Get ready to travel back in time! When you think about your elementary school years, you probably remember your teachers, your friends, and your favorite playground equipment. But there was so much more to elementary school. Things that in the hustle and bustle of your busy life, you’ve now forgotten.
So let’s do a bit time traveling.
The following pictures will instantly transport you back to a time when your greatest concern was whether to go on the monkey bars or the swing set first during recess.
How many of these elementary school items do you remember?
These plastic chips:
Remember playing spelling word Bingo?
You probably even did the thing where you tried to stack a bunch of these chips and hold them between your thumb and middle finger…and they’d inevitably slip from your fingers and fly all over the classroom.
These timed math tests:
You only had a minute to prove your times tables knowledge.
Doing the 9’s was always an extra challenge because you knew if you used that cool finger trick, you’d definitely run out of time.
These pattern blocks:
I’m still not really sure what the point of these were, but I know I enjoyed every time they were taken out of the classroom cabinet.
And the struggle you went through whenever you were the only one in the bathroom and were just trying to wash your hands. Whose idea were these things, anyway?
Do you remember how you learned to tell time? It was probably with one of these…
Learning how to tell time with an analog clock felt like such a superpower.
And now, you hardly even have to use it, thanks to the smartphone in your pocket.
I’m guessing you probably had a couple of these rolling around your elementary school library.
And you probably also remember the pain when one of them hit you in the ankle. (Not as bad as a scooter injury, but still.)
This was, hands down, the best day of elementary school gym class ever.
Remember capturing the air underneath it and then quickly sitting down inside?
This computer game:
The best part of computer class was finishing your work early and being allowed to play Math Blasters (or Oregon Trail) for the rest of the period. It was fun and educational!
This S-shaped thing:
We all drew it, but no one had any idea what it meant or stood for. It was just cool.
This next image will transport you right back to math class…
You knew it was time to do some serious math when these calculators made an appearance. And, of course, you had to put them nicely back in the box when you were done.
The Scholastic Book Fair:
AKA the best week of the school year.
There was nothing better than flipping through the catalog and picking out what you wanted to buy.
Jump ropes that looked like this:
You can still hear the clacking sound these things made whenever you used them.
And you probably spent a fair amount of your recess time untangling them, too.
I don’t know whose idea it was to teach elementary school students how to play the recorder, but I feel pretty confident that they regretted that decision after the millionth time they heard “Hot Cross Buns.”
These smiley fries:
I mean, they’ve got a smile built right into them! How could you not be happy upon seeing these guys waiting for you at lunchtime?
And speaking of lunchtime…
These plastic lunch trays:
You can still taste the cardboard-y flavor of the chocolate milk and the syrupy sweetness of the fruit cocktail.
Kids these days may never realize how special Pizza Day was.
Trapper Keepers like this one:
If you were cool in elementary school, you had a Trapper Keeper filled with “Trappers” for each subject. Why? Because the commercials made them look super cool…even though they were basically just a fancy 3-ring binder.
These cardboard pencil boxes:
Of course, they only looked perfect like this for the first week of school. After that, you were basically guaranteed to rip one of the corners or push the lid too far down so it never closed perfectly ever again.
These behavioral charts:
And the walk of shame in front of the whole class when you were told to “clip up” (or whatever the equivalent was in your classroom).
These fundraiser catalogs:
I was always enthralled by all of the wrapping paper options. Not enough to actually sell them, though.
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