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Skip-It Toy: Childhood Memories

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My Favorite Toy as a Kid

I know I went through two of these toys, maybe even three, as I played with them so much that they took quite a beating. I don't remember the hundreds or maybe even thousands of skips I achieved, but when I was a kid I knew exactly how many I had done and at that time it never seemed like enough. I can't imagine trying to attempt to play with one now, but Skip-It was my toy of choice when I was younger.

What is a Skip-It?

The Skip-It was a plastic toy with a hoop that you put around your ankle with a rotating ball at the end of a line that you skipped with your other leg as it went around. The coolest feature was that the ball kept track of how many skips you had. It only had the ability to go to 999, if I remember correctly, but you could reset the counter. The popular thing to do when I was young was to have skip-it wars and see how many skips someone could complete within a certain amount of time. You were in canstant motion while playing with this toy.

Where Did it Come From?

Skip-It first came out in the late 1980s. It was manufactured by Tiger Toys, also known as Tiger Electronics, and invented by a man named Victor Petrusek. Popularly known for the creation of Furby, Tiger Electronics made the Skip-It one of the most popular toys of the 1990s. It's best feature was that it had a counter on the ball for you to keep track of all your skips.

Types of Skip-Its

The first Skip-It toys only included a few different colors. However, as time went on, the toy changed. New models included ribbons, new colors, beads, sound, etc. There were even retractable Skip-Its. Along with a new look and additional company name came into play when Tiger Electronics started making toys for Hasbro. They were so popular at that time that it wasn't uncommon, when I was young, to even see boys with these, as they made them in green, blue, and yellow, but they were always the skip-its without the ribbons or beads.


The Electronic Skip-It

I'm guessing this got pretty annoying quickly because I don't even remember this model!

New Colors Skip-It

The original commercial definitely had a catchier tune. It would seem to me that the electronic model was a flop if they went back to revamping the original.

Skip-It Nostalgia

I swear I remember a glow-in-the-dark and light up Skip-It, but couldn't find anything on the internet, am I the only one?

Where are The Skip-It Toys Now?

For whatever reason, Skip-Its stopped being made in the early 2000s. I apparently should have kept at least one of mine, as they are now starting to be considered "vintage" items, which makes them worth a lot even if they are used. Since they were discontinued they can be very hard to find online. I'm sure they will only increase in value as time goes on. Here are a few more for sale on ebay, get them while you can!


Revival

In 2013 an attempt to bring back the Skip-it was made by joining it with the game Twister. How does that work? Well, you skip a certain amount of times in a row to complete a level. It seems like it would be a fund game with another friend, although they have completely redesigned the skip-it; it lights up, it has a different shape, the loop is more like a hook, etc. Try it out and come back to tell us what you think.

Toys Like the Skip-It

Sadly, since the skip-its are rapidly disappearing, your kids will probably not get to experience the fun of the Skip-it. Although the popularity of the "copycat' toys were not as great as the Skip-It, there are some other toys similar to it that your kids could or might already have. A ball tied to a rope that goes around your ankle just isn't as much fun in my opinion, but there are some products that come close to the real thing.

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Good Times & Memories

I hope one day I can share this article with my kids when they get older, especially if nothing else is left of the Skip-It, because it brings back a lot of fun memories of my childhood. I am kind of sad children don't have more active, inexpensive, toys like this that they will enjoy. I'm sure that is part of the reason I was so heathly as a kid because I was always doing something active outdoors or in our basement to have fun. Maybe I need to get a Skip-It to get fit again! Hopefully this brought back some childhood memories for those of you who also grew up with this toy.

More about the Skip-It

What are your thoughts on this toy and toys that are similar to it? Did you used to Skip-It?

What do you think of the Skip-It?

Lynn Savitzky from New Jersey on May 23, 2015:

Skip-It! That was one of my favorite toys as a kid, even a non-athlete like me could get the hang of it and I used to play with mine for hours. I had the hot pink model.

ladyblue_star on March 09, 2014:

not sure if mine counted the skips or not..heheh..think i did that in my head:)

ladyblue_star on March 09, 2014:

hahahaha...I do remember having one but it being very simple with just like a ball on the end and you attached it to your ankle...I remember loving mine so much ...bet if they were re-produced today they would sell like hotcakes:)

DebW07 on May 04, 2013:

Wow! I'd forgotten about the Skip-it, what fun!

applejacking on December 26, 2012:

I can't forget for my favorite toys when I was young. It's an epic moment when I play it's with some friends around my house.

Rymom28 (author) on December 17, 2012:

@Hannah Writes: I should really get one, so I can have some fun exercise.

anonymous on December 15, 2012:

I vaguely remember these, but I'm not sure I knew anyone that had one. It does look like a fun toy.

Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on November 21, 2012:

I wanted one but never got one. We ended up getting into double dutch jump rope at school instead. Fun lens about a great toy.

Torrs13 on November 15, 2012:

This brings back memories! I used to love my Skip-It. Thanks for renewing this memory for me!

Hannah Writes on November 09, 2012:

I loved this as a child and bought one for my daughter. I used it more than she did!

casquid on September 29, 2012:

Never had one. . .but they always looked like fun. Hope you find the one you need for your collection. Good lens!

Kristen from Wisconsin on August 25, 2012:

I LOVED my Skip-it! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Kimberlee Nelson from Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 16, 2012:

our generation was getting some exercise for sure lol

Rymom28 (author) on August 12, 2012:

@Craftypicks: The new ones don't make a "ding" noise when ya hit your brother, is that it? ;)

Lori Green from Las Vegas on August 12, 2012:

Back in the day it was a plastic ring, a rope and a plastic bell like thing with a metal bell inside of it. It was great for hitting my brother! It's not the same as the ones they have today.

Rymom28 (author) on August 12, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you, I appreciate it!

anonymous on August 12, 2012:

I remember this toy, but I never tried it. Nice lens.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 12, 2012:

Oh man, I hadn't thought about this toy in a long time. I had one and it was fun!

Rymom28 (author) on August 12, 2012:

@banapple: These really were a ton of fun and I think I got a few years worth of exercise from this toy!

Rymom28 (author) on August 12, 2012:

@kerbev: Woo hoo! We must be around the same age then.

Rymom28 (author) on August 12, 2012:

@JoshK47: They were like ankle hula hoops; you had to get just the right rhythm.

Rymom28 (author) on August 12, 2012:

@Camden1: That is probably why my mom loved that I liked so much. ;)

banapple on August 12, 2012:

I had a skip-it. These were great for exercising. Being a kid, though, we never looked at it as exercise...just plain old fun :)

Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on August 12, 2012:

I had one!

JoshK47 on August 12, 2012:

I never could get the hang of these, BUT I do remember them! :)

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on July 31, 2012:

Looks like very good exercise and loads of fun! Wish we'd had these when I was a kid. :)

Tara Wojtaszek on July 31, 2012:

Looks like a lot of fun and great exercise!

Camden1 on July 31, 2012:

Skip-Its were a fun way for kids to burn off some extra energy!