Most of the people my age and older were able to play with this homemade contraption we called "telephone". I don't know if kids still know about this. Anyway, with the technology we have today, kids today might just be hard put to enjoy shallow little thrills like this. My sister made this toy for Marguerite (we have a handmade tradition going on, but we also give store-bought stuff as well) and it is such a hit, not only with Marguerite but with our teenage cousins as well. It really does remind me of my own childhood, of films I saw and books I read that focused on friendships. Kristy Thomas and Mary Ann Spier had it when they were still next-door neighbors (they graduated to flashlight signals later on). Sigh. Longing again for simpler times, lol.