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Children nowadays have no imagination like they did during depression years and WWII. Times were hard and a sad time. Thank goodness for Franklin Roosevelt, a wonderful President that pulled America out of it. He was one of the rich presidents who took care of the poor.
My favorite toy to play with when I was little was a box. A box could be a house, a car, a train, or a rocket ship. I was only limited by my imagination. A shoe box could be a doll house, a Barbie bed or car, or a house for my paper dolls cut from the Sears catalog. The cheapest, most versatile toy was a box.
I have one of those in my yard that the grandkids have constructed out of pallets. It looks like crap but every kid that comes here plays in that thing. They don't get on the swing set, but they will play in a make shift hut!
Imagination is so far superior and you get to be creative with you have on hand. Who knows what your child will become given those tools to work with.
My Mother was born in 1928 so she was a young child during the Depression. She didn't have a doll---she had a brick she wrapped in a blanket.
My mother and grandmother told us stories,I don't know how they survived! Mom said they didn't know what a store bought toy was,mostly worked all the time,pulling trees out of woods,cut it for fire wood for food! Momma said she didn't know what Christmas was until she was about nine! No tooth brushes as children,no shoes in the summer! My grandmother remarried after my grandfather died,mom said he was so mean to them,one day he was eating on the porch and momma and older sister and brother was so hungry,he wouldn't let them have anything and they beat the tar out of him,he called the police! They had to go in front of the judge he put them on probation,and grandma kicked him out! Lol they were like 9,10,11 yrs old! I told my sister we should go to Braxton co WVa and see if momma had a police record! Lol my mother was such a good person to have to go through what she did,I miss her so!
We had a huge oak tree in the back yard. My Grandaddy put a wooden box out there for our "kitchen". Mama would give us containers that she had used in the house as our pots and dishes We played out there all day.
Did this, we played all day every day, we found things around to make forts, we had bricks to do an outline of our club house, use the bricks to build stoves and cabinets. Great fun.
Yes, imagination is everything. My time was the 50's and I loved to play with everyday things. That wooden box would be everything from a barn to a house to a train to whatever the day brought. I would play with my plastic horses for hours and I was never bored with my days.
And did anyone ever say "I'm bored ". We may have had a couple of store bought toys like jacks or a ball. Our chalk was a piece of stone to mark the walk to play hopscotch and our jump rope was clothes line.