There are a few things I remember playing with as a kid but the 2 that stay with me the most are paper dolls and Calico Critters. Loved them both. The paper dolls were so fun to get and then see what outfits and accessories they came with. I had a lot of those, but the Calico Critters were my special toy that I kept up in my closet. I wouldn't even bring it out for company. I played with that and only me! I had the Maple Town school house which Mom still has. She gets it out for Zara to play with but her attention span is a little to short to seem to sit down and enjoy it. I keep hoping one of these days its going to become her favorite toy. I've been wanting to buy a set (with the same hope in mind...that she'll LOVE it as I did) but they are SOO expensive so I just look and reminisce. BUT today as I was in the consignment shop here in town I looked up and saw this....
Now I never look up on the top shelves...they are pretty much out of view but I did today and boy am I glad. I didn't buy it right away because I wasn't sure what condition it was in or what came with it or what they even cost used so I went home and while the girls were napping I looked them up and I was just getting to pumped up to let it pass so as soon as Kanya woke up off we went to get and IT IS SO AWESOME.
I set up some ground rules and watched them like a hawk while they were playing so nothing would get wrecked. I don't actually know if they enjoyed that too much but this is going to become their special toy to whether they like it or not!
P.S. tried the paper dolls with Zara too...didn't go so well! Thats another story.