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15 Best Retro Toys That Will Keep Kids Engaged For Hours

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Over the last few years, there has been a renewed interest in toys and games from decades ago, in part due to adults that may now have children of their own and want to bring back fond memories whilst also creating new ones with their family.

The nostalgia that comes from old school toys is a welcome feeling and many of the toys that first came out in the '60s to '90s are still just as enjoyable when played with today. These old toys range from classic wooden varieties right through to handheld electronics but what you consider retro toys will ultimately depend on your age.

Our vintage toys list includes toys, games and other items that any family will want to add to their retro toys collection.

To find more toys that kids will love, take a look at these kids' pool tables and these wooden baby toys.

Our Top Choice

Hasbro Gaming Simon Game‍

Old or young, this repeat the pattern game is simple yet addictive. Starting slowly, the suspense builds as the combinations slowly get more complicated and remembering the sequence becomes more tricky.

  • Price: £23.83
  • Age: 8+
  • Batteries included

Best For Families On A Budget

HTI Combat Force Jumbo Army Pack‍

These vintage toy soldiers are great for hours of imaginative play. The figures are all posed differently and hold a variety of weapons, and there are two distinct troops so that battles can be created between two or more players with ease.

  • Price: £6.85
  • Age: 3 +
  • Includes soldiers, tanks, tent and fencing
  • 2 colours for easy battle play

Best For Bestsellers

Rubik's Cube 3x3‍

The world's number one selling puzzle had to be included in this retro toys list. It is challenging and sometimes infuriating but anyone who plays it will be captivated for hours on end trying to make each face full of all one colour.

  • Price: £9.99
  • Age: 8+
  • 43 quintillion combinations but just one solution
  • Smooth twisting mechanism
  • Coloured plastic faces

Best For Electronic Games

Bandai The Original Tamagotchi ‍

This retro virtual pet will keep any child engaged for hours while they grow it from egg to adult by feeding it, playing with it, checking its health and even disciplining it. A simple interface with just three buttons makes it incredibly easy to use.

  • Price: £18.53
  • Age: 8+
  • Batteries included
  • Comes on a chain
  • Includes a character game

Best For Retro Arcade Games

Atari Flashback X Retro Console‍

This mini version of the original Speedlink SL-650212 features a huge range of classic arcade games. Whilst kids might be used to all singing, and all dancing game graphics, they are guaranteed to still see the appeal of this great retro system.

  • Price: £29.99
  • USB cord
  • 1 A battery required 

Best For Family Gaming

Hasbro Battleships Game‍

This classic naval combat game brings together strategy, memory skills and competition in order to find your opponents ships and sink them whilst keeping your ships afloat.

  • Price: £23.99
  • Age: 7+
  • 2 portable cases for playing anywhere
  • Advanced play options

Best For Board Games

Hasbro Mouse Trap Game‍

Another great board game that's worth adding to the collection, in Mouse Trap players must be the first to get six pieces of cheese without being trapped in the basket! A fast paced, quirky game that's fun for the whole family.

  • Price: £19.99
  • Age: 6+
  • 2 to 4 players
  • Helps develop decision making skills

Best For Outdoors

Swingball Classic All Surface

If you want a bat and ball game with a twist, Swingball just might be for you. Rather than the ball flying free, it is attached to a cable and players hit it back and forth in a competitive fashion. This version is suitable for all surfaces and when finished, it can be packed back away into the base for easy storage.

  • Price: £29.99
  • Height adjustable
  • Packs into base to take anywhere
  • 1 to 2 players

Best For Getting Creative

Etch-A-Sketch Classic‍

This is one of those retro toys that provides entertainment for hours and hours. Children use the two dials to create a picture and when finished, they simply shake it to take it back to a blank canvas.

  • Price: £39.99
  • Age: 4+
  • Operated with 2 dialS

Best For Mini Artists

The Original Spirograph‍

Originally designed for mechanical engineers, the Spirograph makes it easy for kids to create beautifully intricate patterns in just a few moments. Once the outline of the design has been drawn, they can enjoy colouring it in to make a full-blown masterpiece.

  • Price: £13.63
  • Age: 8 +
  • 30 piece set
  • Easy to learn and use
  • Design guide included

Best For Under 5s

Fisher Price Classics Cash Register Toy‍

This vintage toy shop cash register is ideal for roleplaying. Kids can pretend to be a shop clerk by ringing up items from a basket and asking their customers to pay for their goods. It is also a great way for children to explore currency and counting.

  • Price: £23.99
  • Age: 18 months+
  • Includes coins

Best For Role Play

Learning Resources Pretend And Play Post Office‍

With this fold away Post Office front, children are free to let their imagination lead their play. They can roleplay shop scenarios where customers need to pay to send letters, sign licenses, check collection times, exchange currency and so much more.

  • Price: £29.11
  • Age: 3-7
  • 167 piece set including stamps, money, postcards, open/closed sign and weighing scales
  • Wipe clean materials
  • Helps develop communication, literacy and numeracy skills

Best For Plastic Free Toys

Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stacker Classic Toy

If you like antique toys, this one isn't quite old enough but variations of it did start to appear on shop shelves in the '60s making it somewhat of a classic. It engages young children with the colourful rings that are designed to stack in size order and they are a great way to introduce colours, shape and counting.

  • Price: £5.99
  • Age: 18 months+
  • 8 wooden pieces

Best For Learning To Walk

Early Learning Centre Wooden Toddle Truck

If you prefer old-fashioned toys over newer plastic alternatives then this wooden toddle truck might be one to add to your basket. It helps toddlers to balance and walk while they push it along and has blocks of different colours and shapes that children can use to build and count with.

  • Price: £31.99
  • Age: 1-6
  • Comes with a collection of 24 blocks
  • Has a sturdy handle and bar with wooden beads

Best For Car Lovers

My First Scalextric‍

For many, when they think of vintage toy cars Scalextric will spring to mind. This version, which is ideal for younger children, allows you to pay homage to the original version while two miniature cars are raced around the track. The track is easy to assemble into a figure of eight as it has colour coded lanes and each piece is simple to connect to one another. Once the racing is over, you only need a few moments to take it back apart for easy storage.

  • Price: £39.99
  • Age: 3+
  • Mains powered
  • Colour coded track pieces for easy assembly
Written By
Jade Scott

<p>Hailing from London, Jade now calls Lincolnshire home and enjoys the serene countryside that surrounds her. She has a wealth of experience as a primary school teacher, possessing a strong understanding of the curriculum, games, activities, and learning opportunities for children aged between 3-11. Jade is constantly on the lookout for new outdoor adventures and educational attractions to share with her two nephews. Her interests in science and crafts also enable her to provide fun, engaging, and educational activities for children to enjoy on rainy days. With a passion for discovering new experiences, she is always seeking out the latest deals and attractions to ensure a memorable time for all.</p>

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