Childhood toys we grew up with

Chances are, you’re procrastinating something at work by secretly reading this article on your smartphone in the toilet. As much as having a job pays the bills, we’re not shy to admit that sitting at a desk all day can feel a little mundane.

This is so unlike our childhoods, which were filled with constant wonder that came from our toys. And if we could turn back time somehow to return to playing with LEGO and Hot Wheels – trust us, we would. Since that’s impossible, come on a nostalgic trip with us as we rank our childhood toys from most fun to least:

1. LEGO bricks

Most of us probably grew up with random LEGO bricks from a bucket, but it didn’t matter what pieces we had. Our imagination was practically the only limit when it came to building with LEGO as a kid. You could snap two pieces together and call it a skyscraper, or even a car.

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Now that we’re older, the thrill of snapping pieces together is still as satisfying. Plus, we have the dexterity now to build the more complex sets. We’d be the first ones to admit it’s just as exciting walking into a LEGO store now as it was when we were kids.

Fun factor: 10/10

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2. Gameboy

Before being able to download games onto your smartphone, this was where you’d go to play Tetris, Pacman and Super Mario without having to head down to an arcade. The pocket-sized Gameboy meant being able to play games on the go, like on long MRT rides.

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@8bitaesthetics via Instagram

Sure, we can download similar games onto our phones to play them right now, but we do miss the cheery blip the Gameboy made when it was switched on. We can live without having to blow on the cartridge to fix glitchy games though.

Fun factor: 9/10

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3. Tamagotchi

When Tamagotchis were first launched in the late ’90s, you would hear the incessant beeping of these digital pets wherever you went. Their cries demanded attention for food and to be cleaned up, lest you end up with a dead pet.

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@menagerie.v via Instagram

This was probably our first brush with raising a “living” thing, which probably paved the way for more pet owning responsibilities in the future.

Fun factor: 8/10

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4. Play-Doh

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It might be surprising to find Play-Doh this high up on the list but hear me out. As a kid, the fun stopped once the colours muddled together after smushing it into one giant ball. But now that I’m older, I’d say squishing Play-Doh in your hands is just as satisfying as squeezing a stress ball.

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And who can forget the nostalgic scent whenever you rip off the plastic of a new container? Now that you’ve all grown up, you can even get Play-Doh in “grown up” scents, like Mom Jeans and Buttered Popcorn.

Fun factor: 7/10

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5. Hot Wheels

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@diecastcollector23 via Instagram

Every kid I knew growing up had at least 1 or 2 Hot Wheels cars in their stash of toys. You didn’t need those orange tracks to play with them – just your hands and engine noises coming out of your mouth to make these little speedsters zoom about.

If you’re an adult who’s still into Hot Wheels, you’re probably less into the zoomies and more into collecting them. These days, buyers of vintage Hot Wheels miniatures of real life car models will pay upwards of a few hundred dollars for rare pieces.

Fun factor: 6.5/10

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6. Play kitchen sets

You didn’t have to be a masterchef when you played masak masak on your play kitchen sets as a kid. Whatever you threw into your pots – plastic carrots, water, and pinches of air – always turned out Michelin-star worthy.

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@miltonandgoose via Instagram

The only downside was that you could never actually taste your creations. As an adult, masak masak now means actually prepping for meals in the kitchen. At least there’s actual food to look forward to after. Yum.

Fun factor: 6/10

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7. Barbie

She was the original #girlboss before women like Sophia Amoruso came into the picture. Barbie had an enviable list of careers like veterinarian, air force pilot and even astronaut, with a matching closet and vacation home to boot.

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In 2022, Barbie actually went to space on board the International Space Station.
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She may have received criticism for her unrealistic proportions, but as a girl growing up, she showed me that I could be anything I wanted to be. Not to mention, many of our childhood playtimes would have been incomplete without Barbie dollhouses and binging Barbie movies.

Fun factor: 5.5/10

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8. Monopoly

There was a lot of fighting involved whenever Monopoly was brought out in our childhoods. My cousins and I would fight whenever someone refused to pay up when they landed on our property. Then we’d fight again over who got to buy property on Park Avenue – or Sentosa Cove in the Singapore edition.

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@banbi4649 via Instagram

Now that we’re older, we’re much more civilised when playing Monopoly. It’s also the closest we’ll get to owning multiple homes and properties IRL. There’s no need to figure out how to apply for a BTO here, just roll dice and pay up to own a few houses and even hotels in this iconic board game.

Fun factor: 5/10

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Earn $10 weekly from ShareParty to buy these toys

These childhood toys might have sent you on a trip down memory lane, but you don’t have to live the nostalgia vicariously through our article. You can still get your hands on these toys on your preferred shopping platform like Qoo10, Shopee, Lazada and Amazon.

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This post was brought to you by ShareParty.
Photography by Loo Jie Ling.
Cover image adapted from @8bitaesthetics via Instagram, @menagerie.v via Instagram, eBay
Originally published on 3rd June 2022. Last updated by Kezia Tan on 20th July 2023.

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