Snips & Snails and Sugar & Spice & All Things Nice

Does the heading puzzle you?  Well, if you were born in the 50s, 60s, 70s or maybe even in the 80s, you would know that it comes from a nursery rhyme. It seems like a lifetime ago since I heard little ones reciting nursery rhymes, or even playing games like we, all once used too. Children of today are surrounded by technology and focus more on using their fingers than running and playing outside.  How life has changed! This can be seen in the way that the toy industry has evolved. Let me share some interesting facts:

  • In the 1940s, children played games like Red Rover, Blind Man’s Bluff, Hopscotch and marbles.
  • In the 1950s, the slinky toy was a hit along with Pogo Stick and Mr & Mrs Potato Head.
  • In the 1960s, Casper the friendly ghost was a must and the first action dolls for boys were available.
  • In the 1970s, the skateboard scene started, and so did the first electronic toys enter the market.

However, the 1970s was a turning point for children and the way in which they would play. The Toy Museum in Stellenbosch is the perfect place to go and to witness for yourself how times have changed over the decades. Why not spoil yourself, your children and even take granny and grandpa along to visit the Stellenbosch Toy Museum.  Experience squeals of delight as you recognise toys you had or longed to have as a child. This entrancing world will make you feel like a child all over again!

The museum boasts a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, doll houses which are fully furnished, cuddly toys, dinky cars, Victorian era perambulators, which were also known as carriages; but are now commonly known as prams and every other toy imaginable. They have a vast selection of life like miniature trains and railway lines which includes stunning scenery such as the Stellenbosch railway station.  The focal point in the railway section has to be the Blue Train display.  There is no other miniature Blue Train in SA. The train travels from a miniature Stellenbosch, passing through the Winelands, over the mountains to Karoo and back again to Stellenbosch.

Many other tourist attractions in Stellenbosch include the vast variety of hotels and vineyards on display. The lush vineyards of Devon Valley are only a few minutes’ drive from the Stellenbosch toy museum and is the perfect place to sit and relax. The stunning views from the hotel’s terrace is ideal for a family to sit and taste the elegant wines on offer and to taste the highly rated food.