I've always found the evolution of children toys as reflections of the adult culture fascinating. In my childhood , a few years after the Great Depression, (I still don't see why it was so “great”) the number one toy for a boy was a cap gun – or even better a BB gun. For girls it was dolls or some miniaturized domestic appliance. Reflecting the time when boys were suppose to be dominate and aggressive and girls passive housewives.
Over the years toys have become more complex with different purposes in child development. Some are directed toward the education or socialization of children, some develop specific skills, many are gender specific, some are just fun and a few are just plain stupid and a bit disturbing. An example of the latter is..

Maybe Pee & Poo are meant to be toilet training devices but it seems to me that a toy that personalizes bodily wastes could be traumatizing to the child when the real thing gets flushed into the abyss (my bet would be that both Pee and Poo will make it down the drain within days).
Having said that, I really, really want a Pee & Poo for my grandsons 17th birthday (he's already toilet trained....mostly)

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Gross.  Who would buy that?
how about "Blood and Gore"
maaaaan i still remember realllllly wanting a BB gun in the earky 50's.  we cudent afford the 7$ (i think) they cost
I desperately wanted (and never got) a light brite.
Too bad I don't have mine anymore.  I'd offer it to you.
I still think they are really cool and I still don't have one. :-(  My children would leave the little pegs everywhere and I'd just end up vaccuming the pieces up or throwing it away.
I think that happened with some of my pegs as well.
There ought to be a law against making toys that it really hurts to step on.
I finally got a lite brite when I was in college.  You'll be happy to know that peg refills are still available.  I had to get some because I wanted to spell out "Fuck You" on my lite brite (in rainbow colors) and put it in my dorm window.  College was fun.
I think they still make the Lite brites.  I wish they made them in giant size, then you could make whatever sign you wanted in your lawn for christmas. :o)  College was almost too much fun. :o)
Man, my parents never got me any of those cool 70s toys.  I was a deprived child.  Of course, according to my dd, she is deprived because I won't hand out $100 for an American Girl doll.


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