38 Things That Will Take ’80s Kids Back To Their Elementary School Days

You’ll beat The Oregon Trail one day!

1. Starting your day with one of these nutritious breakfasts before heading out to school:

2. Keeping your homework and papers organized in your awesome (and essential) Trapper Keeper:

Well, until the rings broke. =(

3. Sitting in one of these not-so-comfortable classics:

4. Being handed a freshly pressed assignment by your teacher from the Ditto machine:

And immediately getting ink on your fingers.

5. Getting the perfect sharpened pencil from this:

And distracting the entire class with the noise it made in the process.

6. Classrooms and the library decorated with cool-ass “Read” posters:

7. Carrying your lunch in your metal lunchbox — that of course had your favorite cartoon characters on it:

 

8. The weird taste any drink had when you drank it out of your lunchbox thermos:

It was usually warm juice with a hint of plastic and the slight smell of a baby’s bottle.

9. Eating your vanilla ice cream with a wooden spoon:

10. Signing your DARE pledge to NEVER do drugs:

You really just did it for the T-shirt.

11. Remembering to just say “NO”:

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‘Cause Nancy Reagan said so on a very special episode of Diff’rent Strokes. Plus you got a cool pin for it!

12. Taking your annual hearing test with these:

“Raise the arm on the side you hear the beep.”

13. Chewing disclosing tablets so that you could see how good a job you were doing at brushing your teeth:

And always forgetting that it wasn’t candy and it tasted nasty.

14. Reading a bunch of books to get your free Pizza Hut pizza:

Let’s be honest, you mainly read the books for the Book It! pin.

15. The joy of getting a scratch ‘n’ sniff sticker for answering a question right in class:

Yes, they were better than gold stars!

16. And immediately putting your new sticker in your sticker book (if you didn’t trade it):

 

17. Watching filmstrips on one of these:

And trying to hear over the loud sound of the projector.

18. Buying a pencil from the vending machine and crossing your fingers that you got a ~cool~ pencil from it:

Well, 9 times out of 10 you just got a plain boring pencil.

19. Bringing in your eraser collection to show off:

Really all you could do was show them off ‘cause they weren’t good at erasing anything.

20. Storing your pencils and erasers in your prized Sanrio pencil case:

21. Learning how to multiply on a math keyboard:

22. And this was the only spell-checker you needed:

23. Feeling super special whenever you earned a much coveted Weepul:

24. Playing The Oregon Trail during computer lab time…

…and eventually dying of dysentery:

Was it ‘cause you didn’t pick the doctor?!

25. Remembering to NEVER touch the middle of a floppy disk:

26. Getting super excited whenever your teacher put on Reading Rainbow:

“Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high.”

27. Or when you got to learn how to paint trees and mountains:

Bob Ross was the most patient art teacher ever!

28. Watching Win, Lose or Draw — hosted by Vicki Lawrence — whenever you stayed home sick:

29. The excitement you felt each month when your teacher passed out Troll and Scholastic book order forms:

 

And immediately circling every book and poster on the form.

30. The stress you felt as you carefully tore the sides off dot matrix paper:

31. Walking around to the Ghosbusters theme song and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during your Halloween parade:

All while trying not to tear the plastic smock that came with your Ben Cooper brand costume.

32. Using the Dewey Decimal System in the library in order to find the book you wanted for your book report:

33. The smell of the ink on your circulation card:

And also reading the names of all the kids who checked it out before you.

34. Bringing one of these bad boys with you on hot days:

Frozen and wrapped in aluminum foil so that it would be perfect by the end of the day.

35. Trading Garbage Pail Kids cards during recess and lunch:

You probably did it during class too.

36. Hanging upside-down on one of these:

And getting a horrible burn from it on hot days!

37. Getting burned with the seat belt on hot days when your parents came to pick you up after school.

38. And running to the ice cream truck to get a Big Stick:

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