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Lockdown Lowdown Part 2: Throwing it back to 90’s entertainment

By Helen Lang, Account Executive

With this enforced period of isolation, people are finding themselves with time on their hands like they’ve not experienced before. Some people are thriving and are using this time to get things done that they’ve been putting off for ages, while others are learning new skills and taking up new hobbies.

As most of the NB team were born in the 80’s and 90’s, our childhood wasn’t dominated by iPads, Netflix and smartphones – we had to get creative to think of things to keep ourselves entertained.

We’ve cast our minds back (some further than others) to recall what we used to get up to in the hope that it might bring you some nostalgic inspiration for the rest of the time we’re locked down!

  1. Hot/cold game – simply blindfold someone and choose an object for them to find. Then shout hot or cold depending on how close to or far away they are from the object.

  1. Sardines – this one was like next-level hide and seek. Send one person off to hide, and once you’ve located them, hop in beside them. The last person to get inside the ‘sardine can’ loses!

  1. Hama beads – every kid in the 80’s and 90’s must remember picking up a huge bucket of Hama beads from Costco and rushing home to make them into a picture before ironing it to get the beads to melt together. I think my mum was still finding beads on the floor well into the 2000’s!

  1. Paper fortune teller – a piece of paper and a bit of origami and you found yourself with the ideal tool for predicting the future. Kids of the 80’s and 90’s will remember finding out where they’d live and who they’d marry all based on this paper fortune teller!

  1. MASH – playgrounds used to be rife with different versions of MASH. Would you end up in a mansion, apartment, shed or a house? Only one way to find out!

  1. Board games – forget Fifa and Mario Kart, board games are the original source of family arguments. Classics include Monopoly, Kerplunk, Snakes and Ladders, Hungry Hippos and Mouse Trap.

  1. Card games – you can do a lot with a pack of cards, either alone or in groups. Building card pyramids, playing Solitaire as well as classic games of Go Fish, Whist or even a game of Poker.

  1. Making bracelets – this has had many iterations over the years; string friendship bracelets, beaded bracelets, Loom bands and scoobies. But hours and hours have been spent making different colourful bracelets.

  1. Learning famous dance routines – I don’t know anyone from my generation that didn’t learn the dance to Steps’ ‘Tragedy’. Nowadays, most of these videos end up on Tik Tok, but was it better when we were just dancing for the fun of it?

  1. Solving a Rubik’s cube – how many people honestly know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube? This activity was a great way to stretch your brain.

  1. Building bug hotels – we can’t be the only ones who used to love rooting in the dirt and creating a hotel for ants, worms and more. Think Bug’s Life but on a much smaller scale.

  1. Playing the original Sims – potentially the best of the Sims collection thanks to its dark humour and random outbreaks of house fires.

  1. Catching Pokemon or playing Mario on your Gameboy Color – It’s crazy to think that the very first Gameboy came out in 1989! Kids nowadays won’t know the frustration of having to blow the dust out of your copy of Pokemon Red!

  1. Rock paper scissors – this game can last for hours as long as you keep your game play unpredictable.

  1. Thumb wars – Thumb wars used to turn surprisingly aggressive but were a great way of passing time.

While this period of isolation is tough, sometimes we can be guilty of forgetting how fortunate we are to have technology at our fingertips, not only for communicating, but for entertaining.

Just be glad we aren’t still exclusively relying on paper fortune tellers to keep boredom at bay!

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