How many of you out there ever had toys that you would never, in a million years, allow your own children to play with?
My Bro and I were talking at the traditional holiday eve dinner about a "toy" my dad made for me when we were little. Do you remember the potholders you could make with loops that appeared to be socks or nylons cut into rings? Usually there was a loom that went with the whole thing, made of metal. It looked just like this, actually:
Well, my bro and I had one once upon a time, but we broke it or bent it or something. My Dad, bless his heart, built us a replacement using a scrap piece of board and a bunch of nails. You would think that he would have used a headless finishing nail, but no. My dad just pounded 6 penny nails all the way through the board, leaving the VERY SHARP nail points sticking out for us to attach our loops. You would not believe how many times we cut ourselves on that darn thing!
I loved it, truly. It was something I could do that was useful. I could make my Mom potholders that she actually used. I was so proud. I would spend hours figuring out which colors would be best. I worried if it wasn't perfect.
The funny thing is, we are all worried about some lead in our kids' toys, and if you think about it kids have been sucking on lead paint for years.
Of course, I am not saying lead paint is GOOD for kids, I am just saying that I think it is a little strange how the things we would never think of doing to our kids now were pretty normal just a few years ago.
Anyone have any stories of "deadly toys" they had as kids? I think it would be fun to share. I remember being entertained for hours just pounding rocks together to make dust (I thought I was being "caveman-ish" and making things). I also remember many, many pots full of "mud soup".
So, do you have a story to share? Please?