Deborah loves all books, her favorites being mystery and romance. She writes fiction on her spare time.
We all remember our childhood. The nostalgic times of fun and toys. Oh technology! Traditions and habits that defined a particular decade. If children had thought of the changes to come it would have seemed like something out of a science fiction movie. Technology and customs evolve from the era of our childhood as we grow into adults.
If you were a kid in the 1990s you have memories from your childhood that solely belong in the 90s. Times have changed, traditions have morphed as well as technology. Those childlike years was a time in our lives when we saw the world differently…and certainly it was. If you share these memories you were a bonified 90s kid.
The bike route was navigated daily during playtime. Tire patches, bicycle repairs, bicycle ramps, and shiny beads to decorate the spokes. Every kid from the nineties remembers fixing they’re bike. After all, Mami couldn’t buy you a new bike every time it got banged up. Inspecting our tires for holes was part of the routine as well as finding interesting décor for our bicycles like signs, baskets, bicycle beads and even radios. Attaching that little radio to your bike made the ride that much more fun. Getting on the bike after school and for play was a high point in the day of a 90s kid.
How could we possibly forget VHSs. Taping our favorite movie used to be a popular habit in the 90s. Having a collection of those Walt Disney cartoons is something every nineties kid remembers. The cupboard of VHSs was definitely a collection of films similar to the collection of favorite books. A space consuming collection of entertainment. Did any of us notice or care about that? Children never imagined they would become an obsolete vintage item. Replaced by DVDs! Children would have thought those shiny disks belonged in a techno world at the time. If anything, convenient could be thought of a VHS presently, it would have been the ability to slip the video into the machine and spontaneously record your favorite tv show. The video player disappeared with these black videos, along with the extinction of Hollywood Videos.
- It’s only fair to give cassettes an honorable mention. A miniaturized version of VHS in appearance. The radio came with the built-in cassette player. They recorded and kept a collection of our favorite music as well. Once upon a time you could purchase the Lion King soundtrack sold as a cassette.
A 90s kid remembers the word Goosebumps. The title had a life of its own. The collection of creepy little stories that we kept in the bookshelf. Goosebumps was a series of children’s horror books by author R.L. Stine. That visit to the library on Sunday, indeed reading being much more of a thing with kids than it is now, was a chance to check out new issues. Sometimes we were lucky enough to get a mini Goosebumps included with that bag of candy. Definitely a set of books kept for fun rather than duty. A kid from the nineties would inspect the jacket of those paperbacks wondering how many more of those weird stories we hadn’t read yet.
A toy only a nineties kid would understand. Remember when mom would warn not to fall and break those front teeth. To skate with rolling wheels on your feet was definitely a child’s ambition. It was to place 4 wheels below each foot. It wasn’t long before it was the hottest upgrade to be able to have Roller blades, the one’s which had the wheels straight down the middle of the skates, just like the ice skaters on tv. As a kid we felt airborne as we glided down the street on wheels. Oh yes! The good old days when we replaced the bike and used the bike route for our roller blades.
The TV! Though the television set from the nineties could now be considered rudimentary technology for entertainment, it was all part of the TV tradition. The TV guide almost deserves a category of its own. Browsing it for our favorite tv shows and waiting for the time to be watching movies was a regular pastime. Waiting for the commercial break does seem like a thing of the past with Netflix and free YouTube movies. If you still see an add like a commercial break you are indeed a 90s kid. Tv shows like “Are you afraid of the dark” and nickelodeon cartoons were definitely on the watch list. Movie night and blockbuster was usually reserved for Friday night.
Remember how they rolled those TV boxes resembling large squares into the classroom. TV was a high point from the boredom of concentration, and video certainly didn’t mean YouTube video, but instead a documentary film or movie. TV was not only different in appearance but in meaning to a nineties kid.
Now it’s video games! Remember when it was earphones. If you were into the coolest music, earphones were the solution. There was always a kid who had them in their ears on the bike, at the kitchen table, in class. Earphones were regularly dawned in the waking hours usually attached to a little radio, and they certainly looked different then than the one’s now. Presently earphones have become quite common attached to our phones! Their appearance has also altered from the larger bright colored musical things they used to be.
Fortune Telling Toy
One of the activities and game every 90s kid remembers, and adult that still knows how to make them out of paper, pen and scissors. Kids were crafty back then. This paper toy came in many different colors, colored by crayons or markers. All you had to do was snug it on your fingers, and kids would take turns guessing numbers, on how many times to fold in and out. They came in many categories, fortune teller, favorite cartoon characters, odd ball titles and names. The paper fortune teller was featured on a Recess episode, another popular kid’s show in the nineties.
Bracelets were a popular craft as well as toy for children in the nineties. Those medal bracelets that strapped on to each other’s wrist were regularly propelled at school. The beads, names, colors, and friendship bracelets were also a familiar charm. Creating a bracelet out of beads with our favorite color was one of the crafty activity’s children enjoyed. Especially when the beads had letters on them to twine our name to our own wrist.
A pretend pet that you could carry in your pocket! Here’s the thing, it wasn’t a pet at all but a little machine with a tiny screen. It offered all the options like food, blanket, in trouble, and sleep. Giga Pet also known as artificial pets, came as a dog or a cat attached to a key ring. Do you remember carrying them around in your pocket and keeping those spare batteries so your little dog would not blink off the screen. This toy could be a digital kitten for a child’s imagination. One of the options included swatting your pet, no kidding that was a thing! Kids would try keeping the little pet alive while others would find humor in finishing them off. You see the task was keeping your pet alive or the screen would read failure, if you didn’t take care of spike right. Children thought of cybernetic things as a novelty in the nineties. While our parents said “A pretend pet!” Children asked each other if their Giga was a cat or dog. By the way, remember when a puppy was the greatest gift a kid could get in the nineties and let’s not forget Wishbone! I guess the Giga pet was a little virtual version of the concept.
Telephones that stayed at home were much more common in the nineties. So, leave a message didn’t mean recording your thoughts to your cell on voice mail. The Answering Machine was the answer for the house phone. As a child sometimes your voice got to be recorded on there, or if your parents were really creative, they would add music to the machine’s leave a message tune. The machine was hooked up to the telephone, and the shrill ring rang through the house. We could listen to the caller’s voice on the machine and decide whether to answer right then or call later. It’s convenient purpose of course was to record the messages of caller’s when not at home. Therefore solve the mystery of the telephone calls, so not to miss any calls during your absence.
I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. So many more things to remember about our rooms, toys, favorite movies, friends and parents. What might this list look like twenty years from now.