13 Retro Outdoor Toys That Have Totally Held Up (Meaning: Kids Still Love ‘Em!)
In my ’80s childhood my friends and I did a lot of toy-less backyard play, like “Ghost in the Graveyard” (a mashup of hide-and-seek and tag, best played in the dark for maximum terror). We also climbed trees unsupervised so that the old lady who lived behind us felt compelled to call my mom and warn her of our impending deaths. Ah, good times.
We did have some classic outdoor toys, and they were so different and simpler than today’s amazing new backyard toys. Seeing all the hype for the Barbie movie (and the amazing new Barbie dreamhouse!) got me thinking especially about roller skates — and then my nieces asked for them for their June birthdays! That inspired me to make a list of backyard toys we’re so nostalgic for — toys that truthfully our 2023 kids would probably love as well.