Back in a time where you spent your days watching ‘Playdays’ and ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’, sits a bag of toys the world has forgotten. Whatever happened to Furbys, Tamgotchis and inflatable furniture? To jog your memory and because we think that career in childcare at least partly equals playing with toys for a living, we have come up with the best toys a 90’s child would have played with.
The Furby - all fun and games until it broke and kept you awake all night making terrifying noises
Fisherprice rollerblades – a recipe for disaster and grazed knees
Tamagotchi – fun for the first few days, until the joys of parenthood wore off/ you went to school and it died
Trolls – We found them cute at the time, until their hair got matted and weird
Cabbage Patch Kids – The ready named doll with a big plastic head
Polly Pockets – Losing Polly was a common occurrence
Sylvanian Families – Is it odd we still find these adorable?
Slinky – We all remember the awful moment when it fell down the stairs and got too tangled for words
Koosh ball – Fun for five minutes, instantly forgotten
Rubiks Cube – Peeling off all the stickers with frustration was almost as difficult as trying to solve the puzzle itself
Etch a Sketch – Hours of hard work shaken away by mistake
Game Boy – The portable PlayStation and Xboxes of the nineties
An inflatable chair – The insanely uncomfortable item of furniture we begged our parents for and sat in twice
Inflatable rucksack – Just when you thought the craze was over...
Gooey aliens –We all believed the rumours they could have babies and these became a very short lived craze
B1 doll – Those crazy Bananas in Pyjamas, always chasing teddy bears
Toy Story - Team Buzz or Woody, it was a tough choice
Lava lamp – They took hours to work and would then get insanely hot, usually ending in tears
Skip it – Another playground staple, until children started falling over their own feet and schools reconsidered
My Little Pony – They didn’t do much, but we were obsessed with their rainbow coloured hair
If you fancy taking up a childcare course and shaping the minds of the future through play, take a look at the full time and part time options on offer.
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.