Thin, colourful bracelets made of rubber, Silly Bandz were all the rage in 2009. Kids snapped up the various shapes with abandon (dogs, pigs, cats – there were even Justin Bieber-themed varieties). In 2019 you’ll be hard-pressed to find Silly Bandz in any primary school classroom.
Yo Gabba Gabba
A decade ago, toddlers and pre-schoolers were all in when it came to Yo Gabba Gabba , a dare we say trippy children’s show airing on Nickelodeon. A mix of live-action and puppetry with a ton of music and dancing thrown in, little ones couldn’t get enough of DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofoo, Brobee, Toodoo, and Plex. However, all good things must come to an end and the series ceased production in 2015.
Zhu Zhu Pets
Every year there’s a hot toy kids just have to have around the Christmas holidays, sending panicked parents into a frenzy trying to get their hands on this in-demand item. In 2009, the kiddos were loving Zhu Zhu Pets, plush robot hamsters that scurry around the floor with the push of a button. Zhu Zhu Pets do still exist, but they’ve fallen from the hot toys list over the last ten years in favour of newer playthings.