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Making a String Phone

Making a String Phone

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...

Movers & Shakers

Karen Dorn

Tags ball, guardsman, retro, robot, toys, walrus, wind up

Check out this video of the new arrivals wind up Robot, Walrus with his ball and Guardsman doing their thang!!!

Being a Market Trader

There are many ups and downs to being a market trader. The ups being you get to meet some great people and the downs being the unpredictable British weather!

The reason I started up The Forgotten Toy Shop on a market stall was simply because of costs. You only have to pay for your pitch, there are no rates or utility bills like what you get with being in a shop. I would love to have a shop, a place that I could call The Forgotten Toy Shop and one day I hope I can achieve this.

So who knows what Snobs is?

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.

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

Karen Dorn

Tags family, forgotten, fun, games, laughter, together, toys, traditional

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.