And although I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, I loved Etch-A-Sketch and Spirograph!
You didn't see any dolls or girly-girl stuff, did you?
I had two stuffed Lassie dogs(one big and one small) and the two of them saw me through everything. When girls in our neighborhood got together to play, they brought their Barbies or their baby dolls and I brought my Lassies, a blanket for them to lay on and a brush. When the boys in our neighborhood got together to play, I brought my football and red helmet.
Of my two daughters, only Kiereney liked dolls and had a life sized 6 month old doll that she took everywhere, even to Mass. One cold winter night as we were leaving Mass, I was pulled to one side and asked WHY I didn't have a snowsuit on my baby and only had her in a frilly dress and a blanket, referring to Kiereney's doll and thinking it was a real baby.
So, what toys/books got you through life?