Thinking back you would not believe some of the toys we played with in childhood were so dangerous.  Parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that safety standards for children’s toys have improved since these catastrophes hit the shelves. If you look hard enough you can still get some of these toys on Facebook marketplace, eBay, or at a lucky garage sale.

Lots are banned like baby cribs, baby car seats, and swings because of the risk of harm to a child. Toys on the other hand it was hit or miss growing up. Parents took their chances with some of the toys we grew up with. Mom was always close with a squeeze bottle of Bactine, a cleansing spray & liquid that takes the “ouch” out of cuts, scrapes, and minor burns and kills 99.9% of germs* at the same time. The formula is different now… it really stung back in the day.

The problem with kids back then and kids now is we never played with toys the way they were intended. Never read the directions on the warning labels because the toys didn’t have them on most of the games. Never knew little Timmy would get hit in the head with Lawn Darts in the foot or head. Just thought it would be fun to see how high you could throw one.

Here’s a sample of  The Top 4 Traumatizing Kids Banned Toys From Childhood… Here’s to surviving our childhood!

  • Lawn Darts

    In 1970, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified sharp-pointed lawn darts as a “mechanical hazard,” a designation that prohibited the sale of lawn darts. But they were sure fun to throw at each other. Just kidding!

  • Kracy Klackers

    The 1970’s were a great decade to be a kid. We got to walk around with legitimate martial arts weapons like the Klacker balls and Lawn Darts. It was awesome. I don’t want to admit how many times I smacked my wrist or head playing with these.

  • The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab

    Atomic Energy Lab was meant to let kids experiment with nuclear physics in the comfort of their own homes! What could go wrong? Thank goodness we have had better scientific understanding since 1951.

  • Rollerblade Barbie from Mattel (1992)

    Rollerblade Barbie… Once dragged back and forth across a surface the rollerblades would fire out sparks. Mattel eventually banned the toy due to fire hazards and safety concerns. Remember how much hairspray was used back in the day?

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