Reviews Little People
who doesn't remember playing with the Little People toy sets?
You can spark a serious conversation full of laughs and "Oh,
yeah, yeah, me too.", when you mention any one of the number
of play sets and buildings.
Who had the
school bus, the farm, how about the A-frame? The guy with the
red hat and freckles, yep remember him? How about the black eared
dog? The warm and fuzzy childhood memories abound when you bring
up these very cool, little, wooden (at the time) dudes.
is still located in East Aurora, N.Y., and is one of the leading
brands when it comes to preschool toys around the world. The Company
has a 77-year legacy of high quality toys that enhance early childhood
development. In 1950, two of Herm Fisher's key toy designers created
the "Looky Fire Truck"; it had three round-headed, firemen
permanently attached to it. A Toy Wagon was introduced in 1951,
complete with two bobbing horses and an attached little driver
whose head bobbed up and down, and side to side.
the decade, Fisher-Price introduced a stagecoach, racing rowboat
and sports cars, all of which incorporated the little wooden figures
that provided action when the toy was pushed or pulled along.
These are the guys that would later evolve into the world famous
Fisher-Price® Little People® toys. But the figures remained
built into the toys and not detachable, until
1959 when the very first little Safety School Bus drove onto the
scene. The little wooden peeps got their independence. Kids delighted
at watching the little, wood, peg guys in the bus bump up and
down, and the driver, who never left the bus, turn his head back
and forth while driving around. The driving part was and still
is kid powered, no need for batteries or remotes. This was the
start one of the longest running and one of the most beloved iconic
toy brands to hit the shelves.
They are known
today as the Little People. Since then, more than one and a half
billion Little People figures have delighted millions of children
worldwide. The lil' guys have evolved from wooden figures into
poseable figures that can sit, stand and even hold things in their
March 21st, 2009, the brands official birthday, starts a yearlong
celebration of the Little People. There will be live appearances,
Little People Live on Stage shows and of course new toys. In celebration
of the Little People 50th birthday, Fisher-Price is set to introduce
special limited edition commemorative 50th birthday Little People
play sets. The Little People have stood the test of time. It seems
clear that they will continue to inspire creative, imaginative
play for generations to come.
the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood
educator who believes in learning through play and the value of
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