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Feeling Nostalgic – Kids and Little Wooden Airplanes

May 7, 2010 · 64 comments

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It was my daughter’s birthday this week, so my younger son and I went on a little shopping trip.  We stopped at a book/toy store to see if they had anything she might like, but the store was really geared toward younger kids.

However, while we were there, my son came across one of those little wooden gliders that is made with the flimsiest wood ever (is that really wood?), that is put together by sliding the wings through a slot in the body of the plane.  We bought two of them, one for my daughter and one for him.  I think I paid $3.49 for each, which seemed like a total ripoff, but I was feeling impulsive I guess.

We then picked up my daughter from her soccer practice and went home.  It was pretty late, around 8:40 pm, but they wanted to go outside and try these somewhat-wooden airplanes.  They were outside laughing and running around for over an hour, and the daylight was long-gone by the time they came in.  They had the best time with these little toys, which was so refreshing as a parent.  Even though my kids are 14 and 12, they still found absolute fun in something inexpensive, and probably geared toward the younger crowd.  They have had these little planes in the past, but they always smashed after about 2 flights.

The lesson in all of this for me was that in a world that is filled with Ipods, XBoxs, big screen tvs and more, there is still a place for the small things.  It brought back so many memories for me as a kid playing with those same airplanes, among other things like pogo sticks, ‘lemon twists’, hula hoops and  a pair of stilts that my dad made me.

So actually, although I felt I overpaid for those little planes at the time, I now think they were a great deal.

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Money Reasons May 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

I remember the ones with the rubber band and propeller, winding it up, then having it slip and the having to rewind it a few times… It was still great though, one of my favorite toys as a kid. At least until they broke (which happens quickly).

Pogo stick, hmmm, I’ll have to buy my kids one of those! I forgot about them…

My 6 year old daughter is a hula hoop experts (at least compared to the rest of the family! She even did it at a talent show at school!

Nice memories, thx for the spark!


Kris May 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

I really enjoyed writing that post. I hadn’t thought of my stilts in a long time.

I remember the rubber band airplanes well. I also remember the rubber band snapping after I turned it and turned it and all those little knots formed and it was so tight.

They also opened an old fashioned candy store near my house where I can buy sixlets, blow pops, zots, lemon heads and more!

Life is good.


Budgeting in the Fun Stuff May 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

I remember those little airplanes and the 25 cent parachute guys you could buy from the ice cream man…the chutes were made of the flimsiest plastic ever, but I’d throw him in the air for hours. 🙂

I also remember my friend’s Skip-It, my Super Soaker, and playing (dangerously now that I think of it) on our Red Flyer. I’m surprised I didn’t crack my head open…

I still buy Haribo Gummy Bears and JuJu Bees…


Kris May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

BFS, I still have nightmares about Red Flyers running me over. They always kind of scared me, along with giant toboggans.

I also buy those ‘Ice Cubes’ every chance I get, and I don’t care how much they cost. I don’t think they were popular with many, and I think they are made with the fattiest chocolate ever. Oh well, only live once.


Vicky May 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

I remember the store by my house sold old time candy. If you don’t have one near you, there is always candyattic.com. Back to the airplanes, I bought a six-pack of them and they’re still in one piece believe it or not. Jump ropes are still a favorite for my kids too.


Kris May 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Vicky- Your kids are more careful with their airplanes than mine! Also, if you want to go get some old fashioned candy, there is a store called ‘Doc Sweets’ just south of 14 (I think) and it is either on Rochester Rd or Livernois, can’t remember). I was thinking about Annie O’s the other day!


Budgeting in the Fun Stuff May 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Kris, I had never heard of “Ice Cubes” but I just googled them and they look delicious…I’m a personal fan of Dove Promises in Milk or Dark chocolate…hmmmm…calories….yum.


Mike - Saving Money Today May 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

What makes me happy is when I see my kids playing with my old toys. I still have my old Star Wars action figures and the kids love them. My one daughter just adores Chewbacca hahaha.


Kris May 12, 2010 at 10:50 am

Mike – Who doesn’t love Chewbacca, he is the best! I actually had a great time running around with the kids throwing the airplanes around. I am excited for warmer, dryer weather when I can pull out the frisbee that lights up. Midnight frisbee is fun!


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