Warning: serious throwback moments are ahead.
Our favorite childhood toys, although seemingly normal and playful when we were children, are a little weird through the eyes our now adult eyes.
These toys were anything from Aqua Sand to Moon Shoes to Betty Spaghetti dolls and they were the best part of our lives and got us through the stressful spelling tests.
It’s amazing what we used to love as kids and it’s even more amazing to look back on these toys and laugh at how weird some of them were.
My fingers can almost feel the sand as I type this. Its amazing colors, how it can hold its shape and stay so firm then be so easily smashed to nothing; Moon Sand truly felt like it was not from Earth. It brought back the whole “playing in the sandbox” thing that our parents used to talk about.
Another magical sand experience! Who knew sand could have so many uses and be so mesmerizing.
Aqua Sand defied the rules of science by being both a liquid and a solid. As a kid, I never questioned it, I just took accepted that it was magic and I was lucky to be able to play with it.
Baby Born Dolls
If I were a parent, I would hate if my kid played with this toy. This thing is creepy AF because it literally pees and poops like a real baby. You had to keep buying diapers for this thing!
AND its eyes would open and close like a real baby. Nostalgia can also leave you with a really creepy feeling. I’m happy to leave this toy in the past.
Another science defying toy. It was a mix between blowing bubbles and playing with real balloons.
Bubbles that never pop was a kids dream. With so many colors, it was one of the cheapest gifts that produced some of the greatest smiles.
These weird little creatures amazed kids all over the world. They came to life right when you gave them water. Then they just swam around and did little tricks! It was pretty amazing.
If your kid couldn’t handle a fish right away, you got them sea monkeys because it required a lot less maintenance.
The next toy is another “just add water” and if you didn’t have them as a kid, you might not have been considered cool.
These colorful capsules grew in water and turned into spongey little creatures! I remember the dinosaur pack was the coolest, but you could also get sea creatures or farm animals.
It was pretty fun to watch them grow but then not so fun to play with a bunch of little sponges.
Easy Bake Oven
If I knew cuss words as a kid, I would have used them while playing this game.
Mouse Trap took some serious time to set up because there were so many little pieces and once it got started, it was all giggles and smiles until it gets serious and can ruin friendships.
Polly Pocket was my best friend. I’m sure if I looked through my childhood stuff, I could still find a few of her tiny little accessories.
This was the most advanced technology of our time. When you linked up your Pixel Chix with your friends, then your Pixel Chix became Pixel besties and there was so much more fun to go around.
The best way to keep secrets when you were a kid was to type it out and lock it up in the Dear Diary toy. You could use a super secret password to keep it hidden from your siblings or friends at school. Pretty advanced stuff here.
Cabbage Patch Kids
To me, these were the only non-creepy baby dolls for little kids to play with. Their hair was made of yarn and they had the cutest rosy cheeks. They just felt so cuddly and kind. Everyone loves a Cabbage Patch Kid.
Sit n’ Spin
Guaranteed to make you almost throw up in daycare, the Sit n Spin is a plastic wonderland of dizziness and giggles.
This is definitely a toy you can outgrow because I think the most it can hold is 40 pounds.
This could keep kids entertained for hours. It was basically your own personal slideshow. Then you could buy more little film reels and have so much to look at and flip through.
Can you hear it? The repetitive voice yelling orders at you while you desperately try to twist, bop, pull or pass it?
That voice still haunts me today.
If the next one doesn’t throw you back down memory lane, then I’m not sure what will.
It felt like the only thing to build with Lincoln Logs that made sense was a cabin, but these were still a favorite among kids.
They were also much less painful if you stepped on one than Legos.
This is how you know you made it as a child; a Gameboy Color. It was the ultimate sign of coolness and it was easy to impress everyone in class if you pulled one out of your rolly backpack. The colored screen was a luxury that brought so much more excitement to your gaming experience.
The movie Home Alone made this toy super famous.If you were a sneaky little brother, you probably owned one of these to threaten your big sisters. It was a great toy and an even greater weapon.
A cute and creepy teddy bear that read you stories and blinked a lot, which now that I think about it, feels a little unnecessary.