Writing about my Barbies and the Karosel Kitchen dredged up memories deep in the recesses of my mind of other toys I loved as a kid.
Who remembers “Clackers?”
Clackers were a toy with a bajillion names. I knew them as Clackers but they were also called Whackers, Rockers, Bonkers, Click Clacks, Knockers, Quick Klacks and more.
I was really good at taking those two large glass marbles attached together with string and a ring on top and clacking away for long periods of time.
I was going to say hours but that might be a slight exaggeration.
I was such an expert at clacking I could do the professional move of clacking below and above my hand in an amazing click clacking full circle. That move took a lot of practice and many bruises to perfect. But what fun is a toy if there isn’t pain involved?
I also recalled in my stroll down memory lane….a funny story about making our own “Clackers”.
A close childhood friend had broken her Clackers from power clacking and didn’t have the funds to go out and buy another pair. So she and I devised a plan to take 2 of her mothers glass grapes and make our own. Surely her mom wouldn’t miss 2 grapes from that huge bunch. Our first step was removing the grapes quickly without being detected.
Did you know those things were connected with wire?
I can’t remember how we finally got them off the bunch but we were successful. Next step was figuring out how to attach the string to the grape. The determined young clack stars that we were, of course we had a pair of homemade “Clackers” in no time.
Problem with this whole crafty Clacker project was the lack of permission, because my friend’s dear mother did notice the 2 missing grapes from her otherwise FULL bunch.
Let’s not go into details of the consequences.
The reason we made these homemade Clackers is the same reason that the toy was eventually banned. When the Clackers would break sometimes kids would end up with pieces of clack in their eyes. Sad.
Sadder still is what kids have to play with these days. Because safety first and all that nonsense they made these plastic things. They call these,”Clackers”! These plastic imitations are nothing like a Clacker. Where is the pain? Where are the bruises? Where is the loud obnoxious sound?
These should be called “Whimpers”.