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10 Toys Parents Loved That Kids Still Play With

Did your favorite toy make the list?

September 10, 2019

When you think of the toys kids play with today, you probably think toys full of technology. But some toys from back in the day are just as popular as they were when we played with them when we were younger. 

Play Doh, Mr. Potato Head and Trolls have been named as the toys most likely to stand the test of time, according to new research.

The study of 2,000 American parents examined the toys adults played with as children and which toys are still played with by their kids today — despite a digital revolution.

Other top toys that have been played with throughout the ages and continue to enchant today’s kids include toy phones, bicycles, teddy bears, water blasters and plastic animals.

And whether you grew up in the '80s, '90s or beyond, people can't get enough of board games — Guess Who?, Scrabble, Monopoly, Candy Land and the Game of Life all made the top 30 things played with by both parents and children when growing up.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mr. Potato Head, who has undergone several iterations of his own, the survey revealed that adults are kids at heart since they still love playing with toys.

Nearly half of parents said their favorite childhood toy is still on the market in some version and 84 percent of those plan on or have purchased that toy for their child.

A favorite toy doesn’t hog the spotlight for long though, since the average “lifespan” as the most-loved toy is 11.3 months.


1. Play Doh
2. Mr. Potato Head
3. Trolls
4. My Little Pony
5. Furby
6. Puzzles
7. Toy phone
8. Bop It
9. Building blocks

10. Bicycle

My favorite toy when I was a little girl was anything Barbie! I had the dream house, horse stable, camper, dance club, pool, and multiple cars for my Barbie dolls. There was an entire room dedicated to my love of Barbie. I am actually surprised that wasn't on the list. 

What was your favorite toy back in the day?