100 Classic Toys for Kids: Favorite Classic Toys, Retro Toys, and Vintage Toys
After much reminiscing and debating, we’ve winnowed down our list to the 100 top classic toys for kids. What you'll see below are the best classic, retro, and vintage toys—the ones that capture the nostalgia of childhood and the pure bliss of playtime. Now, this is not a list of simple games and fun like kick the can or hide and seek. This is a list for your ultimate inner child—the one who wants all the toys! Perhaps the most amazing thing is that you can still buy every single one of them, either for yourself or to share the classic toy fun with your own kids. So sit back, remember, and possibly be inspired for your child’s next birthday or holiday. Or maybe your own?
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Classic Toys for Building Things
Build a castle. Build a tower and knock it down. Build a spaceship. Just add imagination and it’s all possible with these fun building sets. Sure, you probably have blocks and Lego sets, but if your kids don't have bristle blocks or a marble run yet, they're in for some old-school fun!
Lego play never gets old. Photo by Jody Mercier
4. Lincoln Logs
6. Marble Run
7. Duplo Blocks
Classic Toys to Inspire Pretend Play
These are the toys you could play with for hours—imagining other worlds, recreating unconscious family patterns, deciding who will be the dog—the opportunities are endless. Maybe one will bring back precious memories or help foster some adorable moments between your little ones.
10. Doctor Kit
12. Play Kitchen
13. Tea Set
This will entertain a baby the way an iPhone entertains a tween. Photo courtesy of the manufacturer
16. Paper Dolls
17. Magnetic Dolls
20. Army Men
Classic Toys That Make You Say, "They Still Make That?!"
Ah, the favorite toys you remember so well—maybe it's the details, like the way your Cabbage Patch Kid smelled like baby powder or the timer dinging on your Easy Bake Oven. Now they're back and eerily similar to the originals.
22. G.I. Joe
24. Polly Pocket
With My Little Pony's resurgence, it's time to dig out your old toys. Photo by Sandra Lee
25. My Little Pony
26. Lite Brite
28. Easy Bake Oven
The hours you can spend designing your dream wardrobe! Photo by the manufacturer
Classic Toys for Arts and Crafts
Kids love creating, and these crafty toys will get them coloring, sculpting, and Shrinky Dinking up to their eyeballs.
32. Fashion Plates
35. Shrinky Dinks
Classic Toys for Toddlers
Repetitive play. Repetitive play. (See what we did there?) Toddlers can't get enough of it. With these toys, they can pull strings, push noisy stuff down hallways, and spin in circles over and over. And then do it again.
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Can you hear the commercial in your head? "Operation ... you're the doctor!" Photo by the manufacturer
Classic Board Games
When the kids are bored, break out some board games! From Candy Land for preschoolers to Mall Madness for preteens, there is a classic board game for every age kid.
43. Candy Land
46. Connect 4
47. The Game of Life
50. Guess Who?
52. Mall Madness
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Classic Toys for Outdoor Fun
For those long summer days, grab some Kool-Aid or Crystal Light and have fun in the backyard (drop-in neighbor kids encouraged).
56. Scoop and Toss
58. Big Wheels
60. Sidewalk Chalk
61. Ribbon Wand
65. Jump Rope
66. Skip It
Ok, but can you solve it blindfolded? Photo by Miguel a Padrinan via Pexels
No Batteries Required for These Vintage Toys
These toys are so amazing your kids will think they run on batteries. What sort of magic powers these toys? Pure child wonder.
67. Rubik's Cube
68. Jack in the Box
71. Etch A Sketch
72. Mini Bouncy Ball
73. Spinning Top
75. Magic 8 Ball
77. Silly Putty
79. Magna Doodle
80. Slap Bracelets
This classic goes from cradle to college with your kids. Photo by Denisse Leon via Unsplash
Classic Stuffed Animals
Because every kid needs something to cuddle.
81. Sock Monkey
82. Glo Worm
83. Troll Dolls
85. Pound Puppies
87. Rainbow Brite
88. Ty Beanie Babies
While these hurt to step on almost as much as Legos, they're loads of fun. Photo by Ben Grant via Unsplash
Wheely Fun Retro Toys
Get some speed with these throwbacks that don't ever get old.
89. Hot Wheels
90. Tonka Trucks
Classic Toys for Playing Pranks
One of the pleasures of childhood—playing a trick on your parents. But who is really fooling who?
92. Whoopee Cushion
93. Snake in a Can
94. Magic Trick Kit
More fun than a barrel of, well, you know! Photo by Mick Haupt via Unsplash
Classic Toys That Refine Motor Skills
These toys get those little fingers working!
96. Pick Up Sticks
99. Pog Kaps
Anyone else who can't look at Mr. Potato Head without hearing Don Rickles? Photo by Caleb Mays via Unsplash
And Last, But Not Least...
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