Isn’t it odd, how we don’t really think about buying toys or games througout the year – only when it’s a birthday or Christmas. Yet our childhood is formed to a great extent by these marvellous inventions! I so well remember my trips into town with our grandmother – she used to take us regularly for new skipping ropes, bouncy balls, five jacks, hoola hoops. She was a great believer in fresh air in the lungs for children – and playing outdoors in all weathers. We were ushered outside into the enormous garden early every day and allowed to built camps, play make believe games – playing doctors and nurses with all our toys lined up in the ‘waiting room’. I went ot my local toy store to buy a 2 year old’s present – oh what fabulous fun I had. The staff were fantastic and showed me lots of nurturing and imagination games. I nearly camped there overnight!