Time Magazine has a list of the 100 greatest toys by decade. From the 60s, they mention Lite-Brite, one of my all time favorite toys right up there With Spirograph (not on the list) and Creepy Crawlers (on the list).
I had hours, probably days and weeks worth of fun with my Lite-Brite. It was just a simple screen with slots for pegs. You made the patterns with the colored pegs.
When my oldest son was in elementary school, we got him one for Christmas. He never really spent much time with it. I’m thinking I need to dig it out of the attic.
Not making the list however, was Flea Circus. Another favorite that you can no longer find. This link takes you to a picture of the whole set. But it’s exactly as I remember it. A game of magnetic “fleas” in their own little circus.
Toys and games are different now. They’re either electronic, or based on some Nickelodeon show. Even Legos come in kits. We didn’t have Lego kits, we built our own. And we walked uphill both ways to do it.