If you grew up in Liverpool in the 90s there’s certain things you did and trends you will remember.
Bubble backpacks, buying Space Raiders from the school tuck shop and trying to keep your Tamagotchi alive, were all key elements of school days back then.
In September 2019, we asked our readers for their favourite memories of going to school in 90s Liverpool – and we got some great responses.
Here we take a trip down memory lane and remember the good old days.
Is your favourite not in the list below? Let us know in the comments below.
17. The wooden climbing frames in PE
School sports halls in the 90s were renowned for having a rickety wooden climbing frame that took up half the room.
Equipped with ladders and ropes that you could swing from, the climbing frames were usually a treat that teachers saved until the end of a PE lesson.
Liam Butterworth, said: “Wooden climbing frames in the sports hall that wouldn’t pass ANY health and safety checks in 2019.”
16. Wrapping your textbooks in posters and wrapping paper
It might sound strange to some but wrapping your exercise books in posters and wrapping paper definitely made lessons more fun back in the day.
From photos of your favourite band to vibrant wrapping paper, it quickly became a competition with your class mates to see who had the biggest creative flare.
15. Space Raiders
Space Raiders were the alien shaped crisps that everyone bought at school discos and from the tuck shop.
At one time the crisps were sold in five flavours and they still remain a big hit with kids today.
Lauren Jones, said: “When 50p pocket money could get you a bottle of panda pop and a pack of space raiders with enough change for a bag of penny sweets. Good times.”
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14. Monster Munch that turned your tongue blue
If you grew up in the 90s you must remember the monster munch that turned your tongue blue.
The pickled onion flavoured crisps boasted of their colour changing ability on the front of the packet in bold writing that said: ‘turns your tongue BLUE.’
13. Bubble backpacks for school
Lets not forget the bubble backpack trend that swept through schools during the 90s.
The miniature backpacks came in four different colours and were deceiving in size.
Kirst Bradley, said: “Bubble bags! Kids today will never understand.”
While Emma Doolan, said: “Oh my god I loved mine, I had them in different colours I’ve probably still got them somewhere.”
12. 10p Freddos
Long gone are the days when you could buy a Freddo for 10p from the tuck shop.
The tiny chocolate bar tripled in price by 2017 to a cost of 30p.
Keeping your Tamagotchi alive each day was a serious task for children throughout the 90s.
The small hand-held devices required users to feed and nurture their pet creature to ensure it didn’t ‘die.’
The 90s school ground game POGs – also known as milk caps, was the game that everyone used to play back in the day.
The circular cardboard discs were printed with all kinds of pictures on the front, from Disney characters to vibrant patterns, making them highly collectable.
To play POGs, players would use a heavier game piece known as a slammer to send the opponents pieces flying.
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Any piece which landed face upwards went to that player and the person with the most POGs at the end of the game was the winner.
9. Head bags
The sports and clothing company Head made the best bags for carrying around your PE kit and books at school.
Joanne Maureen, said: “My memories are Head bags and 10p crisps.”
8. Penny Sweets
Stocking up on penny sweets are the corner shop on the way home from school was a must for many kids back in the day.
Adam Wakefield, said: “Penny sweets that lived up to their name.”
7. Handwriting pens
No child’s pencil case was complete without an official ‘handwriting pen.’
Known for making your writing much neater, handwriting pens are still used widely in schools to help children practice joining up letters.
6. Pokemon Cards
One game which still remains popular with school kids today is playing and trading Pokemon cards.
The company have done their best to keep the production of some cards extremely limited, meaning you could be sitting on a fortune if you still have your cards at the back of your wardrobe.
Speaking of the things she remembers, Lauren Jones, said: “When Pokemon cards and yo-yo’s were all the rage.”
5. Turkey Twizzlers
If you were at school in the nineties and early noughts you will remember tucking into a plate of Turkey Twizzlers alongside potato smiles and beans.
Sadly, Bernard Matthews stopped making Turkey Twizzlers after they were banned from school meals by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in a bid to make kids eat more healthily.
In 2018 over 15,000 people signed a petition asking Mr Matthews to bring back Turkey Twizzlers but so far, they still remain a thing of the past.
4. Marble bars
The melt in your mouth chocolate bar that many will recall from their childhood are Marble bars.
Marble bars were made of praline, milk and white chocolate blended together in a marble effect, giving the chocolate its name.
After launching at the end of the 90’s in the year 2000, Cadbury’s later discontinued the chocolate bar in 2008.
Recalling his childhood, Paul Riley, said: “Going to get my grandad’s papers every morning before school so he bought me a Marble bar for going, which I would have on my break.”
3. Playing huge games of hide and seek in the playground
Hide and seek is a classic childhood game which still remains a firm favourite with children today.
In the 90s the game provided endless fun for kids who often played in huge groups on the school field.
Kickers were a staple element of a school uniform for many children during the 90s.
The shoes grew in popularity throughout the decade and before long you could buy costs, hats, bags and pencil cases from the brand.
Those of us who wore Kickers back in the day may also recall the running joke when wearing them at school.
If someone asked you what shoes you were wearing and you replied “Kickers” you would soon be booted in the leg by them.
1. Trying your hardest to look like the Spice Girls
The Spice Girls were not only one of the most popular girl bands of the decade but they were also some of the biggest trendsetters.
From platform shoes to Scary Spice’s jumpsuits, many teenage girls would do anything to dress up like the pop band.
Steph Annie Davies, said: “I remember collecting Spice Girl photos and wearing the massive spice boots.”