I have no hard proof, but I have to believe that the Fisher Price School House was the most ubiquitous of the Play Family sets. it seemed like there was one of these in eery home, and the magnet letters seemed to be on just about everyone’s fridge (I just bought those magnets for my fridge tonight in honor of this classic playset). What could possibly be better than playacting learning in a little red school house? It’s kind of a nostalgia in toys back in the 70s, dreaming of a time when school and learning wasn’t framed on the scale and infused with a test-based logic that suffocate and possibility of play. As an edtech loser, I should have the little red schoolhouse on my desk as a constant reminder of what the internet provides us, a way back.
And as a compelement to my last posts on all things Fisher Price Play Family sets, here is an image of a number of these amazing toys from the 1976 JC Penney Xmas Catalog.
Image credit: Wishbook’s “1976.xx.xx JCPenney Christmas Catalog P357”