Take a look at our list of 15 things only 90s kids will remember to take a trip down memory lane, reminding yourself of the great and not so great things about being a child in the decade.
In the 90s, kids weren’t illegally downloading songs off the internet, but they were recording songs from the radio onto tape. The biggest skill in doing this was to press the record and stop buttons just before the radio DJ started talking so that he wouldn’t mess up your song. This is one of the reasons that radio presenters still talk over the beginning and end of songs.
My Little Pony
As a girl, if you weren’t brushing or plaiting their manes and tails, then you were creating a makeshift stable to house your huge collection. My Little Ponies would cause big arguments over which was the best and whether having wings made them better than the others.
Everybody remembers Simba’s dad’s death in the Lion King, but watching such an event on a huge cinema screen when you were small was probably one of the saddest moments of your childhood. Kids everywhere were unprepared for the death of the king and they shared in Simba’s sorrow before Pumba and Timon came along to cheer them up.
Be Kind and Rewind
Rewinding VHS tapes was one of the most boring tasks imaginable and seemed to take hours, killing the mood of any party or sleepover. Even if you made sure to rewind all your video tapes, it was almost guaranteed that the person who watched them before you hadn’t.
Kids today check their smartphones and social media profiles, but 90s kids checked their Tamagotchis. Feeding and playing with the little character took up a lot of time so any death was mourned with the same fervor as a family pet.
The huge collection of TY Beanie Babies that amassed in your bedroom almost proved your status among your friends. Specially released characters were the most sought after but everyone had their beanie favourites.
Girls everywhere sang into their hairbrushes and made up dance routines to their favourite songs, while boys pretended not to like the all-singing-all-dancing group.
If you wanted to save something or transfer it between computers then you’d better have a floppy disk handy because there wasn’t really any other way of doing such a thing. But good luck trying to save a photo as there was no way you’d fit even a small one onto a floppy!
Internet Dial Up Tones
The strange screeching and wailing of the internet dial up tone is something that no one ever wants to hear again. Picking up the phone to call someone only to hear the dreaded noise was a pain, while some computers actually played the noise to users as though it was a theme tune while they were trying to connect to the internet.
Everyone had their favourite Power Rangers, and almost all nineties kids can remember the original cast from the show. My favourite was the red one, even though I was a girl, but I spent hours imaginatively fighting Rita Repulsa with my friends.
Everyone read at least one Goosebumps book, but only the brave had a big collection of chilling stories. If you liked to be scared then you probably also watched Are You Afraid of The Dark too.
Before the days of Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp or even MSN Messenger, everyone had to use AIM. AOL Instant Messenger was the most exciting way to communicate in the 90s and hours were spent in front of the screen typing messages to friends with your mum or dad constantly over your shoulder.
If my school was anything to go by, no one actually knew how to play the game, but they enjoyed collecting and swapping Pokemon cards nonetheless.
Smelly Gel Pens
Gel pens were all the rage in the nineties and smelly versions featured scents such as fruits like strawberry and blueberry as well other food fragrances like popcorn, cola, mint and bubblegum. Kids were forever sniffing their pages or accidentally drawing on their noises as they tried to smell the scent straight from the pen.
While there have been a number of sequels and new releases, 90s kids had Jurassic Park first and remember how scary it was to see people almost eaten by a huge T rex. Kids today now have all kinds of CGI and villains, so they don’t know how scary dinosaurs were the first time round.