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Christmas toys of 1969: Playplax to plasticine

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Whether it's building, drawing or sculpting, creative kids have lots of activities to choose from when making up their lists for Santa Claus in 1969. Among the toys the Canadian Toy Testing Council is recommending for this year is Playplax - a colourful set of notched acrylic squares and cylinders for budding architects to assemble into unlimited designs. Spirograph, a drawing set for making complex mathematical images, is also a good choice, says the council's Jasmine Pocock in this CBC-TV clip. And, for junior sculptors, trusty Plasticine continues to be a great gift.

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Dec. 3, 1969
Guest(s): Jasmine Pocock
Host: Adrienne Clarkson, Paul Soles
Duration: 8:13

Did You know?

• Since 1952 the Canadian Toy Testing Council has handed over the task of evaluating playthings to the toughest critics of all: kids. Based in Ottawa, the non-profit council recruits children to play toys that are new to the Canadian market while their parents report on how the toys are used.

• According to a 2008 article in the Globe and Mail, the council distributes 400 to 600 toys to about 1,000 children of all ages for testing. Each toy stays with a family for six to eight weeks before moving on. 




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