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5 Gift Ideas to relive those childhood memories

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Most people think that when they grow up then they can’t enjoy toys anymore. This is not true. Toys and games are great for any age to play. And what’s great is teaching the younger generations the games we you used to play.

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Making a String Phone

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One thing I remember doing as a child was making string phones with my friends. They were so much fun and could never work out how they managed to get the sound from one cup to the other along the string. Obviously now a days phones are all cordless so the very thought of something having string or cord to make it work is alien to the young generation. So on this wet miserable Monday I decided to show Zach how to make a string phone.   What you need: 2 empty paper cups or if you have 2 empty tin...

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It's all Conkers

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As we approach in to the Autumn months it can only mean one thing! It's time to play Conkers.

Conkers is a traditional children's game in Britain and Ireland played using the seeds of Horse Chestnut trees—the name 'conker' is also applied to the seed and to the tree itself.

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So who knows what Snobs is?

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You've all heard of, if not before played the game Jacks but who has heard of Snobs?

Snobs is a traditional children's game played the world over for which there is no formal organising body. Consequently, rules vary from country to country and place to place.  

The game is also known by a variety of names including JackstonesChuckstonesDibsDabsFivestonesOtadamaTally and Knucklebones.

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A Blog about the Owner (i.e. me)

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Hello! I thought I'd better give a quick blog about me.

I'm Karen, the owner and creator of The Forgotten Toy Shop. I am a strong believer that children should stay children for as long as possible and to keep the magic of childhood memories alive.

So a bit about me. I live in a village on the outskirts of Nottingham, UK, with my partner and our crazy Labrador dog, Flynn. I have had quite a few different careers in my adult life, from a Computer Support person, Graphic Designer, to Hotel Duty Manager, oh and not forgetting a stint as a cook whilst travelling in Australia. But one thing stayed the same during all the different careers and that was always listening to the customer and providing the service they required.

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