Store Preview: Back to Basics Toys

Thank you previous occupant. As current occupant, I enjoyed receiving your catalog from Back to Basics Toys.

Mr. Machine mechanized toyHere’s a company that started as a catalog promoting "nonviolent toys with enduring play value," and was obtained by Scholastic, Inc. (the book people) in 2003. The stated goal for Back to Basics is "to continue to offer alternatives to the increasing number of toys that are inherently violent, poorly made, or based upon pop culture television shows."

The catalog grabbed my attention when I saw toys from my youth. I fondly remember the dozens of games packed into a Carom Board, the enjoyment of random bowling-like fun of Skittles at a friend’s house, the snatching awe of Magic Hand Bank, the futile spiraling linebackers in my brother’s Electronic Football Game, and the umm, fun of Tickle Bee (I only vaguely remember Tickle Bee, but I know I enjoyed it).

Then there are the cool toys of an even earlier era, such as Mr. Machine (pictured), Slinky Dog, or Howdy Doody.

OK, so a lot of the toys mentioned so far are not for toddlers. How about the There Was an Old Lady doll who swallows a fly and six other animals, or the Hungry Pelican that eats sea creatures that tumble into its tummy?

Little Miss already has a couple listed toys that we purchased through other vendors.

  • The soft foam Baby Building Blocks are great for babies because they are safer than wood blocks, some squeak or crinkle, and many have fabric doors you open to see drawings of people.
  • The Squeak E. Dress Me Mouse has a variety of pieces of clothing it teaches – pants, shirt, jacket, backpack, shoes, etc. So far Little Miss (at 13 months) shows no interest in the mouse. Maybe it’s because the mouse is so ugly. Make it cute and she might get involved. We put old baby clothes on her favorite teddy bear and Miss tries to take the clothing on and off.

Other items on my wish list have to be the mega Play Cube, giant Foam Blocks, Puzzle Chest puzzle storage solution, Buzzy Bee pull toy and the Kettler Navigator Tricycle.

The web site is fun to browse, but I suggest requesting a catalog. [For the record, I have no affiliation and receive no remuneration from this company.] 

Remember, they do make them like they used to!

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