11 Piece Childhood Memories Pack

A fabulous collection of 11 retro items to provoke memories and stimulate fantastic conversations about childhood memories.

Each pack includes:

Retro Beetle Game
This retro beetle game is an old favourite that has been faithfully reproduced even down to the ’50’s plastic. Play the game by throwing the dice and selecting a piece of the beetle. The winner assembles their beetle first.

Retro Paper Doll

The graphics and style make this paper doll dressing up set great fun. Without a doubt the fashion and look from the 1950s are just wonderful and great fun to revisit. Hours of fun and pleasure can be gained from this simple dressing set. Simply cut around the outline of the clothes and dolls choose your outfit and fit on your doll- fold the tabs to keep it place. Scissors not included.

Picture Block Puzzle

This picture block puzzle has 9 x 38mm wooden blocks, with sections of perfectly applied paper images on each block making up 6 individual puzzles. The images are taken from a set of 1930's nesting blocks and have been reproduced to create these nesting blocks. 

Retro ‘Minimakit’ Wooden Construction Block Set

This 54 piece construction toy includes colour coded, wooden rods with connecting discs enabling many different models that swing roll or move. The press-kit rods easily connect to the discs and no tools are required. This set is based on an old European construction toy. Some plans with colour coding are included in the box. The two models shown - windmill and caterpillar are made using all but three of the pieces. 

Mecaniwood 48 Pieces

Wooden elements to combine and assemble according to your inspiration. With the 4 wheels you can make lots of different vehicles. With this traditional game you can develop dexterity and reignite your imagination. 

Snap Card Game

This old favourite from the 1800's is beautifully illustrated with 12 different characters.

Kewpie Doll 20cm

Kewpie dolls, first manufactured in 1912, were modelled after comic strip characters drawn by Rose O'Neil starting in 1909. The cartoon characters were baby "Cupid" figures, and the word "Kewpie" is a variation of "Cupid." It's one of the earliest and most successful examples of mass toy marketing.

Magic Spring

Mechanical engineer Richard James invented the Slinky by accident. In 1943, he was working to devise springs that could keep sensitive ship equipment steady at sea. After accidentally knocking some samples off a shelf, he watched in amazement as they gracefully “walked” down instead of falling.

Wooden Spinning Top

Spinning tops are among the oldest toys ever discovered by archaeologists. A clay top unearthed in Iraq was dated to 35th century BC—nearly six thousand years ago. The wooden top below was carved circa 1300BC and later discovered in the tomb of King Tut! In 8th century BC, the ancient poet Homer sung of tops in the Iliad.19cm

Hummingtop - Playtime Carousel

A variation of the spinning top is this 19cm hummingtop. Enjoy the retro pictures on the side as you remember your past.


Do you know your Tombolas from your mashers? Focus on a different toy each time!

Types of questions to provoke conversations might include: Did you have a toy like this? Who gave it to you and why? Do you remember how much these might have cost and where you could buy them from? What other toys did you have? Other ideas for using the pack - study and learn about the history of each toy - use with visiting school or childcare groups - watch youtube videos of the toys in action - have a look through the online toy hall of fame and see what you can find