Grade school was full of weird things that seemed like the coolest and most high-tech stuff around. It turns out it really wasn’t, we were just still at an age when we were pretty easy to impress.
It’s crazy how quickly our minds forget things when we aren’t faced with them every day, but all it takes is a quick reminder to have all of those memories flooding back. How many of the things on this list do you remember?
You Can Hear The Clicking Of The Nails
Before we had projector screens and smart boards, we had these babies and boy were they loud. The humming from those things was enough to drive a person crazy. At least, that’s what I would notice now.
Oh The Masterpieces That Were Made
RIP Paint. We will never forget the fun we had with you, pretending we could draw and create. Remember when you did a green line at the bottom for the ground and then a blue line at the top fo the sky?
The Heroes Of Our Childhood
Storytime was always a real treat when we heard stories about Rainbow Fish or read poems by Shel Silverstein. They’re probably the reason so many of us thought we could be writers when we grew up.
Only The Coolest Kids Had These Pens
They were probably also the girls now who would write in their planners at college that they’re reviewing the syllabus that day, but had everything color-coded for good measure.
The Stress Was Too Much
At least the nine times table weren’t the worst. Did anyone else have a teacher that taught you the trick about using your fingers to multiply by nine? It still comes in handy.
It Was Such A Flex To Let Someone Flip Through Your Collection
The only thing that was dumb about these was where you kept all the cases for your CDs and DVDS. Of course, it was a time when most of us burned them onto blank discs, but still!
The Real Reason No One Liked Gym
I mean, there were lots of reasons, but this was high up on the list. These itchy, stinky vests that just somehow made you sweat extra, even though they’re made of mesh.
Anyone Else Picturing A Doctor’s Office Right Now?
These were fun, no one is going to deny that, but they were also the source of some of the most frustrating moments that can be recalled as a child.
The Greatest High In Life
To this day, nothing in life has made anyone feel as amazing as going to the book fair did. Why don’t we still have these? They were literally the only reason any of us put up with school.
If You Didn’t Do This, You Were Weird
At one point in every child’s life, they dipped their whole hand in glue, waited for it to dry and then peeled it off like it was an extra layer of skin.
Our First Commitment To A Better Environment
They were saving the planet before it was cool, probably before any of us even really cared that we needed to do our part to look after the environment. Too bad we still don’t have these pencils.
Did Anyone Else Have A Weirdly Hard Time Making These?
Until you knew the secret trick about where to draw the lines and stuff, these were just unnecessarily hard and only the cool kids could draw them all over their notebooks.
Our First-Ever Forgeries
At the time we probably thought we were so clever, but there is no way that our teachers and parents didn’t know what we were up to. Just had to pick and choose their battles.
Were You I Spy or Where’s Waldo?
Either way, hours were passed staring at these pages trying to find those sneaky little pieces that we didn’t notice right away. There were some items on the list that were never even found.
Everyone Was Always So Excited When They Rolled Out The TV
That’s usually because we were going to watch something sweet like Bill Nye or even a movie that wasn’t historically accurate at all, but filled time when teachers didn’t feel like teaching.
Kids Who Did This Are In Jail Now
Why would you ruin a perfectly good eraser by stabbing it? It just made it look so dirty, and your hands dirty too, when you would use it! What was the point?!
There Was Nothing Better
You felt like a true artist coming up to this rack and taking your masterpiece off after it was done drying. Then it was time to take it home to your parents to show it off.
Learning Was Fun Sometimes
These little blocks were always a good time, but they also made it really easy to get distracted because of all the fun things you could do with them, right?
The Most Stressful Game On The Planet
It’s honestly surprising that we weren’t all traumatized out of playing video games after using these to learn math. It wasn’t even fun to learn when you were playing these.
Best Friends For Life!
Making these were like a weird way to mark your territory when it came to friends. Everyone would make them together and wear them as bracelets or use them for keychains.
These Actually Helped Sometimes
Keeping our fingers comfy was a make or break moment when it came to taking good notes, especially when you had a teacher that talked really fast. They were also a godsend during test time.
The Way We Decided Our Future
Honestly, the things that we learned from doing this game made it literally feel like our futures were being told and that the outcome was actually our fate. Sometimes it was good, sometimes it was bad.
This Was Always Such A Fun Feeling
It was always fun to feel the tent get heavier or harder to lift with the more air that got underneath it. Then you got to sit and watch it collapse over you?! The best.
Does Anyone Still Remember How To Do This?
This is how you would send notes to one another that you didn’t want other people to read. Obviously we thought teachers and parents wouldn’t figure it out, but they easily could have.
Did anyone actually use this for what they were meant for? I’m not even sure I knew their original purpose was to be a tool for math. We all just thought they were cute.
Another Future-Telling Device
These were actually hard to make, so whoever in your class was good at making them was like some kind of oracle. We relied on them to let us know what our futures were.
Why Don’t We Have Scented Candle Versions Of These Yet?
Oh, wait, because they smelled like they were full of chemicals and gave everyone headaches after a while. They weren’t even that good of markers, come to think of it, were they? They didn’t last long.
Milk Days Were The Best Days
Is it just me or does everyone get a craving for chocolate milk once in a while? Just a nice, crisp cold glass of all the chocolatey goodness that’s also good for your health.
Marker Swords Were Fierce
If you didn’t have scented markers, then you had the stackable markers and you used them to build really unstable towers that would start to fall over almost right after they were built.
The Most Uncomfortable Chairs In The World
Well, maybe not the world, but they weren’t fun to sit in. The worst part was how it would have little shadows of sweat if it was hot enough and you’d stick to them!