Little Kid Toys In a Big Kid World

trolley my cleaning trolley

Just when I had thought society had told it’s last ‘women in the kitchen’ joke, the children’s toy “My Cleaning Trolley” labeled “Girls Only” was released.

At first I was offended at the sight of the pink cart filled with cleaning supplies that seemed to advocate an outdated ideal of a woman’s place in the household, but then I began to look on the bright side. Imagine having this cleaning trolley, complete with 11 pieces of cleaning glory, available for use in your dorm room. It’s small, compact and pink. I’m loving it.


This made me think about some other kid’s toys that could come in handy for the college lifestyle. Take for example, the Easy-Bake Oven. Genius. Dorm rules state no hot plates in the room, but nowhere on that list does it say no Easy-Bake Oven. Suckers. The delicacies that I produced as a young child have stayed with me over the years, and I now yearn more than ever for a freshly baked chocolate cake. In minutes. Post bar.  If you’re a real entrepreneur, you could start your own dorm room bakery and sell your treats for beer money that week.

barbie jeep

Are you sick and tired of trekking around campus on foot. Aren’t there days that you just want to wear a great pair of heels without having to worry about pedaling a bike? It doesn’t matter what anyone says, you don’t look cool with your pant leg tucked into your socks as you zoom across campus on a mountain bike. But you know what will look cool? Cruising to the library in your shiny, pink open-air Jeep Barbie car. But beware, I believe it’s still possible to get a DUI in a children’s toy.

hoppity ball

Do you remember those huge bouncy balls with the handle that your parents let you go wild on until you inevitably fell off and sustained brutal injuries? Those were the best. Well that bouncy ball is not only a bundle of fun, but also a great exercise tool for your run of the mill door room workout routine. Get thighs of steel without ever leaving your room.

atm machine

Lastly, for those with money-worries, never fear! The Deluxe Children’s ATM was created as the new-age piggy bank for the penny-pinching child.  It comes with an ATM card and a personal pin number that activates the machine and you can withdraw and deposit funds as you see fit. So the next time you are trying to order drunk pizza but realize you spent all your cash at the bars, don’t panic. You’ve got your own money machine at your disposal.

So it looks like I know what items I’ll be asking for on my Christmas list this year. My mom never expected to be making a trip to Toys-R-Us when her child reached the ripe old age of 22. But you’re only as young as you feel, and I’ll feel a lot better when I’m blaring tunes down Campus Dr. in my Barbie Car.



  1. Rosy says:

    Love this article. Too bad everything is so….pink. Although, I live in an apt on campus and we have a full kitchen, I'm really loving the Easy-Bake Oven idea. :]

  2. Angie Marie says:

    Cute article!

  3. Brittany says:

    HAhaha love this article.

  4. erica says:

    I want all of these. NOW.

    love this!

  5. shari says:

    my roomie and i bought an easy bake oven on a drunken 3am walmart trip during freshman year! we had soo much fun with it!

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  8. Shannon says:

    =| OMG end of the world, traditional toys are back! And in PINK! For… WoWW… GIRLS! Honestly, I would rather my daughter play with a cleaning set or an easy bake oven than a mexican doll going off on some grand adventure without even talking to her parents, and some perverted fox always fallowing her around. It's people like this that end up causing FUN toys to go out.

    Someone makes a HUGE deal over something small because they don't agree with it.

    My husband won't go toy shopping because everything has to do with that little brat mexican kid and hannah montanna, lets see… An out of control 5 year old running off with her best monkey friend (haha) and getting fallowed around by a fox, or some spoiled brat who is the daughter of a country star trying to make an image for herself, while putting up underwear pictures on myspace AND giving her 44 year old publicist a lap dance in a night club.


    And a side note, ALL those toys are also made for boys you just have to know where to look.

    But hey, I guess you're right, a girl shouldn't know how to clean a house, she can hire a mexican or slant eye to do it for her when she is married. I forgot about that, disregard this..

    1. Amelia says:

      Shannon, your racism and ignorance is disgusting.

  9. children toys that are brightly colored are the best toys to give to your kids, just make sure they are not made in china *

  10. Ousama says:

    Nov18 I can tell you this is one of the areas that I KNOW I’ve raised my dcelhrin properly, because they never whine, beg, plead to have the newest popular expensive shit they don’t need. They are so simple and easy to please. I buy them some art supplies, some clothes, they prefer books and games that the whole family can play together and some crazy stuff sprinkled in but it makes me so proud. I grew up poor as hell, but I raised my kids to appreciate everything they are given not to expect it. I don’t want spoiled brats.

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