Growing up, one thing that really stands out is playing with my toys. Every child has one toy in particular that is their favorite. Mine was my power rangers action figures. Any kid that grew up in the early to middle 90’s was a fan of the power rangers. Every afternoon right after school, I guarantee you that there wasn’t a child sitting in front of the television watching the power rangers. I would have my toys right with me as I watched the show.
With any child’s favorite toy, it becomes a part of them. No matter where they go, the toy tags along. It can be a toy car, an action figure, even a bouncy ball, no matter the case, the toy is yours and no one can take it from you. I believe every child should have a favorite toy. Anyone can have “a toy”, but a favorite one makes it special. Girls most likely have their dolls, while the boys will have either cars or action figures.
My parents were encouraging with me and my power rangers. They would buy me a new toy from the show every week. I had so many; it was hard to play with them all. My Dragonzord was absolute favorite. The legs and arms would move and it made sounds. It had my attention all day long. It got to the point where I would sleep with it as well. The Dragonzord was like my best friend and it went with my everywhere I went.
As I grew up, I grew out of the power ranger phase. All of the toys were beginning to pile up in my toy chest. I went from playing with the power ranger toys all day to playing video games all day. My mother decided it would be best to give the toys away to kids who would play with them. I didn’t really care because I never played with them. Off they went, the toys I spent countless hours playing with, were gone. Today, I realize more than ever that toys are a big part of childhood.
That is why I believe every child should have a favorite toy.
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