Hello! Some of you may have seen last week I did a guest post for thevintagemama.com, if not you can find it here. So the lovely Lydia- The Vintage Mama herself, has return the favour and here it is!
Part of the appeal of the old fashioned days is how much simpler and slower life seemed to be. This is especially true about childhood. That’s why I really love the idea of purposefully filling their days with old fashion goodness.
Here are some ways that you can do the same for your little ones!
Read classic stories
Instead of reading Disney’s version of Bambi or Pinocchio, read the original tales. There are also many abridged classics (we recently read an abridged Oliver Twist), that allows even youngsters to enjoy classic literature.
Listen to children stories on record
Well, not exactly on record…online really, but Kiddie Records Weekly has huge collection of downloadable children stories from the original records; just like the one we listened to as kids!
Simple classic toys
Classic toys like a rubrics cube, a rubber band gun or Candy Land are but a few examples of the simple toys and games that all kids love. Look for them at your local mom and pop toy shop or online at RetroPlanet.com and DuluthTrading.com.
Classic Kids TV
There are quite a few TV networks that now show classic kid’s entrainment that we enjoyed as kids. My boys love Pink Panther, Popeye, Tom and Jerry and the original Transformers. YouTube and Netflix are great places to find more classics like Casper, Howdy Doody and Davey Crocket.
Turn the tunes up
Filling your home and car with timeless tunes is a passive way to give them a taste of yesterday. Currently I’m digging the free tunes at Pandora.com where you can create your own radio station (my favorite is Charles Trenet). You can also tune into my music blips on Blip.fm or find even more classic tunes at PastPerfect.com.
These may almost seem too simplistic, but doing little things like listening to Judy Garland or Mozart and reading Treasure Island do wonders for both slowing life down and loving history.