Friday, April 27, 2012

Brightening Up Our Lives


Show of hands, who remembers the Light Bright?  My grandmother had a Lite Brite and I would spend hours playing with it in the basement.  I loved creating my own pictures and was mesmerized by how the pegs would light up. Well, I was recently reminded of this memory at a friends house over tea.  While we were chatting, she got out a vintage Lite Brite for my kids to play with. Just looking at it put me in a nostalgic trance. . .

. . .so I secretly decided I would buy one.  Now just so you know, normally I only buy my children toys when it is a holiday or birthday.  However, technically this toy was for me and I don't have any rules about that.

 My Little Pony Lite Brite Image

One eBay purchase later, I we had our very own vintage Lite Brite.  It even came with My Little Pony Paper, bonus!  You might be wondering why I went with a vintage Lite Brite since they have updated models now.  The simple answer, it wasn't the same.

16 comments:

Deanna said...

Love it! And I agree...vintage is the way to go!

I have the same buying toys rule, but occasionally find a 'loophole' to break it. ;)

Erica Ares said...

I loved my old Lite Brite! And seriously, if you want to see some incredible Lite Brite video, you should check out this music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8cAU475dQo. Regardless of what you think of the song, the Lite Brite action is pretty magnificent. :)

JustHeather said...

Oh, that definitely brings mack memories! I loved that thing!

Zakka Life said...

Erica Ares,

I just watched the video and it was stop motion is amazing! I love how they incorporated origami into it too with the frog and flowers.

Michelle L. said...

My best friend had one and I didn't - I was jealous. Love that pony graphic!

Zakka Life said...

Michelle L,

You could always buy yourself one now ;)

Jessica said...

My grandmother had one too. I loved it.
A while back they were selling tiny Lite Brite keychains. The pegs were so little! But so fun.

Little Ol' Liz said...

One of the biggest covets of my growing up years was a Lite Brite (and a unicycle). My parents were convinced that if I couldn't be trusted with an Easy Bake Oven (I couldn't) I shouldn't have anything else with a power cord. I have a unicycle (that I don't use), so I guess it's time to search out a Mom-Only Lite Brite!

EllaArkhipova said...

I checked out the newer models and you were right, they just aren't the same. I love it!!!

Steph @ The Silly Pearl said...

Wish I still had my lite brite! Mine was vintage-er than vintage...I remember getting it at a garage sale, even back then!

Kata Phusin said...

What a fun post. I also love your toy-buying policy :)
...just popped over to raise my hand, and say, this post did brighten my morning. It brought back memories of playing with "American toys" when we visited family some summers :)
There were really great toys when we were growing up, so tactile, and revelatory of process!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

oh I remember Lite Brite! I just love "old toys" and it is my exception as well to the general rule. The photo of your daughter is adorable.
I am on the hunt for an old monchichi

Suzanne said...

Two hands up here. My best friend had one and I always wanted to play with it. How cool that you treated your family to this fun experience.

DKB said...

oh, i had one of those. my dad even thrifted some weird black paper so i had tons of 'blanks' to make my own pictures. i wonder if my parents still have it

Zakka Life said...

DKB,

You know, I was wondering if there was another option for paper I could use? I'll have to research that. Thanks for reminding me :)

Anonymous said...

OMG. I totally wanted to buy one a while ago at a sale & my bf thought I was insane so I didn't & now looking at that adorable little pony light up...regret! Haha. -Connie|Daydream In Color

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