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

I remember most of these. Some were a little before my time. (Born in 1987). Ah nostalgia.
With the exception of the pencil vending machine (the whaaaa?!), this is as accurate a list as you’ve ever seen.

You’ll beat The Oregon Trail one day!

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

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:

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:

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

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

Eating your vanilla ice cream with a wooden spoon:

10. Signing your DARE pledge to NEVER do drugs:

Signing your DARE pledge to NEVER do drugs:

You really just did it for the T-shirt.

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