The Secret Powers of Time, a talk by Professor Philip Zimbardo, I realized I'm just a present/future thinker. I don't spend much time thinking about what's past and, consequently, I don't review the information enough to hold on to the memories.
geometric pattern books. I also remember my Learn to Draw with John Gnagy set. Though I did spend a lot of time using the cool charcoal pencils and strange erasers, I never really learned to draw--a fact I didn't really understand until I got to college.
The other strong childhood memory I have involves the king of all all art supplies--Spirograph (which was cleverly packaged and marketed as a toy, BTW). God how I loved those plastic gears. I think I even had the deluxe set with the odd shaped pieces--one that looked like a tongue depressor, one football shaped and another that was more like a ninja star. I remember being frustrated by the usability of those weird shapes, but it didn't matter because all those circle-y ones were more than enough to hold my attention.
Speaking of Spirographs, if you haven't yet caught the Human Spirograph, you may enjoy this video.