Wacky Packages

Wacky Packages

In the 70s, there was hardly a store that didn’t have a proud display of Wacky Packages right next to the cash register. Sold in the same packaging as baseball cards (which was no surprise since a company named Topps created them), they were literally irresistible to darn near every little kid with a few extra cents in his or her pocket. And the appeal was very simple – wonderfully demented versions of product art that every kid knew from the grocery story aisles. They were funny, they were completely politically incorrect, and much to the horror of every parent, they were backed with an adhesive – meaning that not only could they be affixed to school folders and lunch boxes, but also every square inch of wall, door or furniture within their path. Continue reading...

Book Fairs

Book Fairs

For over 25 years, Scholastic Book Fairs have been delighting children, parents, teachers, principals and school librarians. They encourage a love of reading within a fun environment where a child can pick and choose his or her own books, indulging themselves into a love of mystery, history, scientific experiments and science fiction – and so much more. It brings the convenience of a bookstore right to the school. Let's take a look back at this traditional school activity. Continue reading...

Substitute Teachers

Substitute Teachers

Going to school always involved a certain amount of monotony. You had the same schedule each day, the same boring routine. But there was one particular instance when things were shaken up a bit, when you knew that your day would be decidedly different, for better or worse. It all started when you walked into class and noticed a less familiar face sitting at the teacher’s desk. This could only mean one thing – “We have a sub today!” Continue reading...

Staring Contests

Staring Contests

While many cultures frown upon direct eye contact, it's long been seen as a symbol of honesty, integrity, even dominance, in the western world. And, although children are generally taught that it's rude to stare, that hasn't stopped them from engaging in a time-honored childhood ritual known as the staring contest. Whether in a classroom, on a playground, or any other place children congregate, it takes neither strength nor wits, just pure concentration. Continue reading...

School Lockers

School Lockers

Almost everyone has vivid memories of their school lockers. Whether stacked in pairs or skinny and tall, or for those who went to a less populated school – wide and tall enough to place a scrawny kid inside – lockers have been a memorable part of the school experience for many a decade. Continue reading...

Marco Polo pool game

Marco Polo

Ask your average kid to name a famous 13th century Venetian explorer and you are likely to be met with a blank stare. Instead, ask the same kid what their favorite swimming pool game is. More often than not, the answer will be Marco Polo. For generations, whenever a group of children (of all ages) gather for a swim, they inevitably end up playing this addictive little aquatic game of tag. Continue reading...

Jumping Rope

Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is one of those activities that knows no age or gender limits, no bounds, no rules, no wrong nor right – just good times, good fun and a great way to get the blood pumping. A staple of city streets and school playgrounds alike, it is a simple activity on the surface, but can become as complex or competitive as one's heart desires. Either way, it remains a beloved part of childhood, and it's sing-song chants have provided the soundtrack to many a summer's day in neighborhoods around the globe. Continue reading...

Flinstones Vitamins

Flintstones Vitamins

In the early sixties, everyone’s favorite stone-age family sitcom, The Flintstones, was entertaining millions of television viewers each week with their prehistoric parody of modern suburban life. And like all cartoons of the era, a little cross promotion of other products was par for the course. Some of the products hawked by the show, such as cigarettes, would leave people aghast in today’s age, but one product in particular was not only good and healthy, but continues to rely on the characters from this show (which went off the air over forty years ago) to market the product. Of course, we are talking about Flintstones Vitamins. Continue reading...