Nineties were simpler times. There were no compulsions to carry smart phone, the TV showed a handful of channels, and the air outside was not so filled with smog. Children used to play outside. The toys were also tailored to provide entertainment and workout to children at the same time. From street cricket to hide-and-seek, almost all children’s games in the nineties involved some kind of physical activity. The toys were also simpler and had straight meanings, encouraging creativity, promoting friendship and giving rise to friendships. The past two decades have massively changed all of this. From games to toys, everything has almost transformed into solitude promoting, comfort oriented options. However, those born in the nineties perhaps had the best childhood ever. There was just the right amount of technology and just the perfect mixture of outdoor activities. If you are a nineties kid then this list is going to take you to a serious nostalgic trip, and we assure you that you would be familiar with ten out of these ten toys that were all the rage in the nineties.
We still remember the strawberry pink, melon green, lemon yellow, and cherry red markers, do you remember them too? One of the most prized possession of every 90s kid, these markers brought out our inner artist who drew and painted better than Picasso. We decorated our home work, made birthday cards for our friends and farewell cards for our teachers. We had those Dear Diaries to get memory notes from our classmates when we graduated a class, and every friend was supposed to choose a different color. How many hours have we spent finding just the right red heart, or purple berry, or orange basketball patterned marker to add to our drawings. The one kid who always had these markers and stamps was the coolest kid in the class. Then there were milky pens and those gifts from heaven – the glitter pens. To be honest, many of the nineties kids still haven’t gotten over the stationary obsession and the euphoria of having a collection even if we rarely ever use them.
Every 90s kid grew up with Lion King, Hercules, Pocahontas and Mulan. In their 20s now, the nineties kids still find themselves sobbing at the death of Simba and the disappointment faced by the son of Zeus in his endeavors to greatness. There was no Netflix back in the day, internet used to be dial-up and available to far fewer kids than modern times. The primary recourse for electronic entertainment used to be just these VHS tapes. Remember the sound that those VHS boxes made when you opened them, especially for the first time? And oh my god, the rewinding! Sticking fingers inside that pokey hole to rewind the tape, or using a pencil, because we just couldn’t wait for the VCR to rewind them for us! If you are a nineties kid, “Be kind and rewind before returning” was probably the first written communication you indulged in while lending your precious VHS tapes to your friends. All those sleepovers and birthday parties with our friends were simply not complete without one of these movies, and the only way we could watch movies was through these tapes.
If you are a nineties boy, chances are you had a huge collection of Dinky toys, especially those racing cars. And if you are a girl born in the nineties, your room was probably packed with the Barbie collection, the makeup kits and the dozens of dresses you could change your Barbie into and take along. You just had to have one of these at least, to feel that you have enough toys. You know what’s the tragedy with these, however? The Dinky cars have stopped manufacturing, and Barbie has become so politicized that their toy-element is now left far behind. Anyway, since nostalgia is already making us sad, forget about today. Let’s revisit how delightful it used to be when we took our cars to play dates and raced with our friends, or had a girls’ day in and threw a tea party with our Barbie friends. Some of us also had a taste for collecting creepy crawlers; those dangerous and scary looking plastic insects that we used to hide in our friends’ bags or in teachers’ desk drawers and had the laugh of our lives when they screamed in the middle of classes.
This was the closest we got to feeling like a rock star performing on a stage with lights blinking every time our foot touched the ground. Walking around, especially in a dark room, we were invincible in those boots. Kids are not half as interested in shoes as adults, but back in the day these light up shoes made shoe shopping such an entertaining experience. Every nineties kid owned at least one pair of these sneakers and wore them to school to show off. It was almost exclusively red light that came out of our feet as we walked the earth and claim our greatness, but some kids managed to get blue and purple light up sneakers as well. They were the band leaders, while the rest of us in red light up shoes followed their rhythm and danced to the tunes of life.
Except perhaps pillow fights, there is nothing as enjoyable as these super soakers. Water guns were the much safer and much more entertaining alternative to paint ball guns of today. The nineties kids who grew up with this weapon of choice would still probably choose this as the first line of defense. From simple fruit shapes like banana and melon to more elaborate forms of little water tanks, these guns could kill boredom on any summer afternoon, and provide a healthy workout at the same time as well. Today’s kids will never understand the pleasure of hiding and shooting water spree on the opposite team, while pretending to be police officers and gangsters in the process. Water guns were the mental sketch for every 90s kid and the perfect form of exercise and fun without any risk of injury involved. Some kids were more mischievous than others, of course, and added water paints in these guns to leave a proper mark that their target had been hit with water. You know who you are, you little devils!
Most of the 90s kids’ first crushes was someone who roamed around the school with walkman and headphones. This was the coolest gadget to have. Back in the day it was still the cassettes and walkman, and you had to choose your choice of songs carefully. In fact, mix tape – custom made recording of songs – was one of the most precious gifts to give to a friend or a loved one. The fact that walkman was one of the first toys available to nineties kids that guaranteed exclusivity made it a coveted possession to have. You could sit in a group of people, just put your walkman on, and leave on your own journey of music, indifferent to everyone around you while they ogle you in admiration and envy. The bigger the headset, the higher the ‘cool factor’! Oh boy, those were the days!
The childhood version of being a billionaire – owning a game boy, a Nintendo 64, and then the Play Station! You had any of these, you had it all. The nineties kids reading this article, how many of you remember to have been thrown out of classes because you were playing with these gadgets instead of focusing on class work? More often it was not the fact that you were playing, but that the teacher heard the signature music noise. Every single nineties kid who ever held one of these in his or her hands remembers the annoying squeaky music that it made. But back then it meant that you had won the level, so it was the most beautiful tune one could ever imagine. There was one play station at home for all siblings, unlike individual iPads today, so siblings had to decide on the turns and the time each one would have with the console. The multi-player option had been the source of several severe fights and also patch-ups among the kids born in the 90s.
Little girls love jewelry, and young boys just have to look cool, no matter what. There was nothing that said delicate jewelry and cool wrist band at the same time as this strange invention of the slap bracelets. Nineties kids would remember, it hurt like crazy!!! But we still just had to have it. Multi-patterned, colorful, all in the same size, fitting everyone’s wrist perfectly, these slap bracelets were perhaps also the first thing we did to define our group of friends. During lunch hours, your entire group just had to be wearing the same designed bracelet to be allowed in the lunch group, and every group had its own gang-slap-bracelet. Considering that many schools did not allow any such thing with the uniform, it was quite a thrill to hide the scale in your pencil box, until lunch time when you took it out, slapped on your wrist, and bam! You’re the cool gang member. Some children were of course more creative who weaved signature bands, but the thrill of getting one of these was still matchless.
Even before Nokia 3310’s snake game was in existence, this was the most common time pass. Whether we were sitting in the backseat of our parents’ car off to shopping, or waiting outside principal’s office waiting for our turn, the nineties kids always had one of these for difficult times. Perfect time killer, this was one of the simplest games yet required immense skill and patience. Perhaps waterfall ring toss is also the reason, millenials are so smooth with their thumbs on a smart phone. It was just tlike you are holding your phone now, but there was one target in sight – to toss those small colorful ring on those two spikey things, a shark’s dorsal fin, a dolphin’s tail or anything that fits water and pole-like structure together. And every nineties kid would still sigh at the thought of accidently pushing all tossed rings off the pole because they pressed the pressure button too hard to toss that last one remaining!
Sending secret messages without leaving a trace? We did it better than intelligence agencies because we had these delightful magnetic boards. Often coupled with stencils and stamps, the plastic board came with a plastic pencil that you could use to write on that board. Once you have finished writing and your friend has read the message, simple lift the board and Abracadabra, It’s gone! No possible trace of what you wrote, no paper to dispose, no record to destroy. If you were in one of those schools that allowed you to bring such toys to school, you might have communicated so many secret messages across the classroom, removing all evidence before the teacher could realize what was even written. Simpler times, right?
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