Bustle readers, I want you to close your eyes and think back to a time long ago. A time that's now only talked about in history books and around campfires. A time... when school was actually fun. There was a name for this era: The '90s. There are so many things that I genuinely miss about school in the '90s — a point in our lives when playtime was encouraged and make believe was mandatory. This was before life got complicated, when the biggest dilemma was Lunchables or Bagel Bites. (Oh man, tough...)
Sure, it had its boring points, but so often, school in the '90s felt like its own little adventure. From the morning bus ride to art class to field trips (oh boy, oh boy!), they kept our active, hyper minds stimulated with all sorts of excitement. We played cool instruments, we sculpted clay pots, we sang the national anthem and were rewarded with stickers when we were extra enthusiastic. Those were the days — am I right?
Don't let anything dull the spark of the child in you. If you need a little refresher of some of the things that made school in the '90s so dang awesome, how about these?
1. Quality TV Time With Our Best Friends
Bill Nye and The Magic School Bus were just two '90s school favorites. I mean, how excited did you get whenever you saw Bill's giant rotating head on the TV screen? There was a very select list of things that actually made learning fun, and these guys were at the very top.
2. The Vast Array Of Writing Tools
Pop-a-point pencils, scented markers, gel pens, gummy pencil grips, those giant pencils that were almost too heavy to hold — the possibilities were endless. They brought joy to learning cursive and packed English class with lots of giggles and fun times.
3. Decorating Your TI-83 Calculator In Scratch And Sniff Stickers
Remember calculators? You felt like you held the world in the palm of your hand. But this magical tool wasn't complete until you covered it in stickers and then used it to spell dirty words.
4. Lisa Frank Everything
The iconic bursting rainbow of color graced you with its appearance all over your folders, pencils, binders, notebooks, and erasers. And you'll never forget that one time your mom tried to hand you a boring black notebook, and you were all, "As if, Mom."
5. Trapper Keepers
They were so fun to open and close and shuffle through. Never mind the fact that you really didn't need one.
6. Passing Notes When Mr. Finkleberry Wasn't Looking
Back in the Stone Age, we wrote notes by hand on lined paper and passed them across the room under the desk. Sometimes, the class bully would intercept and hold it hostage. Now we just have texting, which is awesome but simultaneously sucks the fun out of '90s gossip.
7. Falling Asleep As Soon As The Overhead Projector Went On
A dark room. Tired students. Honestly, what did Mr. Finkleberry think was going to happen? Did he really think you'd all be interested in learning about scatter plots?
8. Your Themed Lunchbox With The Matching Thermos
These were so dope. Sure, your My Little Pony plastic lunchbox was totally cool on its own. But when you whipped out that coordinating thermos... a hush fell over the cafeteria.
9. Wrapping Your Textbooks In Paper Grocery Bags
Do kids still do this? Is everything digital now? Listen, don't pay attention to what anyone says. The only reason you had books in the first place was to wrap them in paper grocery bags and then doodle on them with scented markers. If anyone tells you otherwise... you don't need people like that in your life.
10. Those Giant Rainbow Parachute Things
SCORE. Gym class was on point when you walked in and saw one of these bad boys. Could life get any better? No. The answer is no.
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