Post has attachment
View-Master

Do you ever look at old toys and games, and instantly you are taken back in time to a different era, when life was simpler? Those days as kids when we played outside all day long, spent endless hours building our forts in empty lots, and the closest thing to the electronics of today that we had was playing on a Merlin, or playing games on our Atari consoles. But that was a weekend thing for us. The average day of kids then was being active all day long.

When I see a View-Master now, or old Tonka trucks or Schwinn bikes, I think back to when we rarely saw the inside of our houses. Every kid I knew was outside with us. And while that's nostalgic I guess, it was our fun then. Now, kids want VR and gaming systems, and they seem to stay indoors a whole hell of a lot more. Do I have that right? Does it seem those old days we relished are gone?

#viewmaster   #toys   #games   #childhood   #growingup  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View-Master
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Home Sweet Home

It's astonishing to me how you can watch a 10-min animated short like this and become moved. The spirit of Pixar definitely lives within this short. It addresses issues like friendship, aging, journeys, dogs, and adventure. A good story for kids to watch. All part of our experience growing up...

Watch this beautifully animated 3D short film about a house which escapes from its suburban foundations and sets off on an epic journey. Created by the talented Pierre Clenet, Alejandro Diaz, Romain Mazevet and Stéphane Paccolat, made in Supinfocom Arles during their last year in 2013.

#animationmovies   #animation   #animatedshortfilm   #friendship   #aging   #growingold   #lifejourneys  
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Elementary School Days

Do you remember your early years in school? I'm talking about Grades 1-6. I'm not sure of the equivalent levels or names worldwide, primary school maybe. But I'm looking at mostly those years from 5-11 or so

What are your strongest memories of those years and your schools?

For me, a few are: In first grade, I was the runner-up in the summer long contest for Royal Reader. I came in second. Second! How was that possible? It was then I knew how much of a voracious reader I was - going all the way back to first grade. I still have my First Runner-Up Certificate!

I had a woman who was German teach my third grade class. As I'm old, it was closer to WWII and quite a thing that was talked about. But she was lovely and we learned all about German culture and foods. It was a great year.

Fourth grade, I went from Maryland to California, and my teacher was Mr. Postman. Always remembered that. That, and making a diorama of the California missions, and having our new school built, so that entire year, our school was held in hot trailers. Kind of miserable, but my teacher truly loved what he did, and it showed.

Sixth grade. My last year of slacking. I was scheduled to go to a private school after that and I vividly remember the summer before that fall term for 7th grade started. I thought it would be a relaxing summer. It wasn't - I had a book list so long that any other lesser mortal would have cringed. Being a bookworm, I was good with it. But I wouldn't see true leisure time again until many years had passed.

I'd love to hear about what you remember most about those years!

#elementaryschool   #primaryschool   #growingup   #kids   #school   #schooldays  

That's my actual elementary school out in California. Now, of course, the trailers are long gone. ha!
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Giant LEGO Characters from An Amazing Teacher

When you see passion and dedication like this, it is awe-inspiring. It reminds me of some of the best teachers I ever had, and he would be right up there with them. Very cool work!

My name is John Lavelle and I am the art specialist at a school on Long Island, New York for children with developmental disabilities. Prior to becoming a teacher, I attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where I earned my Bachelors and Masters degree.  I love making art and I enjoy sharing and exploring with my students, it's a gift to be able to do what I do, and I cherish every moment of it. 

I made ten LEGO figures in total, an average LEGO boy, Unikitty from the movie, Emmet from the movie, Batman, Spider-Man, R2-D2, C3PO, a grad wearing a cap and gown, a female teacher and a race car driver sitting in his race car of course.  

I found an image of a LEGO on the internet, printed it out, and measured the length and height of all the components of the LEGO figure, such as the length and height of the torso.  I then multiplied the measurements by 4, and used the resulting measurements to create a pattern.  

The pattern was drawn and cut from sheets of flat corrugated cardboard.  Once I had that pattern, mass production ensued.  I painted everything with craft paint and mini rollers (they are the best). I then used hot glue to assemble and added details at the end.

#teachers   #LEGO   #teaching   #education   #dedication   #passion   #kids   #learning   #children   #kids   #kidsville  

via/ http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/AMAZING-CARDBOARD-LEGO-CREATED-BY-TEACHER
PhotoPhotoPhotoPhotoPhoto
2016-04-15
8 Photos - View album
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
When I Was A Kid, I Had The Coolest Bedroom!

Does this apply to you? Or to your kids now? I saw this and instantly thought of all the ways you could make kids bedrooms cool. This is pretty incredible, and as I'm a book lover and am working now on a tree of knowledge tattoo, I'd be all in on this!

It's funny, I never had anything in my bedroom growing up that approached this level of "wow." I had books, and I had plenty of National Geographic magazine maps on my wall, but never this. I let my imagination roam during my studies, and when I read.

If you could could go back in time, would you do something like this for your own younger self? Hmmm.

Bonus: The snare drum. I did have that, when I was four or five. Drove my parents nuts, but I loved the drums then (and now) and always have. ha!

#kidsrooms   #growingup   #children   #teens   #decorating   #trees   #snaredrum   #maps   #nationalgeographic   #tattoo  

via/ http://www.decoist.com/2013-05-07/design-trends-2013/
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Slime

Have a favorite story? My bother and I, along with my cousins, primarily used this as a method of torturing the younger ones. Nothing serious, just a messy way to pass time. Ah, memories!

Slime was a toy product manufactured by Mattel, sold in a plastic trash can and introduced in the winter of 1976 consisting of a non-toxic viscous, oozing green material made primarily from guar gum.

Different variations of Slime were released over the years, including Slime containing rubber insects, eyeballs, and worms and Masters of the Universe Slime for Hordak's Slime Pit playset in the 1980s.

The late 1970s also introduced a Slime Monster board game; the object of the game was to avoid having your game piece slimed on by a foot-tall plastic monster that had slime oozing from its mouth.

Other toy companies have produced their own slime such as the Ecto-Plazm play gel sold with select figures in Kenner's Real Ghostbusters toyline. Playmates' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figure line also had Retro-Mutagen slime sold in containers and included with playsets.

Chemical components

The main components are the polysaccharide guar gum and sodium tetraborate. As an alternative to the polysaccharide, other alcohol-group containing polymers (such as polyvinyl alcohol) may be used to a similar result. These non-polysacharide polymer products are more often referred to as flubber.

Polyvinyl acetate (Elmer's glue), borax and water can also be used to approximate Slime's characteristics.

My favorite thing about Slime is what I saw written elsewhere: "Says it sold in 1976 for $35.00!!!!! is that true?????" sigh Clearly, it's someone with no sense of money (or redundancy in punctuation). Not many kids had thirty-five bucks hanging around then, when we could see a movie for a buck...

#slime   #toys   #1970s   #growingup  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slime_(toy)
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
When You Were a Kid: Do You Remember What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up?

Early on, I first wanted to be an astronaut, as I was raised during the Apollo years, and was fascinated with space exploration. My second dream was being a writer. I had written stories (and to authors) at a very young age, and I always enjoyed storytelling and writing. Later, I became an English Literature major in college directly as a result of that love of sharing stories. But my biggest dream was to become an architect.

My mom still has drawings I made around ages 7-10 of architectural plans and sketches. Later, when I realized that a mastery of mathematics was crucial to a successful career as an architect (skills which I lacked) that dream died a fiery death. To this day, though, my eye still wanders towards great architecture and architects.

This picture -- A  page from Naturalist John Muir’s notebook during his travels in Alaska in 1879 - reminded me of another lifelong dream: being an artist. I never did have those mad skills artists have of creating beauty and wondrous worlds but to this day, I respect and admire them, and support them. Always...

#whenigrowup   #dreams   #astronaut   #writer   #architect   #artist   #whatiwanttobewhenigrowup   #johnmuir   #sketchbook  

via/ http://inthemake.com/sketchbook-round-up/
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
The Toy I Always Wanted (and Never Got) Was...

Think back to your childhood, and to all those get-together's with Santa each year. What was the ONE TOY you always wished for (and never got)?

For me, I had wished for this huge set piece of Space:1999 one year, and no, the Jolly Man didn't come through that year. Another year, I wished for anything fucking Star Wars and Mr. Claus treated me like dirt. Grrr. So I have to ask the question, and think back to that great scene in The Santa Clause: what game or toy or doll etc did you have your heart set on that The Man In The Red Suit decided to skip you that year on???

#christmas   #santaclaus   #toys   #christmaswishes   #childhood   #childhoodmemories   #growingup   #magicalchristmas  
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
Light Up Arcade Belt Buckle: Traveling Back In Time!

I saw this and I was instantly transported back to the 80s. My brother and I used to hang out at Birdcage Walk in Citrus Heights, California (a suburb of Sacramento).

Birdcage had it all: cheap dollar movies; cool stores with posters and incense; a Pier 1 when they actually had real exotic things; a kick-ass comic book store; a Tower Records (when Tower still existed); a great bowling alley, and one amazing old-time arcade. Man, the quarters we used to squirrel away to be able to play there all day on the weekends. I need to get this for my one and only brother!

#arcade   #bowlingalley   #comicbooks   #dollarmovies   #towerrecords   #nostalgia   #california  
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Your Parents Cars That You Loved or Hated

What cars did your parents have when you were growing up? Which ones did you love or hate?

The 1970s Ford LTD Station Wagon? It rocked. My brother and I rock n' rolled in the far back seats on road trips and never needed silly things like seat belts. We grew up tough! It was always an adventure in that station wagon. Who cares if you got tossed around a bit. We survived!

My dad's Mercedes 240D diesel monster? Eh, it was alright once it got going, but you had to be damn sure you knew where the next Diesel pump was!

The ones I hated? Mom's Monte Carlo, for starters. Kinda wrecked that one by accident once (it was an accident, I swear). Ugly brown. Eeek, couldn't have been worse for high school. But the worst of all? Mom's little ugly, really freakin' ugly 1980s Chevy Monza two-door piece of crap. Had to sit in the backseat? Then you were SOL. That car had no guts, had no styling, and was simply made to be crushed in a car compactor.

#memories   #cars   #automobile   #growingup   #kidslives  
PhotoPhotoPhoto
2015-09-30
3 Photos - View album
Add a comment...
Wait while more posts are being loaded