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I used to laugh at my mum for keeping so much of my old "junk" as there were boxes and boxes of it stored up in the loft which moved with them when they moved from our family home into their new home. However just at this time I was expecting Jack and I was actually quite pleased to go through a lot of mine and my brothers "junk" and a lot of it turned out to be really interesting as it was both a blast from the past and also a lot of stuff that Jack finds really fun and interesting a few years on.
One of the many items that came out of the tons of boxes in the loft was this Original Slinky which was initially my brothers I believe and then it was passes down to me and now has been passed down to Jack. Considering it is a good 25 years old its still in pretty decent shape. There are a few bent sections of the slinky but this doesn't appear to hinder its movement in any way.
I can't say how much it was back in the 80s but I am sure it was a fraction of the price that you can get it for now. Although having had a look online the price is still only a mere £4 odd which does make for a rather cheap and fun stocking filler at Christmas.
The Slinky is a classic toy which is made of a light metal type of material. It is basically a coiled roll of this metal and the idea is that you can push one side of the toy down the stairs or some sort of obstacle course and it will then pull the rest of the Slinky behind it and continue to move in a "Slinky" type of fashion as long as it keeps moving in a downward motion.
I remember spending many an hour on the stairs making this slinky fall down the stairs and I recall being utterly enthralled by the item which considering how simple a toy it is really is quite amazing. I don't think I was assuming Jack would be as interested as I once was due to all the modern toys and computer games that he has been "exposed" to but surprisingly Jack seemed to love this Slinky just as much as I once did. In fact I couldn't help give it a a spin down the stairs myself and found it pretty fun.
I did at one point during my youth get a plastic multi coloured fake slinky from a friend as a birthday gift and wasn't overly impressed with it (due to already having this far better metal one) but I did find the plastic one didn't give the same lovely "ching" noise that the classic Slinky did and didn't move as flowingly. I did of course race them down the stairs and the classic Slinky would win hands down every time (due to the weight I think). The plastic slinky didn't stand the test of time and didn't' make it to the hoards of "junk" mum kept in the loft so I don't know what happened to it.
Overall I think this classic Slinky toy is a really good one and as I said before would make a great stocking filler for Christmas for any child. It surprisingly has a lot of appeal for even modern day children and Jack has spent ages working out little courses for it to travel down and it really has kept him busy for a good amount of time. I think really this is a top scoring product and I am more than happy to award a 5 out of 5 star rating and give it an exceptionally high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I had one of these as a kid, both in original and a multi-coloured plastic. A friend picked me one up for Christmas as a retro gift which was quite cool, but I seemed to be far better at 'slinking' as a child!
The Slinky was invented back in 1943, first marketed in 1945, and was an instant sell-out. It's become very popular and I think many people, myself included, would consider this a classic. When you think about what it really is and what it does, it's quite surprising at just how well-known and popular it's become, even now being re-marketed as retro chic. It's sold over 300 million since it was first launched, so I think it's fair to say it'll be a well-loved, well-worn classic for a while to come.
The Original Slinky is described as a 'walking spring toy it stretches,snaps back and makes the famous 'Slinkity' sound'. It's made from silver metal and although original marketed at children, it's probably more for adults to remind them of their childhood these days! You basically jiggle it around in your hand, get some motion going, then watch it dance down the stairs. There must be other things you can do with this, but the theory is that because it's springy, you can generate motion from it to start, and then it'll keep going by itself downhill.
There is a level of skill required to do this, especially, it seems, when you're an adult. When I got this again at Christmas, my boyfriend and I stood at the top of the stairs and didn't leave until one of us managed to get it all of the way down. A bit stupid really considering there's a small landing and then the stairs change direction. Ideally, use on a straight run of stairs! It takes a little getting used to, trying to create motion in it and picking up just enough loops to get it going. Drag the top few loops and push forwards to try to make it 'walk' down the stairs. Easier said than done it would seem from our attempts. But still, it was amusing enough.
I'd say the metal, original Slinky is fairly robust and durable. The only thing that can irritate with this is that it has a tendency to get tangled, but this is more the plastic versions. If you're going to opt for a Slinky, the Original will probably last you longer and be more reliable.
The classic appeal of this has been recorded by way of its trip into space on the Shuttle, to physics labs and to war in Vietnam (apparently so!). The creation of the Slinky was actually an accident, so it's not done too badly! It's got itself a spot in the Toy Hall of Fame too, so it is something I'd recommend checking out for yourself if you haven't already just for the sake of it.
Would I recommend this as a toy? Possibly not. I think that with something like this, with limited use, it's more of a novelty. Once you've played with it for a little while it's the sort of thing that will end up in a cupboard and not re-appear until someone wants a drunken Christmas game (which, at the top of the stairs, may not be the best idea!). It's a classic that gets a 4 because of its notoriety and ingenious appeal, but it's still quite limited.
Sells for around £5
I love novelty items such as gadgets and toys and to be honest this slinky only ever appealed to me when I saw it in a film years ago.
I was watching Ace Ventura and you saw the main character using a slinky down this huge set of steps and it missed the bottom one and all I noticed was how cool it was to me. I had seen them in the shops before but sometimes when you see something in a store it does not appeal unless you see it in action first.
The slinky is a nice piece of metal which is thin in some ways and designed to be a spring and that is why it does what it does. In case people are unsure what they do the idea is that you put these on a set of steps somewhere and put half on the next step down and the other half on the step above.
You then let go and the spring in the slinky sends it over itself and it continues to go down the steps until it reaches the very bottom. What I used to love about these was that you would try and create obstacles in the way hoping it would stop them.
The metal one was much more versatile then the plastic multi coloured version because it seemed the metal one could not be beaten by anything. I used to try and put toys on the steps and hope it would go over the top off them and when it did it would make my day which was pretty sad really.
There is a point where these sadly become very boring and that is because you use them to do the same thing over and over and when that becomes repetitive it just becomes an average toy.
There was a few small issues perhaps which were not problems to me but I suppose I should mention them and that is if you have a step which has a bump or perhaps a piece of carpet which is kind of lose and has a thread sticking out it can either slow the momentum down of the slinky or alter the course.
They would also frustrate you sometimes you had a set of stairs in a friend's home you would want to show off and it would always stop the last step and you just never knew why.
The other problem is when you store this item away and sometimes this problem happens when you accidentally lose the slinky over a high edge. The problem I am discussing is the tangling up of the slinky which is just so annoying.
I found if this happened with the metal slinky you had a better chance of saving it because if the plastic one got too tangled up you ended up bending the spring formation and it would then result in you needing to purchase a new slinky.
With the metal slinky it seemed much more user friendly as I call it and often seemed far superior to the plastic alternative. They are cheap I saw one online for £1.80 free postage recently and I have no idea how long they have been around for.
They will keep children entertained and to be honest even adults as well no doubt because of the cool feeling they can create. They do have problems but they are more novelty than anything else and the only reason I ever got one was due to a silly movie on television.
Does this bring back some memories or what?
I kind of remember opening my presents on my 6th birthday and being really excited and running down the stairs to get to my presents that my mum always had laid out from the night before, it was just fustrating that I wasn't allowed to open my presents until everyone was up and dressed, and there's me just sitting there waiting with a big grin on my face looking at my mountain of presents. Out of all the presents I got ranging from some very big outrageous stuff like He-man's castle of grayskull and transformers toys (remember them), then I open this box with a big spring in it and I remember pulling a face which caused my parents to laugh and having to show me what it actually did.
This "slinky" is actually an American product created by A Naval Engineer in the early 1940's and has just held it's own reputation since then.
This toy is just a big helical spring that can stretch to an amazing size that will recoil back to its original size that it starts at which can bounce up and down, with the toy being famous for having the ability to walk down the stairs unaided, with it's perfect weight using it's own momentum to keep it moving forwards until there is no more stairs, which it then sits at the bottom, back to how it was in the box, just sitting there.
You place it at the top of the stairs and extend the top of the spring onto the next step down and then the slinky keeps on repeating that pattern over and over again but unaided by you.
Our stairs when I was a kid was perfect for my slinky as it went from top to bottom with no problems, I hear that your stairs have to be of a certain size due to how the slinky needs to be able to hit the stairs and not over shoot, I guess the old style stairs seem to suit a slinky's rhythm.
The products Dimension is 6 x 7.5 x 7.5cm and weighing at 150grams.
If your thinking "how did they come up with the name Slinky" well if you take the "slinky " and stretch it out and snap it back it makes that famous Slinkity sound.
You can buy this from Amazon for £2.99
So it really costs nothing to take this big old spring and have some therapeutic fun.
This slinky kept me entertained for hours, just watching it come down the stairs then running all the way back up and doing it again, it was interesting to watch (apparently). I do think it is a good purchase if your wanting it for your kids as I personally think it is a waste of money (even though it is 2.99) for adults to spend on themselves.
What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkity sound?
A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it's Slinky.
It's Slinky, it's Slinky. For fun it's a wonderful toy.
It's Slinky, it's Slinky. It's fun for a girl or a boy.
It's fun for a girl or boy
I think one of the simplest toys has to be the slinky but despite this it is something that most people had as a child, well apart from my fiance who lived in a bungalow all his life. I had one when I was little, actually I think I had more than one and I'm pretty sure my mum and dad also had one, so it seems that the classic slinky is a part of most households.
As I have said the slinky is a very simply invention. The original slinky's are a thin shiny piece of metal curled tightly into a spring, basically the slinky is just a big spring!!!! The idea of a slinky is to make it walk down the stairs on its own. To do this you simply place your slinky on the edge of the top step, then tip the top of the slinky over onto the next step down. In theory the slinky should gain its own momentum and continue 'walk' down the stairs one step at a time until it reaches the bottom. T hats how it should work anyway, however I frequently that it could take several attempts with the slinky either just rolling down to the bottom of the stairs or just falling onto the next step before you actually got it to 'walk' down the stairs properly.
The slinky seems to fascinate children in the way it smoothly and systematically walks its way down a flight of stairs one step at a time, coming to rest in a neat little coil shape at the bottom, and I have to admit I was one of these children. When I was bought my first slinky I spent ages making it go down my parents stairs, I mean what child wouldn't be its a big spring that can walk down stairs on its own!!!!! However personally I find that this is short lived, once you have spent hours putting the slinky up and down the stairs there is little else you can do with. You can juggle it from one hand to another or hold one end of it and bounce it up and down or even see how far you can stretch it, which is amusing for a while aswell, but now I do feel that the entertainment value of a slinky is short lived.
When my parents were children the slinky's were made of metal as I said at the start, however by the time I had one they were mainly made of plastic. Now a days you can buy slinky's in all shapes nad sizes, they come in a variety of colours some even have animal heads on the ends of them. The price of a slinky depends on the type you buy and also where you buy it from, I have seen them on Amazon for about £2 so a slinky can be bought very cheaply.
I do feel that there are a couple of flaws with a slinky, the first being the fact that they are now mainly made of plastic, there are no where near as hard wearing as the original metal ones, after a little too much twisting, bending and stretching I found from experience that the plastic slinky's tended to snap, now that could just be me being a bit too rough and expecting a little too much form my slinky however I would not have had this problem with a metal one. Now the second one I'm sure most people will agree with - untangling a slinky, the most frustrating and impossible task!!!! Everybody's slinky must have got tangled up at some point, it is one of those things that you don't know how it happened but it just did. Now I would sit there for ages patiently and carefully twisting the slinky round inorder to get it back to the right shape with no tangles, only to get to the end of the slinky and find that all I had achieved was to get the tangled part from one end of the slinky to another, again I am sure this was more of a problem with the plastic slinky's. I would find that at times the slinky was beyond help and that there was no way it was ever going to be the same again, resulting in the purchasing of a new slinky. Lucky they are not too expensive.
Slinky's are an ideal toy for children, despite the short lived excitement, it will give them a few hours of fun watching it walk its way down every flight of stairs they can find, also a slinky can be bought cheaply meaning if your child does get board you have not wasted too much money. I actually have a slinky at the moment (a purple plastic one) I got it 5 years ago when I got my 2 cats, I thought they would love to chase it down the stairs, however to my disappointment both of them were scared of it and would run away as if it was chasing them. I recently tired it with my cat who is now a year old. Whilst she was not actually frightened of it she was not too impressed and looked at me as if to say "what do you want me to do with that" So speaking from experience, pets are not too impressed with this classic toy.
Yet another of my work tools, the original slinky is an asset to my bag. The children I work with love it and it's much more durable than the cheaper versions
The Original Slinky is a strip of very thin metal coiled around to have appearance of a spring; it's not a spring though. The slinky is viewed at its best going downstairs, it does this by tipping itself from stair to stair. If you place it on the top stair and pull the end onto the next step the rest will follow, the last few coils will hit the rest of the slinky and bounce off again tipping it onto the next step down. It only works if your stairs are the right width. My stairs are too narrow and when the slinky tips over it lands on the edge of the step and ends up falling down the stairs, my parents stairs are to wide and the slinky lands then tips once more on the same stair then because it hasn't fallen again it runs out of momentum. I think the slinky works best in a 1930's type semi as the stairs there are perfect.
It's a good sensory toy as the slinky is pleasing visually, with the light highlighting different parts as it moves. It also has a nice relaxing sound that goes with its movement. The feel of the slinky varies you could run your hands along it coiled tightly or lose, if you balance it in both hands then lift each hand in turn and feel the weight distribution changes, keep it rhythmic or faster and slower. If you hold one end still and your child holds the other and moves it from side to side this alters the visual perceptions and the sound.
For anywhere between £3 and £4 it's a great buy. Cost per use: less than 1p and counting.
Who doesn't love slinkys? Mainly people who aren't cool enough.
But my point is, everyone has seen a slinky, everyone has a had a slinky, everyone has got upset when there slinky gets tangled.
I don't have a slinky at the moment but I do remember having one. I'm sure my parents had one and so did their parents probably.
Slinkys = Genius.
Simply coiled up metal that is the cause of hours of fun.
If you can remember how fascinated you were when you first found out it could walk down stairs and that you could pretend to throw it or almost juggle.
First invented in the early 1940's, the slinky has turned out to be one of the ultimate toys. Some companies have modernised it and added colours and other unnecessary things.
You can give these as a joke, or for some purely childish entertainment.
I used to play with one at my cousins house and it would go down all the stairs and end perfectly at the end.
If you feel like it you can put your hand in it and wear it as a bracelet, I don't know why, but it has endless uses.
They don't cost much, definitely under £5 and a great deal of simplistic fun.
If you don't like it, I think you need to learn to let go :) .
If you were to make a list of the all-time classic toys, there?s one simple invention that would have to be on the list the Slinky and now it's back! Invented over 60 years ago, the Slinky is still great fun to flip around, juggle, slide or walk down a flight of stairs. As well as being a nostalgic gift for anyone who grew up playing with one, they still have a timeless appeal that'll encourage inquisitive children to investigate just what a Slinky can do.