The Most Memorable Playground Trends of the 90s, 00’s and 10’s

The 90’s and 00’s were an awesome time to be a kid in the playground. Before schools were afraid of being sued because a child grazed his knee. Back when we were able to eat play in the dirt and there was no ‘allocated day; for your class to play football. Back when we had to survive a dangerous game of bulldog or captain your team for ‘that derby’ football match against ‘the other’ year 5 class. We took a trip down memory lane and listed 23 playground trends that you would've loved or hated!

1. The Beaten Up Leather Football

If your football wasn’t scuffed with 5 of the panels missing, was it even a playground football? The role of ball owner was perhaps the most important role on the playground. The all powerful ball owner would get to say who plays and who doesn’t. The power was undeniably great until a couple of year 6’s steal your ball and play a bit of keep ball…

2. Pokémon

There’s no denying the power that Pokemon cards had during lunch or break time. They were the currency of the playground. Your Dark Charizard shiny will buy you a lot of respect but turf wars were common. Get caught trading in the wrong ICT suite and you might find yourself on the wrong side of a peanutting…

3. YuGiOh! Cards

In the year 2000, 4Kids Entertainment brought a new anime series to American TV screens. The show had the bizarre name of Yu-Gi-Oh!and it treated the trading card game that it was created to promote like it was serious business. But who even knew how to play? We were more interested in collecting Blue Eyes White Dragons than strategy…

Bey Blades

One I never really quite understood. Die hard fans would tell you that ‘Pokemon’ cards were ‘just cards’ and that beyblades are real things that you can launch, and then they hit each other, and they have special powers, like fire and stuff….


Picture this. 5 year 9 boys sitting in a friends house drinking coke and making Scoubidous to put on our pencil cases. The cringe factor was unreal but Scoubi strings could create many exciting designs and knots, in your football clubs colours…

Finger Skateboards

I was never much of a skateboarder (not for lack of trying) but Finger boarding was a lot easier surprisingly. I had a couple of these stashed in my pencil case and never missed an opportunity to practice my finger Ollie over my Bic pens in English.


Now these are old school. So old school...



Although the yo-yo is an undeniably ancient toy there is no proof that it is the second oldest toy as claimed. I can prove however, that I once knew the Welsh under 16s national Yoyo champion. How’s that for a name drop?


The most infamous part of Dick and Dom in da Bungalow was a pre-recorded game called Bogies. For best results, use in a quiet library. I personally hated this one (but that’s probably because I was the kid trying to read in the library).

Dragonball Z

Because Dragonball Z. Your Dad may have taken over the TV mid-episode wanting to watch the news so you’d have to wait until the next days playground DBZ gossip and listen enviously to find out what happened to android 17…


Kids today will never know the job of tying a bit of wood to a string and hitting said bit of wood against your friend’s bit of wood until the death. I think off stead ruined that one?

Hacky Sacks

A fun, yet addicting game played with your legs. Played in a circle with as much people as possible, the general goal is to have everyone kick the sack before it hits the ground; a hack. once that got boring you could freestyle…


Here’s one for the new crop of kids. Fast-forward to being at school to teaching at a school and you can see the influence that memes have. When every answer to a numerical question from your students is 21, you know.


I fondly remember sending my Tamagotchi pet to ‘a better place’ by making him train too hard and giving him a bit to much discipline.

Nineties kids and nostalgia trippers alike will be glad to hear that Japanese toy company Bandai has brought back its beloved Tamagotchi toy — 20 years after its original release.

Gameboy Colour


If you were like me, you lived on your Gameboy. How I survived playing a device with no backlight (The Gameboy SP changed my life) is beyond me, but bet you couldn’t beat my level 90 Charizard (no rare candy cheat either).

Ice poles

Of course you needed refreshment in between trading Pokémon cards and making Scoubidous, an Ice Pole always went down a treat.

Growing Aliens

I never personally grew an alien, but I might have to purchase one to see what the hype was about…

Premier League Football Stickers


If you completed your premier league football sticker book organically, without stealing from a year 3 kid or buying stickers on ebay then you were the real hero. That took guts, sweat and hard work…I was always 5 or 6 stickers short of a finished book.

Bottle Throwing

2017 is a great year to be alive for technology. Apps, filters, Facetime, Uber and amazon prime. We can connect with people in an instant who are halfway across the country. We can access to any product we want in the UK and have it delivered within 24 hours. But what do we do? We take a plastic bottle with the last bit of water and try too land it upright of course. So damn addictive and euphoria is indescribable.

Pringles Cases

I went through a couple hundred of these. Having been an early adopter of these cases in year 5 - you can imagine the jealously and how many times these ‘went missing’ from the lunch box box! They were a winner.

Total 90’s AstroTurf

Have you ever seen a more beautiful specimen? Behold the Total 90 1st editions. Those who were lucky enough to put these on at lunchtime.

Fidget Spinners

white fidget spinner

Will fidget spinners be the best of the bunch? They’re certainly taking off in the States.


@Sporf got it spot on - #ThatMomentWhen You attempt an Andres Iniesta scoop through ball in the final minute to win the lunchtime kick-about…

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