As far as my toys when I was a kid...I had my breyers, and I collected horse tack looong before I had a horse, so I played with that aswell. I also (to my mothers dismay) would play with the molding clay my mom had for her crafts:)))
The Husband and I have already decided that our kid will play with the good ole' toys...lincoln logs, legos, old erector sets ect.. thankfully he has a plethora of older family that has kept a bunch of these toys around. And grandpa is a wood worker, so when he is old enough a nice wooden pedal plane is a garantee
He will also be out riding with me as soon as he is old enough to start, and I plan on nurturing his want to help with chores (age appropriate chores obviously).. And I realize I may be a little out there for this, and thankfully we don't have "regular" tv, so it'll be easy: but we plan on only letting him watch the good old shows..lassie, andy griffith, and some of tthe others that I got a kick out of as a kid..
I don't understand why people give their kids cell phones at such a young age..I mean I get it if your kid is say going to the park, and you want to keep tabs (offers a little independance I get it) but to all out let your 10 year old have a cell phone ALL THE TIME.. rediculous. My friend and former roomates daughter has her own cell, and I constantly get stupid chain texts...whenever I reply to tell her to stop, I get replies from other dumb kids with cell phone asking who I am (yay for mass texts!!)..I even got one to tell me her name and where she lived..stupid kid, good thing I am not a pervert!!