Rainy Days

Rainy Days

It’s safe to assume that an adult wrote those words. Granted, kids tend to have a love/hate relation with precipitation, mostly because they aren’t allowed to do what they desire – to run gleefully through a downpour, stomping puddles and splashing all who dare stand too close. Everything is slippery, mud is plentiful and clothes are expendable. If only they could get their parents to agree. Continue reading...

Pencil Fighting

Pencil Fighting

As the Five-Finger Fillet of elementary school games, Pencil Fighting is perhaps one of the more destructive games found in classrooms and playgrounds everywhere. Readily accessible mechanical pencils, as well as school rules, have caused this once-popular game to dwindle away into the memories of those who were active participants. Of course, at Retroland, we thrive on those memories. Continue reading...

Pop-a-Point Pencils

Pop-a-Point Pencils

You wouldn't get far in your scholastic studies without a pencil, sharp and ready to go at a moment's notice. The wooden graphite variety served us well for centuries, but with the 80s came innovation in the form of the the Pop-a-Point pencil. They were stylish, fashionable and, for better or worse, they eliminated the need for a sharpener. Continue reading...