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4 Vintage “Toy Cards” for Kids

My brother-in-law picked up these very clever, vintage cards at a garage sale, and passed them along to me. They are called “toy cards” because every one doubles as a play thing for a kid. A greeting card that’s also a toy.

It’s such a throw back to simple living, when a kid was amused with a recyclable paper craft. That’s not entirely my point, but really. These are just made of paper and can provide hours of entertainment without taking up any space or creating waste.

4 Vintage Toy Card Samples

The Get Well Train vintage toy car for kids. set up the tri-fold card and toss a paper disc.

The Get Well Train vintage toy car for kids. set up the tri-fold card and toss a paper disc.

The disc reads “This one should give you a jolly good try” on one side and “This one should make all your illness just fly” on the other side. Notice that the train card has points marked on the card. So if it lands on the seal’s ball you get 10 points. If it lands on the wide smoke stack you get 25 points. This is my favorite one. I can just see a little boy sitting up in bed to play with this.

vintage toy card with tracing paper to draw the line art characters and color them in.

vintage toy card with tracing paper to draw the line art characters and color them in.

The front of this card reads, “Trace away your illness.” Inside as you can see above it comes with a few small sheets of tracing paper to trace the little animal characters. This would be an easy DIY card that you could send someone and it would cost almost nothing. Because it’s tracing paper, the kid could even create scenes! Again, hours of fun without cost, clutter or waste.

Vintage toy birthday card for kids that is also a mask they can wear.

Vintage toy birthday card for kids that is also a mask they can wear.

The front of this card reads, “Guess who is wishing you a very, very Happy Birthday?” Then when you open it up it looks like a pop-up card – which it is – but there are little holes on the edge of the cards where you can add string to make the card a play mask for kids. How fun!

Stop Being Sick vintage toy card comes with a whistle for kids to play with.

Stop Being Sick vintage toy card comes with a whistle for kids to play with.

Inside the card reads, “Now every time you hear this whistle, it means another wish for you to feel better.” I can see how this would be useful for a sick kid to also alert his or her parents if they needed something. And then I can see it being annoying. I’m impressed; the whistle is made of metal.

This box of truly ingenious cards contains 8 of the original 12. I wanted to capture them here so you might be inspired to make your own. I also wanted to have record of them so that I may now give them away and not keep them trapped in a box in a closet. They are too special not to share!

Wishing you all well!

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One Response to 4 Vintage “Toy Cards” for Kids

  1. Lucy Schmidt February 22, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    Those are just ttttooooooo much fun!! I remember some pop-up cards that doubled as masks when I was a kid, but I’m sure my brothers, sister and I either wore them out or tore them fighting over who was going to play with them. What a great brother-in-law to have your interests in mind and be on the lookout.

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