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23 classic toys every kid needs

From Lite Brite to pogo sticks, these classic toys stand the test of time.

By Amy Valm

23 classic toys every kid needs

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Rubik's Cube

This twistable puzzle has been stumping kids for years. $16, mastermindtoys.ca


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Radio Flyer classic wagon

The iconic little red wagon is a childhood staple. Made to last, it's great for schlepping kids, pets and toys in style. You name it. $160, indigo.ca


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GoGo Pogo stick

Saftey has changed a lot, but bouncing up and down on a springed stick is still a blast.—just don't forget your helmet! $70, toysrus.ca


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Play-Doh

This moldable, foldable, squishy clay has been rocking the activity table since 1955.. Starter pack, $16, toysrus.ca


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Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head is always in style! Now you can get countless accessory packs and even a whole potato family, too. $13, toysrus.ca

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Magic 8 Ball

Will this future-telling toy be popular for years to come? All signs point to yes. $14, mastermindtoys.com


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Lite Brite

The light-up art easel has changed a bit since it's debut in in 1967—there's new reusable templates and chunky plastic shapes (like stars and suns)—but it's still 100 percent fun. $35, indigo.ca


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Lincoln Logs

These cute pioneer-themed notched logs can be made into Fort Lincoln, a homestead, or whatever your little Laura Ingalls heart desires. $60, toysrus.ca


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Hot Wheels

With new Hot Wheels tracks coming out every year, there's no end in sight for these little race cars. 15-car pack, $20, toysrus.ca


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Glo Worm

The perfect night light, this snuggly friend lights up when squeezed. The latest models even sing a lullaby. $17, walmart.ca


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Fashion Plates

Pint-sized designers can create one-of-a-kind runway designs by transfering mix-and-match plates onto their sketch paper with the rubbing tool. $30, indigo.ca


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Etch A Sketch

Great for car trips or mess-free art, little ones can create works of genius by cranking the dials to the left or the right. Shake it to reveal a clean slate. $30, indigo.ca


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Easy-Bake Oven

Today's mini ovens can create gourmet desserts like doughnuts, cakes and chocolate chip cookies. $70, toysrus.ca


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Cash Register

Fisher Price re-issed their old-fangled register and it's just like you remember. $50, indigo.ca


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Blocks

Blocks are a right of passage, they're fun for stacking, tumbling and spelling out words. Keep the letters of your child's name as a keepsake when they outgrow this classic wooden toy. $50, mastermindtoys.ca


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Barrel of Monkeys

You're heard the expression "more fun than a barrel of monkeys" and it's true. So much joy comes from a plastic tub of hanging monkeys. $8, indigo.ca


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Shrinky Dinks

Kids of the 70s and 80s will remember Shrinky Dinks fondly. With lots of kits to choose from, colour in the flexible sheets, stick them in the oven and watch them shrink down. Pop Art charms kit, $14, mastermindtoys.com


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Silly Putty

The colours and styles have changed (glow-in-the-dark!) over the years, but it's still the same stretchy, squishy putty we all know and love. $2, toysrus.ca


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Simon

This electronic memory game challenges players to repeat it's intricate and quick-moving pattern changes. $30, indigo.ca


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Slinky

Sometimes simple is best. That's the case with Slinky. But after all these years, has anyone figured out how to untangle them? $3, toysrus.ca


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TinkerToy

The building possibilities are endless with this 65-piece construction kit of spools and dowels. The design has changed very little since its creation in 1914. $37, mastermindtoys.com


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Viewmaster

The personal slideshow is back, this time with an exciting trip to Africa, with fish and prehistoric creatures to explore. The coolest part? The images are in 3D. $25, indigo.ca


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Pull-A-Tune Xylophone

Mini composers will love this take-along xylophone. The coloured keys helps with identifying tones, too. $30, indigo.ca


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This article was originally published on Jun 24, 2016
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