If you were a child in the late 1960’s and/or early 1970’s you would remember ‘Clackers’ … also known as a multitude of other names including:
Could you imagine toys with those sort of names in this day and age with our over the top politically correct, lets wrap everyone in cotton wool and bubble wrap culture?
Anyway, back then ‘Clackers’ or whatever you liked to call them were hugely popular. They were 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 go the hang of it, you could get them going faster and faster until they were smacking each other above and below your hand in a stunning arc, and making the delicious ‘clacking sound’ that I’m sure all parents just loved!!
Clackers were taken off the market in the United States when reports came out of children becoming injured while playing with them. Fairly heavy and fast-moving, and made of hard acrylic plastic, the balls would occasionally shatter upon striking each other. There were also reports of the string breaking and balls flying! They were officially banned in the US in 1985. Strangely, they were never banned here in Australia.
I first learnt about ‘Clackers’ when over visiting a friend’s house. She had some … and I became obsessed! I could not get enough of playing with them. Loved them – even though I would leave with bruises all over my hands and arms! Oh I wanted some of my own so badly, but I never did get any. I wonder why Mum and Dad never came to the party? Perhaps the noise of them might have had something to do with it or maybe they cleverly could see the dangers of the things!
Did you have some clackers when you were a kid or were you like me and envied your friends who had them?
Ciao for now,
Link up here at WOTM or with another of us in the Lovin’ Life Linky team:
Leanne of Deep Fried Fruit
Lyndall of Seize the Day Project
and Jo of And Anyways
NOTE: Kathy of 50 Shades of Age is away on holidays currently cruising the Mediterranean!