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Subject: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: amjikloviet on 12/30/12 at 8:40 pm

...and what year was it? The reason I ask is because it seems to me that most children today stop playing with their toys at a much younger age (7,8 or 9 years old) and are more into electronics. Does anyone agree and see this as well, or am I the only one who noticed this? I remained innocent and played with dolls for the longest time, until I was eleven! :o That was back in 1991. When I think about it now, compared to how old children today are when they are no longer interested in toys, I was way too old to be playing with dolls lol ;D. On the positive side though, I'm glad I kept innocent that long.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: warped on 12/30/12 at 8:47 pm


...and what year was it? The reason I ask is because it seems to me that most children today stop playing with their toys at a much younger age (7,8 or 9 years old) and are more into electronics. Does anyone agree and see this as well, or am I the only one who noticed this? I remained innocent and played with dolls for the longest time, until I was eleven! :o That was back in 1991. When I think about it now, compared to how old children today are when they are no longer interested in toys, I was way too old to be playing with dolls lol ;D. On the positive side though, I'm glad I kept innocent that long.


That depends what you would consider "a toy".
I play ARCADE games here, if that's a toy then I'm 50 and still playing  ;D

Let's see. I stopped playing with hot wheels or my Lionel train set when I was about..I dunno..14? 15?
Girls I knew played with Barbie dolls until age 13 maybe? My sister stopped playing with dolls around age 11? 12?


There were no "electronics" alternatives back then. If you didn't play with toys, you read a book, or played outside with other kids, or watched what your parents watched, and if you were lucky, it was on a color TV.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: 80sfan on 12/30/12 at 9:04 pm

12.  ;D

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: whistledog on 12/30/12 at 11:39 pm

I still play with toys.  If you consider game consoles (Xbox, PS3, et al) toys.
I also have a Windows Phone.  That also can be considered a toy.

As for other types of actual toys, I sometimes still play.  Remember those WWF Wrestlers made by LJN in the 1980s?  I still have most of them, and sometimes, a match between Hulk Hogan and Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff will occur ;D

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Foo Bar on 12/30/12 at 11:57 pm

I don't know.  I'll leave instructions to have the executor of my will post my answer to this thread :)

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 12/31/12 at 7:20 am

I stopped playing with toys in the late 80's but I still play video games on my PS3.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/31/12 at 11:50 am

I still play with them.

http://www.inthe00s.com/index.php?topic=22544.0


Cat

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Reynolds1863 on 12/31/12 at 12:24 pm

I still play with them.  I have an 8 year old niece who's obsessed with Barbies.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 12/31/12 at 1:53 pm

I would say that I stopped playing with toys as a matter of course after I started junior high school in the late 90's. The last time i received any items that would be considered traditional "toys" were a group of WWF action figures in 1998. I've always been a big Lego freak though, and I still "play" with that to this day.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: belmont22 on 12/31/12 at 1:59 pm

Hmmmm. Good question, maybe like about 9 or 10? I'm actually not sure.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Inertia on 12/31/12 at 6:28 pm

I still play video games, but my interest of dolls, stuffed animals, and other such traditional toys disappeared by the time I was about eleven.

I had an epiphany one day while playing with my toys and decided I could spend my time doing more productive and entertaining tasks.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 12/31/12 at 7:27 pm


I still play with them.  I have an 8 year old niece who's obsessed with Barbies.


What's her favorite Barbie?

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 12/31/12 at 7:28 pm

The last time i received any items that would be considered traditional "toys" were a group of WWF action figures in 1998.

Which ones did you collect?  ???

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 12/31/12 at 7:30 pm


I still play video games, but my interest of dolls, stuffed animals, and other such traditional toys disappeared by the time I was about eleven.

I had an epiphany one day while playing with my toys and decided I could spend my time doing more productive and entertaining tasks.


I used to collect stuffed animals myself, a teddy bear and a huge stuffed Dalmatian dog named Snappy.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Inertia on 12/31/12 at 7:39 pm


I used to collect stuffed animals myself, a teddy bear and a huge stuffed Dalmatian dog named Snappy.


I collected stuffed cats as a child. Of course, when I became more interested in other hobbies I stopped doing that too.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: snozberries on 12/31/12 at 8:00 pm


Like a few others here if you are considering video games a toy I still play and I'm 44+1  :D 


I think I was about 12 when I stopped playing with my barbies and playing make believe. 


However I still love cars and action figures.....put them in front of me and I will play....particularly the pull back cars that go on their own... I will build ramps and try and get them to fly!  I have a remote control car that I enjoy sending after the dog  ;D


I love slinkys and playdo and yo yos. 
I will play with the happy meals toys that come with my meal. 
And I really want a set of cool wood (real wood) blocks....
I want a race track set
and I've always wanted a house with a big room where I can set up my own Playmobil village!!!! 

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: nally on 12/31/12 at 8:09 pm

I was 12 when I stopped playing with them full-time. However, from time to time, I do like to get some of my old toys out again and set them up... just to bring back memories (the toys themselves are stored safely in boxes in my garage).

If I have a chance, I'll share some pics of things that I created with my wooden blocks, Happy Meal toys (a couple of which I acquired at age 10 or 11), Legos, etc., during my preteen years.




and I've always wanted a house with a big room where I can set up my own Playmobil village!!!! 



That sounds great! There've been times when I've wanted to have such a place and do that sorta thing too!! :D

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 12/31/12 at 8:12 pm


I collected stuffed cats as a child. Of course, when I became more interested in other hobbies I stopped doing that too.


How old were you when you stopped playing with stuffed animals?

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: nally on 12/31/12 at 8:21 pm


How old were you when you stopped playing with stuffed animals?

For me, I was 11 when I gave up the last stuffed animal in my bed (but packed it away safely in a box with all my others)... but after our first pet dog passed away in 1993 (when I was 13), my parents began buying a few stuffed animals, mostly dogs, to at least have some kind of animal around. But then in April of 1998 they came across a grey stuffed rabbit in a spa store and I became attached to it myself. (I was 17 3/4 at that time.) However, it's no ordinary stuffed rabbit, as it has a tummy filled with lavender and flaxseed, designed to help you relieve your stress.

Edited to add: I posted a picture of him in another thread, namely this one; attachment at bottom of post

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: snozberries on 12/31/12 at 8:25 pm




i'm not even gonna try and front this one.... i'm 44+1 and I still sleep with the stuffed rabbit I got when I was 7.  It smells and has holes and the stuffing is coming out in spots...and I don't care he's my friend and I love him! ...  :D

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: nally on 12/31/12 at 8:32 pm

I, too, have a couple of stuffed rabbits that are 30+ years old and showing their age. Last time I took 'em out of the box, the fur was coming off and there might've been holes in their bodies, but I don't care...they were a part of me! :) In fact, I had plenty of bunnies when I was a kid... I named one 'Bunny', one 'Brand New Bunny', a 'Brown Bunny'...and at least a couple others.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: warped on 12/31/12 at 8:38 pm

I think I stopped playing with my stuffed animals when I was 7? 8? and when I was a teen I threw them all away (they were stored in boxes for years)

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Inertia on 01/01/13 at 5:16 am


How old were you when you stopped playing with stuffed animals?


Actual playing with stuffed animals? Around eleven. I definitely stopped playing with all traditional toys sometime in middle school.

I still enjoyed having them sitting around my room as decorations for many years though.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/01/13 at 6:42 am




i'm not even gonna try and front this one.... i'm 44+1 and I still sleep with the stuffed rabbit I got when I was 7.  It smells and has holes and the stuffing is coming out in spots...and I don't care he's my friend and I love him! ...  :D


What's your rabbit's name?

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/01/13 at 6:43 am


I think I stopped playing with my stuffed animals when I was 7? 8? and when I was a teen I threw them all away (they were stored in boxes for years)


I stopped when I was in my mid teens.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: snozberries on 01/01/13 at 9:48 am


What's your rabbit's name?



Mr PB

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/01/13 at 12:50 pm

I am a firm believer that I will NEVER outgrow stuffed animals. When we took our trip to Maine this past summer, the motel we stayed in had a stuffed bear on the bed in case we got lonely. You could take it home with you but you had to buy it. The proceeds went to a cancer center. So, the bear came home with us. It is sitting in the living room right next to the stuffed dog & cat that Gis gave me when we were in Philly 4 years ago.

In our bedroom I have my stuffed turtle Timothy that my great-grandmother gave me when I was 7 or 8 and Arf Arf & Skunky that I don't recall NOT having. All the others are packed away.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r92/aandcsattic/001-4_zpse86f6ffd.jpg



Cat

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 01/01/13 at 4:57 pm

Playing with real kids' toys like Legos? I think it must have been around (mid/late) 1997 when I lost the interest in it. My last 'Mickey Mouse' comic magazine dates early 1998, but if I remember correctly, I was not really reading it anymore during that time (I only got some last magazines from an older subscription but it was cancelled then). I was really into Titanic stuff from late 1997/ early 1998 on, started to collect stamps on a serious level and in 1998/99 I was into vintage movies and music. So I was exactly between 11 and 12 when I stopped playing with toys.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/01/13 at 7:09 pm



Mr PB


PB stands for Peanut Butter?

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: snozberries on 01/01/13 at 7:38 pm


PB stands for Peanut Butter?


no

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: nally on 01/01/13 at 11:22 pm


I am a firm believer that I will NEVER outgrow stuffed animals. When we took our trip to Maine this past summer, the motel we stayed in had a stuffed bear on the bed in case we got lonely. You could take it home with you but you had to buy it. The proceeds went to a cancer center. So, the bear came home with us. It is sitting in the living room right next to the stuffed dog & cat that Gis gave me when we were in Philly 4 years ago.

In our bedroom I have my stuffed turtle Timothy that my great-grandmother gave me when I was 7 or 8 and Arf Arf & Skunky that I don't recall NOT having. All the others are packed away.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r92/aandcsattic/001-4_zpse86f6ffd.jpg



Cat

Cute toy animals :)

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 01/02/13 at 10:13 am

I got a stuffed moose during a summer vacation in Sweden nearly 18 years ago. It's still in my bed and I was playing with it regularly until 1997 or so...

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Foo Bar on 01/02/13 at 8:49 pm


In our bedroom I have my stuffed turtle Timothy that my great-grandmother gave me when I was 7 or 8 and Arf Arf & Skunky that I don't recall NOT having.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r92/aandcsattic/001-4_zpse86f6ffd.jpg


Not sure if home-made, but defintely adorable and well-loved.

http://johngushue.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451f25369e2013480829be4970c-800wi

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 01/02/13 at 10:43 pm


no


What about PBJ?
???

I don't know exactly how old I was.  Early teens.  Probably a little later than most. 

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/03/13 at 11:04 am


Not sure if home-made, but defintely adorable and well-loved.

http://johngushue.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451f25369e2013480829be4970c-800wi



No, those two were not home-made but Timothy was. My great-grandmother lived in a retirement home for the last few years of her life. Many of the women made a lot of crafts which they sold in their own gift shop. My great-grandmother even took up painting in her 80s. But, one of the women made Timothy. He was sitting in their gift shop window. Since it was Sunday, the shop was closed. My great-grandmother saw how my face lit up when I saw him that she MADE them open the shop just so she could buy him for me. You think those two are well-loved, you should see Timothy. His head was sewn back on I don't know how many times-along with his feet & tail. The material that covers his back is so discolored and it coming apart. When I went to Greece in the Air Force, Timothy came with me. I really should take a photo of him to show everyone.



Cat

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Don Carlos on 01/15/13 at 10:02 am

So who stopped?  My toys just got bigger and more expensive, like my O'Day 25 foot sail boat and our new travel van.  You could say that our house in Puerto Rico is a toy

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Tia on 01/15/13 at 4:14 pm

I was supposed to stop playing with toys? :-\\

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: MarkMc1990 on 01/15/13 at 5:15 pm

When I think about what I got for Christmas each year, there was a dramatic difference between 4th and 5th grade. In 4th grade, I was obsessed with Legos so I got a lot of Lego sets that year, as well as some other things I would consider "toys", and also video games. In 5th grade, I think just about every one of my gifts was a video game (I got GameCube that year plus some games and controllers for it, as well as some GameBoy Advance games and accessories for it). So it must have been about 5th grade.

For the record, I don't really think of video games as being age-specific (plenty of people in their 20s and 30s and even older play them religiously). However I largely lost interest in them in about 7th grade anyway when I started using the internet more.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/15/13 at 5:30 pm


So who stopped?  My toys just got bigger and more expensive, like my O'Day 25 foot sail boat and our new travel van.  You could say that our house in Puerto Rico is a toy
Good point. Couldn't a motorcycle or ATV or boat or an old hot rod or muscle car be considered a toy as well?

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 01/15/13 at 5:33 pm


For the record, I don't really think of video games as being age-specific (plenty of people in their 20s and 30s and even older play them religiously). However I largely lost interest in them in about 7th grade anyway when I started using the internet more.


I was gaming at my PC pretty often in the 2000s; basically during my teens and early 20s. I extremely lost interest around 2008/09ish. From one day to another it made no sense to me anymore. It was quite sad. After a longer break however I had to play Max Payne III which was released last year. The first and second part of it were games of my teenage time and the third part brought back memories  8)

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: warped on 01/15/13 at 8:03 pm

I stopped playing with boys when I was 15 or 16, since then I've been playing with girls. And Oh what fun it has been  :D, they are sweet, lovely, cute, sexy..I enjoyed going on dates throughout the 80s decade and had loads of fun, stuff I can't talk about here coz it might be too embarassing for some...but wait.... I do remember this girl, we went on a date once, she got so drunk that we  (pauses...rereads heading of category....stops....gulps....)

Oh, it's playing with TOYS...not BOYS.... (face turns red).

I gave TMI....
ummm..
:-\\

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/16/13 at 7:16 am


I was supposed to stop playing with toys? :-\\


As you grow older.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/16/13 at 7:17 am

When did you stop playing with girl's toys?  :D

;)

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: apollonia1986 on 01/16/13 at 10:02 pm

There's three cabbage patch kids dolls lying in my bed looking at me right now.  ::)

April, Audrey and Vanita.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/17/13 at 7:38 am


There's three cabbage patch kids dolls lying in my bed looking at me right now.  ::)

April, Audrey and Vanita.


What are they saying?  ;D

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: apollonia1986 on 01/17/13 at 5:08 pm


What are they saying?  ;D


That they want Happy Meals from McDonald's.

Kidding!  ;D ;D ;D

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Katluver on 01/23/13 at 10:40 pm

I still like playing with toys.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: nally on 01/23/13 at 10:56 pm


That they want Happy Meals from McDonald's.

Kidding!  ;D ;D ;D

When I was 8, 9, and 10 years old I often had those...particularly for the toy that was inside. ;D I still have some of those toys saved, in a box.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: valleyroads on 01/23/13 at 11:21 pm

About 11 when I stopped playing with my Legos, Lincoln Logs, K'nex and GI Joes, I stopped playing with toy cars around the same time, switching gears to customizing/restoring them and collecting nice ones.

I'm 26 now, and anymore all I play with are my electronic gadgets, my camera and toy car customizing.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/24/13 at 7:24 am


I still like playing with toys.


me too, once in a while.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/24/13 at 7:25 am


About 11 when I stopped playing with my Legos, Lincoln Logs, K'nex and GI Joes, I stopped playing with toy cars around the same time, switching gears to customizing/restoring them and collecting nice ones.

I'm 26 now, and anymore all I play with are my electronic gadgets, my camera and toy car customizing.


Do you play video games?

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/24/13 at 9:30 am


That they want Happy Meals from McDonald's.

Kidding!  ;D ;D ;D



My OLDER sister collects McDonald's toys and she displayed all them in her bedroom. She must have THOUSANDS of them. When my niece (her daughter) started dating an old boyfriend and was bringing him home for the first time, my sister said, "Should I say to him, 'You want to come into my bedroom and see my toys?'"  My niece looked at her with daggers in her eyes and said, "DON'T YOU DARE!!!!"  We laughed at it.  ;D ;D ;D But, I am glad that she didn't embarrass my niece.



Cat

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: valleyroads on 01/24/13 at 2:58 pm


Do you play video games?

Rarely if ever, unless you count an older version of Bejeweled.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/24/13 at 3:03 pm

I guess I was in my mid-teens till I outgrew my toys.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Starde on 01/24/13 at 8:35 pm

I LOVED Barbies when I was a kid. I think I had enough to fill at least 2 large tupperware bins. :o I stopped playing with them when I was 10/11.

Subject: Re: How old were you when you stopped playing with toys?...

Written By: Howard on 01/25/13 at 6:56 am


I LOVED Barbies when I was a kid. I think I had enough to fill at least 2 large tupperware bins. :o I stopped playing with them when I was 10/11.


What Barbies did you have?

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