I love Friend Makin' Monday! You really get to know someone by the questions that are asked. So head on over to Amber's blog ae filkins and jot your name into the Mr Linky to read all about favorite childhood toys!
Now I need to preface my favorite toys. I grew up in a large family where you made due with what you had on hand. We didn't have many of the store bought variety kind of toys so here goes on some of my favorite things I played with growing up!
Mud! The best toy a kid could have and a mothers nightmare! We would steal buckets from the garage and go to a little grove of trees that was quite shady. Underneath the trees was the softest dirt you could ever find. We would make mud pies, have mud fights and make little forts. Cool stuff for a kid and talk about inexpensive...unless you were the one doing the laundry!
A hatchet. You read that one right. "OMG...your Mom let you play with a hatchet?" Old Daddy Ackert...roughly 80+ years...had a big garden in the field behind our house. Every morning, he would come to work the garden and my little brother...now 6'6"...and I would run out to bug the tar out of him trying to "help" with whatever he was doing. One day he arrived with two old unsharp hatchets (had to put that in just in case you thought he was teaching kids to be axe murders!)..that he told us we could play in the dirt with and showed us how to use them. For hours, we would play with these hatchets, digging to our hearts content. He was a pretty wise old guy if you ask me!
A good climbing tree. We had a small grove of trees in front of our house...nice and shady..remember the mud? Perfect for climbing and spending hours hanging upside down and building forts. I still miss a good climbing tree..not as if I could manage to get up to the top anymore!!
The local swimming pool. When the weather finally warmed up, swimming was the "toy" of the summer. The pool in our town was built during the Depression era...cement with tar filled in the cracks to hold the water. The place was packed during the summer with farm kids and town kids.
Garbage can lid. Yep...you read that one right! I grew up in ND where there is snow on the ground for most of the year. It seemed that way growing up. We didn't have sleds but made use of garbage can lids to slide down the hills. You got up some good speed with these!
Hope you enjoyed my toys and tomorrow, I'll fill you in on the weekend. Have a terrific Monday and go make some friends!