SQUARES – Lite Brite


When I was a kid, I got a Lite-Brite for Christmas. I couldn’t wait to be creative with this toy. It did not disappoint. I played with it until the bulb burned out. How many of you remember this toy? In the 70’s, Lite-Brite was quite popular. It first hit the shelves in 1967 by Hasbro and sold for $6.95. A 25-watt light bulb sat inside a wide backed plastic box. Printed patterns were on black paper that you attached to the front screen full of small holes in order to punch the colored pegs through the pattern paper. Letters on the paper told you what color peg to punch.

It was described as an “amazing new toy that lets a child color with light”.

I had to go to Walmart over the weekend for glass jars to make Strawberry Jam. While I was there, I went looking for the Lite Brite in the toy section. It took me 20 minutes to find the box as I was looking for a big box they used to come in. When I finally found it, it was a skinny box. Hasbro has designed an old toy with today’s technology. The new Lite Brite is skinny, similar to flat screen televisions. The new version comes with 4 LED bulbs and is battery operated rather than an electrical plug on the original designs. It comes with 6 patterns, over 200 colored pegs and a larger screen. It is still an amazing toy you can color with light, plus purchase refill packs with different patterns. It retails for between $15-$20. $14.97 at Walmart.

Vintage Lite Brite toys in mint condition in the box can sell for over $300.00. Wishing I still had mine!

Day 7 – Squares – “Bright”

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27 Comments on “SQUARES – Lite Brite

  1. My daughters had a Lite Brite and spent many enjoyable hours designing pictures. Sometimes they were so great we hated to dismantle them! This is a wonderful memory…thank you!

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    • Yes, dismantling was the downfall of them. Now you can take a photo with your phone and have the memory. LOL! I guess a disposable kodak would have worked back then, but who would want to pay for developing. LOL! I’m glad to provide a wonderful memory and it was a great one for me too. 🙂

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    • I suppose they were still popular in the 80’s. I did see a lot of nostalgic toys on that isle now that you mention it. I was focused on Bright. LOL! 🙂

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  2. I have never heard of this toy but it looks fab. Even for an adult, I think it would be quite therapeutic sitting creating something with lights (might just be me). Thanks for sharing. Great post. KL ❤

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    • Thank you KL. Well, I don’t know if it made it to the UK. With today’s world, you can certainly buy one anywhere online. I’m sure it is therapeutic and I’m thinking about buying one for me. I still color in children and adult coloring books. LOL! 🙂

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    • Oh that makes me happy! I’m thinking about getting it for my creative granddaughter in June for her birthday. She will be 10. 🙂

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    • Isn’t that the way it is when toys actually get played with? I would guess there were pegs everywhere and you eventually threw everything away. I know I did that plenty with my kids messy rooms. 🙂

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