17 retro playthings that made us feel like arty geniuses

In the olden days, we spent much less time in front of screens, a lot more time making (often quite disappointing) use of art and craft materials.

We’re kind of sad that kids these days may never know the pleasure of melting glass beads to boiling point or doodling all our mum’s shirts with puffy paint masterpieces. Okay, maybe we’re not sad at all, actually!

Click through to see a bunch of your favourite nostalgic creative toys.

1. Fashion Plates

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Arguably the best creative toy of yesteryear, sometimes you could actually pass the resulting pictures off as your own freehand work, if you encountered someone a bit clueless. Fashion Plates 4 life!

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