Clackers are the toy with a million names. They are essentially two large marbles attached by a sturdy string with a ring in the center. You would put your finger in the ring allowing the marbles or balls to hang below. Here is where the fun starts. The idea was to get the two balls tapping (or clacking if you prefer) against each other by pulling up on the ring lightly. Once you got the . . . → Read More: Clackers


Remember the wonderful hopping game that only needed a road surface & a stone. We were easily amused in those days!

Hopscotch provided hours of fun!

This was a game I really enjoyed. I remember drawing the hopscotch grid with special stone,which i kept in a secret place in the gutter outside my house. You needed the right kind of stone, a bit soft & preferably with sharp edge, so it drew nice white . . . → Read More: Hopscotch

‘Killer’ Roller Skates

I don’t know who invented these awful contraptions, but they were lethal! They sort of expanded in the middle to fit your foot by adjusting the screw. You wore your sneakers & they strapped over the top. When you lifted your foot, the skate had a slight ‘dangle’ & it clunked on the pavement with every step. I remember they NEVER went in a straight line & you took your life in your hands every . . . → Read More: ‘Killer’ Roller Skates

Swap Cards

Swap Cards were a passion (more like an obsession) I had as a child. There was only one problem, I never wanted to part with my cards. I remember swapping a couple of times & then going home in tears because I wanted my old cards back! I obviously wasn’t a born swapper. We took them to school in great big bundles with rubber bands round them or some of us (like me) . . . → Read More: Swap Cards

Shaker Maker

These were great fun! You mixed up the plaster in the shaker & the poured it into a variety of different moulds including disney characters, & all sorts of crazy critters. You then waited for them to dry (they shrunk a bit) & then painted them. These were invented in the good old days when children were encouraged to be creative. These too had a unique smell, which I can still remember to this . . . → Read More: Shaker Maker