What were some of your favourite toys growing up? I doubt it would take you long to rattle off a whole list of items once you got going, and chances are it wouldn’t take more than a few toys before I could tell you how old you are and probably even which country you grew up in!
The thing that really seems to give the game away when we talk about our childhood toys is the crazes that we were the right age to get swept up in. It’s an odd phenomena, how as children we can go from something completely unknown to all of us one minute, to an all-consuming pastime that seemingly every kid across the nation has joined in with.
And of course, being a craze, as quickly as it springs ups, one day it mysteriously disappears to be replaced by the next latest thing.
Looking back at some of the toys of my childhood, I have a mix of my emotions. The me of today sees them as amusing tat, but the childhood me that still lurks in my psyche somewhere is totally excited to remember them and wants to go out and buy them today!
For a lot of us, getting carried away with a must-have toy is the first time you feel part of something new, something that was spurred on by you and your peers and not adults, and I think that feeling really sticks with you.
In honour of that feeling of toy craze nostalgia, here’s my list of ten trends that I was once swept up in (if you want to try to guess my age, leave a comment!):
- Giant gobstoppers (seriously, they were the size of a small apple)
- Beanie Babies
- Parachute men
- Pogo balls
- Mood rings
- Slap bands
And while grown up me may have replaced Pogs and mood rings for cookery books and perfectly ripe avocados (the holy grail), it never quite matches that childhood feelings of being really involved in something.
These days, I’m watching the kids get swept up in their own crazes. Now I’ll admit, I may not fully understand the appeal of Pokemon cards as much as my kids do, and they might not fully understand why parachute men were worthy of so much of my time, but it’s easy to get caught up by their excitement and go along for the ride!
The latest craze for them was of course fidget spinners, and there wasn’t a member of the family who didn’t grab one and get involved.
Win one of 100 Nostalgia Packs with Kickers
To reignite your love of your favourite toys from back in the day, Kickers is launching a competition to win one of 100 #KickersPlayground nostalgia packs, which includes a funky Kickers lunchbox, matching water bottle, plus a bundle of some of the most memorable playground favourites from today and yesteryear.
From Tamagotchis and yo-yos to slap bands and slinkys, the packs are brimming with toys to keep the kids entertained and get you reminiscing about the playground. Kickers has even thrown in a fidget spinner so the whole family should be able to find something to enjoy.
I’m guessing the vast majority of people reading this post will remember Kickers shoes from their own childhoods, although a ton of adults continue to rock them too, especially in the music industry.
Today, I mainly see Kickers as a great shoe for my own kids as the brand has been putting out quality, hard wearing shoes since 1970 and have managed to keep them in trend for the whole time, which is no mean feat.
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a #KickersPlayground nostalgia pack for yourself and your family, here’s what to do:
- jump on to Instagram or Facebook
- post an image of your favourite toys from your youth, OR
- post an image your own children’s current favourite toy
- hashtag your post with #KickersPlayground
- make sure the post is public so that Kickers can see it.
Simple! You can find out more about the competition here and winners will be chosen on 15th September, so get posting!
Don’t forget to follow Kickers on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date about all the latest goings on. And if you think I missed any must-have toys off my own list, or think you know what the next must-have toy will be why not leave a comment below and let me know?
This is a commissioned post for Kickers. Yo-yo image by Enrique Calabuig.