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  •  My husband and I grew up in the late (7+ / 0-)

    60s and early 70s so we had a bunch of them. My father was excessively protective and never bought anything that was rated as age appropriate at the local Toys-R-Us. And these age appropriate things were:
    a wood burning kit which I got at 8 years old and made many things out of burning myself pretty bad at one time (I have a dated picture of me making a small jewelry box dated 1973 when I was 9)

    a candle making kit with a hot plate which I got at 9 years old. I was making candles (unsupervised as there were no warnings to do so and parents were so cautious then) and my mother called me to help her with something. 10 minutes later there was an actual fire in my father's workroom which contained all kinds of explosive chemicals- paint thinner, spray paints, oil based stains, leaded paints (before they were banned), motor oil, starter fluid. My uncle who was just home from Viet Nam put the fire out just as the fire was licking at the ceiling rafters.

    I was also a majorette and was taught how to twirl the fire baton at 10 years old (a really bad idea for a kid with very curly long hair.)

    My husband had BB Guns at 8 years old, a pump pellet gun at 9 and he and his brothers had yard darts (for which they had no compunction against throwing at each other), and Hot wheels with lead paint as were any metal toys we had then. His brother had a 22 rifle at 11 years old.

    And we both had the Chemistry sets that came with all kinds of nasty toxic crap.

    The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

    by ferallike on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 03:11:25 PM PST

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    •  I had a wood burning set at 6 also, (7+ / 0-)

      but unlike you I never had the patience to actually complete a project with it.  At the time I got it (ca 1955-6) toy makers weren't required to label toys for appropriate age, so it was up to parents to make those decisions.  

      I came across a number of interesting links on the development of the age recommendations we're accustomed to today while researching this diary, but as it developed I wasn't able to work them in without taking off on a long tangent that threatened to make the diary much longer than it already is.  A little googling ought to pop up some of them.

      I think I got a BB gun about the same time -- I know I was so young and weak had a hard time cocking it.  It was the classic Red Ryder just like in the movie.  I got a 16-gauge shotgun at about 14, but had been using a hand-me-down 410 and a 22 rifle for a few years before that.

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

      by dsteffen on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 03:23:35 PM PST

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      •  Speaking of BB guns (8+ / 0-)

        I remember the "pest hunts"we did for ag class when we were in the first couple of years of high school.  after we shot the actual pests, we'd break out the "puff puff" guns as we called them and commenced the BB gun fight.  One kid had a pump gun and the rule was only two pumps.  we'd get him pinned down behind some bales of hay and you'd here ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk at which point we would start yelling "ONLY TWO!!! ONLY TWO!!!!"

        My bb gun was a daisy as I recall.

        WWJD - for a Klondike bar. Sign on a graduate student's door.

        by Hard to Port on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 03:31:55 PM PST

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        •  Hah! (3+ / 0-)
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          One of my room mates in university had an air pistol he used to hunt cockaroaches. He never did dishes or emptied the trash, and eventually it occured to me he had worked out the perfect insectocuter ecosystem.

          Ask me about my daughter's future - Ko

          by koNko on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 06:12:36 PM PST

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