I loved my Sasha dolls. I've still got them!
Gotz made beautiful dolls & Sasha dolls always had such wistful faces. I was a very careful child, looked after my toys & was devastated when my best friend/mortal enemy scrubbed my Tiny Tears face with Vim & it went green A couple of years ago I had an idea for a children's book & wrote the first three stories, I knew how my characters looked but needed something tangible for one of them, I love Etsy & one day found this seller. I've bought two of her dolls, one is my protagonist & one comes out for Hallowe'en, they are exquisite.I loved my Sasha dolls. I've still got them!
Wow that has brought back so many memories!You rarely see young children with dolls and prams these days. Right from toddler age they`re glued to a tablet of some kind or their parent`s mobile phone and watching cartoons or something on iplayer or you tube. They do tablets specifically for very young children. Board games are another thing they rarely do, things such as Ludo or Snakes and Ladders.
I remember getting a childs version of a Silver Cross pram one Christmas. It was white with a pink hood and cover and had an oval shaped transfer of pink roses on the side of it. I also got a baby doll which had a pot head, no real hair just pretend curls moulded into the pot head and she came dressed with a matching coat and dress and bootees.
After Christmas dinner my Dad would get out the games compendium which was in a wooden box and the boards were wood too. Snakes and ladders, Ludo, Draughts, Tiddlywinks or we`d play Snap or Happy Families.
Rupert Annual, Beano, Dandy , new pencil crayons and a colouring book or a jigsaw would be played with at the end of the day and just before bedtime when Mum wanted us to quieten down after a very early morning to see if Father Christmas had been.
When I see kids the same age nowadays from toddlers to 7/8 year olds, many of them don`t actually seem to know how to play especially when they`re alone. No imaginary tea parties with plastic tea sets, no dressing their dolly and other toy friends and talking to them or playing teachers and sitting them in rows whilst telling them 2+2 makes 4. No quiet time with pencils, paper, paints, jigsaws and what saddens me most of all is just how many kids don`t love or like books. No playing marbles with a sibling or a parent or rolling ping ping balls into a propped up colander and calling it table football because you didn`t have the real thing.
No fancy dressing up outfits but pretending to be a Princess whilst wearing an old net curtain, your sister`s hairband, Mum`s shoes and some plastic flowers your Mum had got free with Daz washing powder.
Making dens under the big old table and using a clothes maiden and a sheet as the entrance, playing with Mum`s button tin and using different sized buttons to make a necklace or going outside with an old clothes line whilst skipping to your friends singing "one two three O`leary"
And so it goes on and on, memories rarely rekindled nowadays because many kids are old before they`ve been young or their imagination is rarely used because they don`t have to create games, dressing up outfits, pretend kitchens made from cardboard boxes, dens under a table etc etc etc. They have the real McCoy handed to them on a plate and their idea of quiet time is to log onto the internet or 24/7 TV channels. Yes I know kids need to be tech savvy these days but I also think they also need to learn how to play and how to occupy themselves in a creative imaginary way. Call me old fashioned.
I did the rose petal scent, then tried it with grass, just got dirty water.Wow that has brought back so many memories!
We used to put rose petals in water, shake it up in a bottle and call it scent-probably smelt better than some modern offerings.
Mud pies and bang a bit of chalk on a stone from the garden to make icing on the top.
So many things that I still did with our girls.
Oh and shaking milk and salt in a jar hoping to get butter. We never did but it kept us amused for days at a time in the school holidays wondering if today was the day that we would enjoy fresh butter for tea
I am an only child too. Many hours drawing and reading on my own. My favourite was my teddy bear too, and I still have him, although he is now completely bald, loved to death! He lives in the overhead cupboard above my bed.Thanks Vienna for reviving so many memories, we must belong to the same childhood era! I would draw in my colouring books for hours and although I had a doll, it was never a favorite.My white Teddy bear went the same way, Teddies were golden not white!Our imaginations were stretched and being an only child I entertained myself for hours, something which I have even drawn on during the past year.I am so envious of you having a Silver Cross doll’s Pram though, I think mine was second hand and remember feeling so envious of two other girls I knew who had their Silver Crosses!
Many of our toys were secondhand SF but we didn`t realise it or we simply weren`t bothered because it was quite common for kids in our area to get secondhand stuff.Thanks Vienna for reviving so many memories, we must belong to the same childhood era! I would draw in my colouring books for hours and although I had a doll, it was never a favorite.My white Teddy bear went the same way, Teddies were golden not white!Our imaginations were stretched and being an only child I entertained myself for hours, something which I have even drawn upon during the past year, that being content in my own company.I am so envious of you having a Silver Cross doll’s Pram though, I think mine was second hand and remember feeling so envious of two other girls I knew who had their Silver Crosses!
Children of the early 50’s? I had just started school when it was the Queen’s Coronation 2 days before my birthday.At school we were given the choice of a commemorative spoon, tumbler or mug.I do remember thinking the mug looked the best value, still have it somewhere.
Me too!Vienna, your post reflects my 1960’s childhood perfectly. I still love stationery, after going into Woolworths every week and looking at exercise books and colouring pencils. My favourite was a rainbow pad - small notebook containing pages of different colour paper.
I was fascinated by the imperial measurements on the backs of most exercise books - Rod, pole and perch, gallons, quarts & pints, furlongs and fathoms etc. !
Defo & when my daughter has her little boy later this year he'll have all the same toys as his sister so eventually he'll have to option of playing trains, kicking a ball, rocking on a horse or, heaven forfend, pushing a pram. These people who TELL others how they should behave need to butt out. Years ago, when woke was something we did after being asleep, I read an article written by the aunt of a little girl who she had recently baby sat. The tot was just over two & her aunt could hear her talking so listened at the bedroom door & heard her telling her toys to sleep & blowing them kisses. It turned out that she was wrapping her cars in her clothes & putting them all together because she wasn't allowed cuddlies or dolls in case she became 'conditioned'. I think denying a child something because of your beliefs is cruel & quite arrogant.Are little girls still allowed to play with baby dolls and prams? I’m sure the non binary and gender neutral brigade are in meltdown over such an abomination!
Your granddaughter is a lucky little girl to have parents and grandparents who stimulate her the way you all do. My granddaughters were the same and even though they are now at high school and aged 12 and 14 their parents still insist they have time away from phones, TV or internet and they do something practical.Vienna you're not old fashioned, you're right & many of the things you've written about we do with little granddaughter. I think that there's a happy balance about most things in life & she does watch films, loves CBeebies & listens to music on YouTube - how else would she have been shown Gayla Peevey singing I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas? However, her imagination is fed when playing with her dolls, tea sets, doctors kit & books & she acts out many of the things that happen to her through her dolls, most of whom have been affected recently by having something 'natched' from them as happened to her on her birthday. She also has a mud kitchen, a mum who is happy to draw chalk pictures with her on their patio & a dad who takes her out on his bike. As for second hand items this child, born in 2018, has had pre-loved gifts from us for her last two Christmases & her 3rd birthday that was 2 weeks ago, mainly because I knew what to get her & wouldn't buy new from China, she also had a Laura Ashley dress that was vintage 1980s & still had the label attached. I'm 62 so grew up in the 1960s with dolls, bikes, board games, Spirograph, books by the shelfful & was lucky enough to have a Silver Cross doll's pram, shiny black body, cream interior, huge wheels - I loved it