10 Things Bound To Make '90s And Early 2000s Kids Nostalgic
by Sophie-Anne Fox 11 July 2019
1. Club Penguin
If you didn’t constantly beg your parents to let you play Club Penguin, then what were you doing? If you aren't already familiar with what was a childhood highlight for many, Club Penguin was an online game where you could design your own penguin, igloo, and even have little pets called puffles! They also had other mini games and missions where you could gain rewards. Unfortunately, Club Penguin closed down in March of 2017 due to a lack of funds and players. Kids these days won't know what they're missing!
2. Silly Bands
Silly bands are exactly as the name suggests: rubber bands in different weird shapes. They were often sold in supermarkets or local convenience stores and they only cost around £1, but for some reason these were all the craze in the early 2000s. Kids would run around with wrists covered in these multicoloured bands - the more, the better!
3. Stick-On Earrings
Stick-on earrings were perfect for children who wanted to have their ears pierced but their parents wouldn’t let them. I must’ve been about five years old when I first discovered these, but to be quite honest, I didn’t really understand what they were and mainly just needed them as stickers. Often, you'd end up with them stuck in your hair by the end of the day, so these probably weren’t the best in the long run.
4. The Argos Catalogue
Whether it was your birthday or Christmas, circling which items you wanted in the Argos catalogue was a staple part of life for '90s and 2000's babies. Argos had everything from baby dolls to trampolines, so no matter what you wanted, it was sure to be in there.
5. Toys in your Cereal Box
Finding a little toy from your cereal box was what made breakfast time exciting. Not knowing whether it would be a Spiderman, Batman, or a little toy car, the mystery of these seemingly small items put smiles on children’s faces for many years.
There were some things that I was never allowed as a child and unfortunately Tamagotchi was one of them. And did I ever feel left out! This small device was one that you could link on to your backpack with a little character inside that you are responsible for keeping fed and alive. How many children in the 90s and 2000s had this as their first ‘pet’? Feel old yet?
Blockbuster was an amazing place where you could rent out DVDs and tapes to watch at home, and every movie you could’ve imagined and more. Unfortunately, Blockbuster faced the same fate as Club Penguin and closed down on November 6, 2013. Truly the end of an era.
8. Disney Channel
Disney Channel nowadays is nothing compared to what it was like in the early 2000s. I grew up with shows such as the Suite Life of Zack and Cody, High School Musical, Camp Rock, Wizards of Waverly Place and That’s So Raven. And if you didn’t watch the Disney Channel games what were you doing?! The '90s - 2000s really were the best time to grow up.
9. This Thing
For the longest time, this image has been stuck in my head and I cannot tell you where it came from or how I know about it, but it turns out that a lot of other people know about this thing too. Anyhow, after doing a bit of digging, it turns out this guy was an ice cream pot! I honestly have no recollection of this containing ice cream, but some lucky person must’ve remembered what it was and has now blessed us all with the knowledge we deserve. There's one mystery solved!
10. Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS came out when I was pretty young and was actually the first gaming console that I ever got. I had it in pink and my sister had it in white, and we would both send messages over the pixel chat and play Mario kart together. I absolutely loved this little device, and kids nowadays will never understand the joy of getting a Nintendo DS for Christmas!