Do your kids play with your old toys?

Recycling Toys for the next generation
I remember waking up on Christmas Day to find a set of doll’s wooden bunk beds at the end of my bed. I was thrilled. My doll (I only remember having one) was called Irene and my sister’s doll, whose name was Alison would have lots of lovely sleeps in the bunk beds and I’ve very fond memories of tucking them in, taking them out and putting them in again! My teddies also had their fair share of using the bunk beds.

However, the sad reality, that comes across really well in Toy Story 2, is that all toys, no matter how loved they are, are grown out of. And, when this happened, the wooden bunk beds were passed along to my three younger female cousins and only the memories were left with me.

Recently, my aunt visited my parents and brought the bunk beds back for my daughters to play with! I was thrilled – probably even more than my daughters, who also loved them. These wooden doll’s bunk beds are at least 30 years old but function like they are new. Now, it’s baby  Andrew (who happens to be a girl doll) and baby Katie who get to be tucked in.

What I’ve learnt from this is that when you buy quality toys, they last generations. I have re-covered the base of the beds but apart from that – they are the same as when they were purchased.

I don’t have room in my stock room to stock big toys like bunk beds but I do stock lots of quality toys that will last generations. Some that comes to mind are the Fold and Go Dolls House, the Wooden Tool Box with wooden tools, The Miss Petit Vanity Set, and the Marble Run.

Wooden Play Toolbox with Tools from Small Foot Design Toys


I’d love to hear what toys your children play with that used to be yours or even your parent’s toys!


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