's memory. Four colored buttons would light up in random order, and the player had to hit the buttons in the order that they lit up. The toy was one of the most successful electronic games and has even made appearances in TV shows and even movies.
The Easy Bake Oven is also still in stores. It originally came out in 1963, and it's sold over 30 million toy ovens over the last 50 years. The oven comes with packets of cake mix and small round pans. Packets get pushed through the slots and heated. This is a very popular gift for children who want to get started early on learning how to cook.
Operation, the popular game where players have to pull bones out of "Cavity Sam" without touching the sides of the surgery site, is a favorite. This game came out in 1965. If you tap the sides, his nose will light up and he'll make a shouting sound. Some of his body parts include: "broken heart", "funny bone", and "spare ribs"
Lite Brite is also a favorite. It's a box with a light inside, and you stick colorful pegs into a black grid. Your designs light up and into the color of the pegs. Manufacturers later made color-coded templates so you can make your design in the shape of cartoon characters. They are now developing an electronic iPad app.
Cabbage Patch Kids was very popular in the 80s. Each doll came with its own birth certificate. They're one of the longest-running doll franchises in America. In 2008, manufacturers even took on the presidential election and made Obama, Biden, McCain and Palin dolls.