The main toy box was filled with wooden blocks, empty pill bottles, a few odds and ends, and then our most prized toys; a Fisher Price ABC set, and pull along shoe shape sorter.
Books, games, and puzzles were an important addition to the things we enjoyed. And then there were also the simpler things such as; spinning buttons.
When ever we opened a bag of feed we used to save the string that had been used to sew the top shut. Mom would use a piece about three feet long and thread it through two holes of a large button and tie the ends in a knot before handing it to us. Holding the ends we would spin it until it was wound tightly, then by moving our hands together and apart the button would spin making a delightful whirring sound. The bigger the button the better.
A word of caution: Keep hair away from spinning button.