Posted on 09 June 2010.
There weren’t too many too innovations in 1956, but a few time tested favorites were released this year, including the popular dice game Yahtzee. (Hundreds of millions of sets of Yahtzee have sold over the years.) Other favorites of the 1950s were still around, including toys that helped children with their imagination – from toy telephones to walkie talkies with limited ranges. Another very popular toy that made its appearance in 1956 is Play-Doh. Every kid wants a pair of Walkie Talkies, and in 1956, Walkie Talkies were a hot toy for young boys. Being able to give one of the receivers to a best friend and talk with them anytime when they were nearby was every boy’s dream. The Walkie Talkies of 1956 did not have much of a range, but they did allow kids to play like their favorite heroes from World War II.
Another simple toy popular in 1956 was the toy telephone. Often, parents could just give a dead or broken telephone to their child to play house or pretend. Some toy companies did produce plastic phones for children, but they weren’t anything like the modern phones of today.
Other Toys From 1956
- Uncle Milton´s Ant Farm – Ant farms aren’t popular much anymore, but they were a big hit in 1956, with many boys wanting one.
- Yahtzee – Edwin S. Lowe created this very popular dice game in 1956. The fun came in yelling Yahtzee when you finally got one.
- Play-Doh – This non-toxic reusable modeling compound developed by Noah W. McVicker and Joseph S. McVicker and introduced by Rainbow Crafts of Cincinnati in 1956
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