Who knew a box full of plastic circles could make a little kid so happy?
Spirograph was the closest I ever got to doing well in math – put
out by Hasbro it is a “geometric drawing toy that produces mathematical
I don’t know about that, but I do know that by spinning my colored pens
around and around inside the circular guides, I was able to create the
most intricate, artistic, beautiful designs.
I loved to draw and do art projects, but there was really no skill at
all necessary to create these masterpieces. You simply spun the colors
onto the page by going in circles, then layering it with other sized
colors and circles.
Eventually you had deigns such as this:
Almost as cool as the toy itself I loved the intricate little tray that
came inside the box to hold the various circles and pens. All red and
shiny and plastic, perfectly organized to bring to Grandma’s house on a
Sunday afternoon, I would slip chunks of paper under the tray so
everything was all together and ready to go.
I made a bazillion of these Spirograph pictures and handed them
out willy-nilly to my parents, teachers, relatives, friends, neighbors
and strangers on the street complete with a big bubbly “LOVE, LORI” in
the lower corner. I was an artist and had to sign my work.
But just like my loom (where I was making enough potholders to outfit a
school cafeteria) I eventually tired of my Spirograph, it made its way
to the toy graveyard underneath my bed (yes, along with the loom.)
Spirograph never really went away, you can still get it pretty much
anywhere, it’s at toy stores and
here on amazon.
I kind of want to get it again, thinking about doing that repetitive
motion inside those little plastic circles again sounds soothing and
Plus, I could use some new artwork for my walls! And I’m guessing my
kids would love it and be hypnotized and amazed, just like I was back in