Growing up in the 90s was a blessing and a curse. We got to see some of the greatest tv shows, toys, and fashion trends. A lot has changed since then, and I think I speak for most 90s kids when I say that I'm disappointed in how kids grow up now-a-days. We grew up begging to go outside and ride bikes, while kids now throw tantrums for iPads. When it became easier to entertain children, we lost that part of childhood where we are supposed to get bruised and scrapped up from having the best times of our lives. I fear that these kids will never experience what a childhood is meant to be: a time for exploration, imagination, and interaction. So here are some great 90s trends and things from our childhood. Take notes kids.
1. Hippity Hop
This was a toy originally invented in the 60s but came back in the 90s with plenty of infomercials to influence us kids.
2. Magna Doodle
This was our version of an iPad as a kid. If we were bored in a doctor's office, this is what we brought.
3. Wonder Ball
4. The "Coat Tied Around Your Waist"
5. The Original Gameboy
6. The Original Cartoon Network
What happened to the original Teen Titans, Scooby Doo, and Tom and Jerry? Seriously, what happened to the good shows? Teen Titans, Go is actually such a rip off and ridiculous. It's sad to think that there will never be a new, slightly distorted episode of Tom and Jerry.
7. Pick Up Sticks
8. Handheld CD Players
I never felt cooler than when my dad let me use his CD player to listen to a Metallica CD. We used to have to carry around a case full of CDs to change albums. That was the real struggle.
9. Mouse Trap
This was possibly the most fun board game around. It had all sorts of contraptions and quirky things.
This was the first step when possibly getting a pet. We loved it but hated it at the same time, because it would need your attention at the most inconvenient times. And if you left it alone for more than 2 hours, you killed it. Now that's how we learned responsibility.
11. Etch A Sketch
Some people can make real art on these things but I could never get past the spaghetti phase.
There are hundreds of more items that could be added to this list. Things were so simple, and I wish that my nine-year-old sister had some of these things to make her childhood better — not to say that it isn't good already, but I loved these things as a kid. They made my childhood, and most 90s kids' childhoods, so memorable.