This thought all started the other day whilst I was food shopping, I was browsing the cereals and in typical Sammie style was looking for the best offer. Then I came across the Coco Pops, they weren't on offer BUT they had a free toy so into the trolley they went! I am deffo the sort of person who the cereal companies aim this sort of thing at! I am normally a really good moneysaver but when it comes to childhood memories that all goes out of the window!
To be honest the free 'toy' is not really something that would excite my children, its more aimed at adults as it is a clip to keep the cereal fresh! Never the less I am happy with it!
So all the way home I was thinking back to my Childhood and all the super cool toys my and my sister used to argue over in the cereal boxes! We must of cost our parents a fortune, but I guess that is the manufacturers aim?! Things that stick out most in my mind are the bike reflectors and wheel spokes they were awesome to a 7 and 4 year old! I also remember the circle toys (I think from Shreddies) you threw them at the window/wall and they stuck. I cant remember what they were called but I remember being the envy of the playground because I had a gold one haha! How about colour changing spoons?! Does anyone remember them?! I remember having a Frankenstein one I think?
It got me thinking so much I rummaged through my childhood box and came across these:
The tweety is from early 90's I don't remember it so I think it is possibly my sisters. I have got a couple of the meteor particle cards, I remember getting them and thinking it was super cool to have a piece of a meteor! The footballer is from Euro2000 and the Randle from Monsters Inc I am not sure on a date but again I think it must be my sisters?!
Saving the best until last I also found this from 1991:
Tony the tiger on a skateboard!!!!
Why is it so rare to see toys in cereal packs nowadays? Surely if it was to discourage kids from eating sugary cereal they could put them in non sugary cereals? But at the end of the day I let my son have a variety of cereal some sugary some not, balance is what is key here.
I cant help but think that my kiddies are going to miss out on a staple childhood memory!! I mean Chester is 3 and he would love some spokes and reflectors for his bike, in fact I think it would encourage him to use it more often and that cant be a bad thing can it?
So come on then what cereal toys to you remember as a child, I would love to know!