The journey to adulthood is all about gaining maturity and responsibility, but as we grow and develop, we often lose parts of ourselves in the process. Our innocence, zeal for life and other important characteristics that what defined us as children fade away. It isn't until we talk to the children today or look through old boxes of toys in our basement that we realize how much we cherish childhood.
Here are some of the things I wish I could bring back from my childhood:
1. Play DohGiphy
Play Doh will always be a staple of childhood because of the variety and room for creativity. Whether it is making a generic snake or building a city, Play Doh has, and always will, hold a special place in my heart.
2. Disney Channel TV showsGiphy
Whether it was "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," "Phineas and Ferb," "Wizards of Waverly Place" or even "Hannah Montana," Disney Channel shows never failed to disappoint. The best part about watching Disney Channel as a kid was when individual shows collaborated with each other and made specials!
3. American Girl Dolls
American Girl Dolls are timeless and every girl's dream. With the option of customizing your own doll so that it looks like you, these dolls have always had a slight edge over other toys. The American Girl Doll store in New York was always one of my favorite places to go because they have a special salon, restaurant and other activities designed just for kids to do with their dolls.
4. Roller Blades and razor scooters
There was never a dull moment outside if you had roller blades or a Razor scooter.
"Webkinz" was the ultimate interactive website, filled with games and things to explore. They were a perfect birthday gift to give and receive because they supplied endless hours of entertainment.
6. "The Magic Tree House" series
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7. Field Day with Firecracker popsicles
Field Day in elementary school was always the best day of the year. In my school, we spent the day outside playing games, such as tug of war and doing relay races. At the end of the day, we always got a firecracker popsicle, which quickly became a staple for the summer.
8. The Nintendo DS Lite
One of the first electronic devices I got was the Nintendo DS Lite, along with games such as Mario Kart and Nintendogs. The Nintendo experience was unique because of its DS download feature, which allowed games to be multiplayer.
Best game ever, hands down.
10. The "Home Alone" seriesGiphy
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It only takes a small trip down memory lane to bring out the inner kid in everyone!