My VINE Clip of the Vintage Fisher-Price Medieval Castle!
There have always been Fisher-Price toys in our household, from as long as I can remember. As a child in the early 1970s, I remember being a toddler playing with the Fisher-Price "popcorn popper" (it's a circular dome on a long handle, filled with small colorful balls that "pop" when you push or pull the toy). They still make it to this day. I also fondly remember playing with the Fisher-Price schoolbus with wooden "Little People", that I would pull around on a string. The people would go up and down as the bus wheels turned. Fisher-Price still makes a similar toy today.
My older brother fondly remembers hours and hours of play with the Fisher-Price parking garage and Fisher-Price medieval castle. Would you guess? They still make this toy today! Check out my 6-second VINE video, above, of our vintage Fisher-Price medieval castle!
And fitting this pattern, I remember playing with the Fisher-Price farmhouse. Not only do they still make it today, but I even bought one for my baby daughter. Here's a photo of her playing with it, below. Although the current model is called the Fisher-Price Little People Animal Sounds Farm, it is the very same concept as the farm that I played with in the 1970s--and the one my daughter played with in 2006! I just found a photo of my oldest two kids playing with an entire Fisher-Price "village" in 2008, below. And also see below, a photo of my 4th child playing with a Fisher-Price farmhouse in 2009!
|My Daughter Happy & Engaged With Her Fisher-Price Farmhouse, 2006|
|My Oldest Two Kids Enjoying a Fisher-Price "Village", 2008|
|My 4th Child Enjoying a Fisher-Price "City", 2009|
|Fisher-Price Little People Animal Sounds Farm, Circa 2013|
Why does this toy endure, as well as countless other Fisher-Price toys? Fisher-Price toys endure because they offer universal appeal to infants, babies and toddlers wherever their products are sold. Some of this universal appeal includes friendly animals and people that fit into a child's hand; playsets scaled in proportion to a child; bright, happy colours to draw a child in; play that provides fun and learning in one--and that helps children reach developmental milestones, and toys that always provide a surprise. A surprise can be a delightful sound, a happy sight peek-a-booed, or something soft to the touch.
|Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Circa 2013|
On a similar note, when my first child was born in 2005, I wanted him to have a beautiful mobile for his beautiful nursery. I looked everywhere for the perfect one--and found the Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium. I loved the colorful, plush fish with friendly faces that would float above my baby boy. I liked the "fishbowl" that was squishy to the touch. And I loved that in the dark, the mobile had lights that would be projected onto the nursery ceiling. It looked like fish were swimming overhead. There was only one problem: my son would cry whenever the mobile shut off. However, the mobile had a remote control so I could turn it on without entering the nursery and disturbing my son. Stealth operation successful!
|My Son's Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Mobile!|
Fisher-Price has compiled a list of 12 "Fisher-Price Favourites", which have been on many parents' must-have lists. Here is the list, below:
1. Ocean Wonders Aquarium
2. My Little Snugabunny Cradle N Swing
3. Infant to Toddler Rocker
4. SpaceSaver High Chair
5. Discover’n Grow Jumperoo
6. Brilliant Basics Rock a Stack
7. Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy
8. Laugh & Learn Say Please Tea Set
9. Laugh & Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote
10. Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker
11. Little People Wheelies Stand ‘ n Play Rampway
12. Little People Animal Sounds Farm
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What is your Fisher-Price "Favourite"? Do you have any modern or vintage Fisher-Price stories to share?
“Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”