I like technology as much as the next guy, but watching my toddler zoom around on my iPhone, summoning videos and Lady Gaga songs with a flick of his finger made me nostalgic for more imaginative playthings. All of these retro toys are available now, for those who are similarly wistful or just want a few toys in the house that don’t light up or make noise.
Classic neighborhood trolley from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, $61, Psychobaby (1630 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-772-2815),
Retro changeable disc camera, $16, Twinkle Twinkle Little One (3224 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-472-3000),
The Original Snoopy Sno Cone Machine, $19.99, PerpetualKid.com.
Inchworm by Radio Flyer, $54.99, from Chicago-based Radio Flyer (RadioFlyer.com).
Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, $19.99, available at Target (target.com).
Original Colorforms set, $30, UncommonGoods.com.
Lincoln Logs Shady Pine Homestead set, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son John Lloyd Wright, $39.99, America’s Best Train (865 Maplewood Dr., Itasca, 630-467-1102).
Classic Mystery Date game—(will be be a dud or a stud?), $25.96, Barnes and Noble (barnesandnoble.com).
Fisher-Price Chatter phone, $12.99, Meijer (meijer.com).