32 Essential Toys Every '80s Preschooler Had

Or at least played with.

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1. Glo Worm

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With it's soft body design and light-up head, Glo Worm was the perfect preschool kid toy. I mean who else was going to protect you from the monster that lived under your bed? Definitely not the Fisher-Price Little People!

5. Colorforms

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These toys had no business being as fun as they were, essentially they were just reusable stickers. But maybe it was the perfectly cartoony design or the simplicity that had us coming back to play with it? Actually, scratch that, it was the addictive plastic smell that had us hooked.

6. Fisher-Price Medical Kit

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Let's be honest, the only thing you really played with in this kit was the stethoscope. But, bonus, the kit did also make a good storage case to carry around other toys!

7. Gumby

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During the 1980s Gumby had a huge revival, and this stretchy/posable figure was the perfect toy for little kids, as it was virtually indestructible. The one drawback was that, yes, you could eventually pull him apart and expose the wires that made him so darn posable, and maybe poke an eye out.

8. Mini Piano

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This toy provided exactly 20 minutes of fun before you got bored and moved on to another toy -- that is, unless your parents got tired of hearing the annoying beeps and took it away before you had a chance to finish playing with it.

9. Mickey Mouse Talking Phone

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What kid didn't want to talk to Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? Sure, they didn't say anything other then their name, but still you got a Disney character on the phone and it didn't cost your parents two dollars a minute -- looking at you, He-Man.

11. Care Bears

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The Care Bears ruled the '80s, and you want to know why? Because they were created by the greeting card company American Greetings, who pushed them on unsuspecting parents and grandparents, and guilted them into buying them as an "I love you" gift. Plus, their soft bodies and pastel colors made them irresistible to little kids.

13. Fisher-Price Music Box Teaching Clock

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This longtime favorite was supposed to teach you how to tell time, but in reality, it was just fun to wind it up and watch it turn from day to night.

14. E.T. Vinyl Doll

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How big was E.T.? It was like Frozen x The Lion King plus a million. Seriously, it was huge, and of course had a natural appeal toward little kids, which made this vinyl doll (which felt so creepy to touch) a must have.

20. Tree Tots Family Tree House

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This little house was perfectly designed to capture your imagination. It was a tree that with the push of a button (on the top of the tree) revealed a three-room house, that came complete with an elevator, staircase, swing, and garage.

22. Fisher-Price Little People Play Family House

In the '80s, the Little People upgraded themselves to some pretty posh homes (blame the yuppies?). Yes they were the exact same house, but most kids were either Team Yellow Roof or Team Tudor House.

25. Snoopy Sno-cone Machine

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No hot summer day was complete without this classic toy. Sure, it took all your preschool body strength to get three slivers of ice slushy, but all that hard work made it taste extra good.

26. Fisher-Price Magic Burner Play Stove Top Range

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OK, so this probably gives you chills 'cause it looks like the hot plate you had in college, but back in the '80s this bad boy wasn't just a pretend stove, it was a pretend stove that also lit up red!

27. Sweet Pickles Bus

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OK, so this wasn't a toy, but it was shaped like a bus and had a sticker that featured all the characters on it -- which for fans of the book series made it an immediate toy (since no tie-in toy line was ever produced for it).

31. Fisher-Price Parking Ramp Service Center Parking Garage

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This was the ultimate Little People play set (sorry, airport), mainly because you could race the cars down the ramp (with the Little People riding them), but the crank elevator also had its appeal.

32. Big Wheels

Hands down the best toy a preschooler could hope to get and play with. Sure, you probably fell off this thing more times than you could remember, but it really was your first taste of freedom and playing like a big kid.