I remember as a child desperately hoping that I would get a Spirograph Set for Christmas.
I was fascinated to create some of the gorgeous designs that this toy allowed even little kids like me to draw. Everything contained in the kit appealed to me – the little rings and wheels, the colored pens and even the special storage tin.
While I didn’t get to see (and yearn for) a Spirograph Set until a little later, the original toy was first exhibited in 1965. It borrowed its concept from an invention of the late 1800’s.
Recently, I was taken on a wonderful trip down nostalgia lane when I found a brand new Spirograph Design Set in store.
I discovered that a modern verson of the toy had been relaunched in 2013 by Kahootz Toys, and within a year had became a Toy of the Year finalist in two categories, almost fifty years after it originally won the same award.
What is a Spirograph?
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of playing with one, a Spirograph is a drawing toy which allows the user to create stunning, geometric patterns.
It consists of an intricate set of plastic interlocking gears, rings and shapes. You plan your design, and secure your paper on a heavy, sturdy backing. Then you put the tip of one of the special pens into a hole in one of the shapes and you start to move it. As one shape rotates within other shapes, a beautiful geometric design is created. You can add colors, and change shapes and sizes. The possibilities are endless.
I am so excited that the newly released Spirograph is now as popular as ever. It’s wonderful to see children being allowed to use their imaginations, and to develop their fine motor skills and their artistic flair.
That Christmas long ago, I did receive a Spirograph Set, and I loved it just as much as I’d hoped I would. Now I’m a mom, and this year, I know exactly what I’m getting my daughter for Christmas.
I just hope she’ll let me play with it!