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Saturday, January 25, 2014


YOUNG boys and girls will automatically, without any mental hesitation whatsoever, know what this story is trying to get at.

No offense meant to those who are a little bit more "advanced" in age (and wisdom, experience and adipose tissues). But it would be probable that these people-who can't even remember when the last time they donned a school uniform was-might have second thoughts about tossing old toys out to the bin.

Calm down, moms and dads, who have become overtime, naturally wired for spring cleaning. Nobody's going to throw stuff at anybody, anywhere. If we must explain, #throwback is a term used in across social media platforms when an individual waxes nostalgic and posts and publishes photos or other sort of remnant from his past on his personal account.

Today, this article rounds up a few toys kids had back in the day that made the eyes of little boys and girls light up like Christmas. These were the days before phones and tablets became the norm; days when the world was a little bit smaller and every toy was a big thing for children.

This story will basically carry two objectives: to inject a little dose of nostalgia for those in their 20s, 30s and beyond; and to inculcate a little history and background education for the young ones regarding these (almost) obsolete toys. Enjoy!

JACKSTONE

What: Someone stop that small rubber ball (often times painted like some sort of planet) from bouncing away and getting lost under the dining table. Hopefully no soles were punctured by those plastic star-like things as well. Whatever the case, this was a fun little game that boys and girls played requiring finesse, accuracy and a good grip.

How to play: Basically, you collect the stars one by one, only after the ball bounces off the floor before catching it with the star in hand. Oh yes, just one hand.

PICK-UP STICKS

What: Multi-colored sticks the size of toothpicks but as long as toothbrushes all sprawled on the floor-the kind of mess mommies hate.

How to play: The sticks are thrown on the ground allowing each of it to lay one on top of the other. The player then tries to collect the sticks one by one, in no particular order, without trying to cause any movement to the other sticks.

TIN CAN TELEPHONE

What: We're sure some complicated science is behind this fun do-it-yourself contraption. But basically by connecting two empty tin cans with one lid off with a string, kids could try to "talk" to one another as if using a real phone.

How to play: Just enjoy talking with a friend-who's in the other room next to where you are.

PAPER BOATS AND PLANES

What: With a little paper folding technique, kids then used to compete for the best paper plane or boat. Puddles of water in the ground collected after a rainy day, transform into fantasy piers where ships are docked. Classroom tables turn into airports.

How to play: Imagination is key. Let the boat float and let the plane fly out the window.

MARBLES

What: Little balls usually made up of glass.

How to play: There are a lot of games that can be played with marbles. You could hit one with a piece yourself, or toss a few into holes dug up in the dirt.

WATER GUNS

What: Toy guns that squirt water. Often times designed as something really wacky.

How to play: Refill, point and shoot away!

YOYO

What: Claimed to have been invented by a Filipino, Yoyos started out as weapons used in the jungles, but have evolved into a toy. A yoyo is usually made up of either wood or plastic.

How to play: A string is tied between the two sides of the yoyo and a person can play with it by flicking it towards the ground, then pulling it back up again; with the string winding up in place between the yoyo.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 26, 2014.

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