Being a child in the 90’s was one of the best times. From the great TV Shows to the popular 90’s toys on the scene, this was one of the greatest decades of my life. I love reminiscing to when I was a child and things were much simpler those days and I didn’t have worries of my own children, bills and work. There is too many things to list, so I have narrowed down 10 Things I Miss From My Childhood…
I have done a previous post about Retro Toys which you can see here. I miss these immensely from my childhood. When I see these, it takes you straight back to your younger days. They don’t do toys the same as used to be in the 90s, now you get a cheap looking set at a high price, these no where near compare to a deluxe Polly Pocket Set or the My Little Pony Nursery. My favourites was Polly Pocket, Pound Puppies, Wrestling Figures and Finders Keypers. My daughter loves playing with the collection of vintage toys I have. Not a toy as such, but still rather cool was 90s electronics. These were the days of Black and White Gameboys, Atarri, Sega mega Drive. I loved my Sega Mega Drive and used to play for days on Toejam and Earl or James Pond.
Most Saturdays I would wander to the library, stopping at the shop with my pocket money. My well earned pennies would go on a magazine, stickers, sweets and a packet of Pogs. These were better than trading cards. The round discs you would collect and swap with your friends. There was a game you could play with these, but I never played with them. I just loved collecting them. One Christmas I got a Pog Maker, straight away I was drawing my own designs and using photos for my own unique pogs.
Childrens TV Shows
Now my kids just want to watch Sky kids channels, but back in the day it was all about Saturday Morning TV. Live and Kicking, SMTV, Ministry of Mayhem, Holly and Stephen’s Saturday Showdown. The exciting times when searching through Ceefax and spotting your favourite band was on (mine was Boyzone) and getting the VHS ready to record was priceless. Other childrens programmes that were simply amazing was Funhouse, Finders Keepers (I so desperately wanted to be on this), Byker Grove, Rugrats, Clarissa Explains It All, The Racoons, Fraggle Rock, My Little Pony. The list went on. Kids TV programmes now, are no where near as awesome…FACT!
Point Horror Books
You may have seen in my previous Book Haul post, I am getting back into reading again. From my childhood days, years before Harry Potter, the books to have in the playground were Point Horror Books. Some of my favourites was: Teachers Pet, Freeze Tag, The Babysitter, Dream Date. These books were very popular in the 90’s, and if you have a search you can still find these books. R.L. Stine and Richie Tankersley Cuisick were my favourite Point Horror authors.
A lucky day would be finding 10p down the sofa, then rolling up to the newsagents for 10 chocolate cups. Sometimes if I had a spare 20p, I would add a pack of Frostie Sweets or a pack of Potato Puffs. Gone are the days of loose shrapnel getting you a decent snack, unless you raid the discounted section in the supermarket.
Two words will zoom you right back to your childhood trips…..Multi-coloured Eraser! As soon as the trip was over and you were allowed to the gift shop, straight to the rainbow multi-coloured erasers it was. I would not use these, just keep them as colourful souvenirs. My most favourite place was, Hazard Alley in Milton Keynes! Me and my friend Gemma always have to bring this up. Even though the disaster of having to go and call for a fire brigade, which having a stutter and panicking was pretty bad. The centre taught you safety in and out of the home. This was such a fun day out. I also enjoyed Natural History Museum (they had a super eraser section) and Hampton Court Palace.
Every child I knew had an ongoing collection of stickers. One of the popular ones I remember was Gladiators, and football stickers. My favourite was WWF Wrestling collection. I was a big WWF fan and to get a shiny of your favourite wrestler was the best feeling ever! I never finished one of these fully, I got close a couple of times. My daughter likes her sticker books, at the minute we are doing Trolls. My inner child OCD may still appear when she puts a sticker at a 34 degree angle, or even worse a bump!
I may be in the minority on this childhooh memory! But I am not afraid to admit, I loved homework! I would try to do way more then was needed, but most of the time I never finished my homework as would take so long trying to do neat drawings and starting again. When I done my NVQ Hairdressing after leaving school, I was so excited we had homework. We had to do an A4 sheet of hairstyles. Oh nooooo I didn’t do an A4 sheet….I done a binder full! I even tabbed sections for hair lengths and added suitable styles depending on your face shape. I struggle with Josie-Ann on this subject as we differ dramatically on our homework ethics. If you ask her to do a drawing, she goes to great lengths on detail, but ask for homework….is like I am asking her to chop her arm off. She puts minimal effort in. Even on fun assignments like, come up with your own superhero. Straight away I was thinking, comic book, make a costume for presentation, a matching doll, storyline, song or superhero line. Josie just about drew a picture with great bribing of no ipad, food, oxygen. Hopefully she will get the homework vibe as gets older. She seems better since moving school as you get to pick your homework for a list and earn points.
W H Smith
The end of the summer holidays was not sad or disappointing for me in my childhood, as every year this meant I was allowed to the stationery section in W H Smith. Oh how I loved my W H Smith Times Table Pencil case, tablet eraser (this one I would use), folding ruler, new Parker fountain pen. One of the best years was finding different colour cartridges for normal fountain pens, writing in pink ink is much more cheerful. I am a self confessed stationery hoarder. I love getting a new pen or a cute notebook. One birthday I remember getting a Pilot Pen Set, this was simply amazing! So many different pens to choose from. My pencil case was full to the brim with this set.
Friend’s House for Tea
How the day would drag when you knew you were going to a friends house for tea after school. Once you have been polite to your friends parents you both would run off and play like wild feral animals. Then tea came, the obligatory Fish Fingers or Chicken Nuggets, Chips and Beans followed by Ice Cream or a Choc Ice, then off for a quick play before my parents came to pick me up. Everytime without doubt you and your friend would have the same discussion of ‘I will ask if your mum or dad can have a cup of tea when they get you’ just so can have an extra 15 minutes. Quite often this worked as if you timed it right, it would have looked rude not to accept….cue another 15 minutes of play! Quite often we would play schools and make a register and pretend chalkboard. Other times all the My Little Ponies would come out. Worst part of this great treat, was having to tidy your room afterwards.
What do you miss from your childhood days?