When people think of some of their favorite toys from childhood, they start to reminisce. Many people may even have passed down some of those toys to their kids now, or hope to find replicates of those classic toys they once loved as a kid. They often have fond memories of some of the toys and products they owned as kids, never realizing things were very, very wrong with some of them!
Sorry to say, some of our favorite kid toys and products are now banned! It may even be surprising to discover some toys that were beloved when we were youths are now no longer manufactured because they have been banned for a variety of reasons, but mostly, for causing a variety of issues.
We have compiled a list of kid toys and products that are now banned. Some are outside toys, while others are role playing items, and some were so trendy we may miss when once we read all about how they were banned. Also included on this list are 5 kid toys and products that are headed for the banned list, so be sure to read to the end, because some of those are quite surprising!
Jarts, otherwise known as lawn darts, were all the rage back in the 1980s. These outside toys were extremely popular. The idea of the game was to throw this large dart into the air, and get it to land in a ring. It was a hit at parties and BBQ’s. But, now, this lawn game is banned, because of the possible effect on the children who play it. There was once an incident with a seven-year old-girl, and ever since then the toy has been banned.
19 Sky Dancers
These pretty dolls would fly into the air and spin around. Sky dancers seemed like loads of fun for any little girl, who could watch the ballerina type doll fluttery and spin as she released her up into the air. Well, these dolls were placed on the ban list, since the dolls' range of motion with helicopter like wings was unpredictable and parents and children could not control the dolls when they flew into the air. Sky dancers were officially banned in the year 2000.
18 Might Be Next: Sidewalk Chalk
Yes, there is actually a push by some people to ban the classic sidewalk chalk! The reasons are somewhat obvious – it all has to do with the dust that chalk creates. We know that in most schools, teachers no longer use chalk and this may be one of the reasons why. When kids are using chalk, they may unknowingly breathe in the dust. Kids with asthma or other respiratory issues may be affected. Will our children’s favorite colored sidewalk chalk ever actually be banned? Time will tell.
17 Candy Paraphernalia
What kid doesn’t want to pretend to be a grownup by playing with candy cigarettes? Yes, candy items were officially a thing! If you remember these candies, congratulations, you are likely old now! It is not much of a surprise these types of candies were banned, since obviously they promoted a habit that should not be encouraged. These candies were fun to a lot of kids. You could even puff out fake smoke! Obviously, it is surprising that they were ever even on the market in the first place, but they have since been banned.
16 Snacktime Kid Cabbage Patch Doll
We all remember cabbage patch dolls! They were so cuddly and cute, and girls everywhere had one and wanted more. Then, the ultimate cabbage patch doll was released that soon caused some discomfort. The snack time kid cabbage patch doll sounds like an adorable idea. It's a doll that you can feed. Seems cute, right? Wrong! This doll caused some issues! This cute doll had a mechanical jaw that was not always easy to control, and this caused obvious problems.
15 Water Rockets
Water rockets seemed like fun toy back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But many of us could easily see this toy becoming a problem. Water rockets were large rockets that you could fill with water and launch. Yeah, that sure sounds like a problem waiting to happen. And it was. The route the rockets would take was not always into the air, and as we know, what goes up must come down. The unpredictability of these large rockets ensured that they were banned swiftly.
14 Slap Bracelets
Do you have fond memories of slap bracelets?! We sure do! Slap bracelets were the thing back when many of us were kids! You would collect all types of designs and slap them on your wrist. Many of us may remember slap bracelets, and how before we knew it, this cool bracelets were banned. The original slap bracelets had metal pieces in them, so you can only imagine what happened to the people who used them. Ouch. Soon there was a ban, which first was made by school districts and then by the government. Recently, they have brought back slap bracelets, but without the metal.
13 Might Be Next: Itty Bitty Baby Stacking Toy
There is actually an organization called WATCH that literally watches out for the safety of our children when it comes to toys and other child related products. Looking at this cute toy with Disney characters, you might wonder what the issue could be. According to WATCH, as told by toysafety.org, the tiny bows and other small pieces can come off. We know how much little ones loved to chew on these types of toys, too. They also state that there is no age recommendation for this toy, either.
12 Water Balls
Water balls seemed like a fun toy for a kid of any age. These toys were squishy balls on a squishy string, like a yo-yo. The balls were filled with “water,” which was most likely some kind of goo. Kids would swing them around and squish them, and they were loads of entertainment – until they were banned. First, the string posed an obvious problem. Second, the water could be released from the ball and ingested. Finally, they were officially banned!
Let’s face it – give kids some toy balls in any shape and size, and you may have a problem on your hands. Buckyballs were toy magnets that you could stick together to create all kinds of fun designs. But, these little metal balls caused issues. The Consumer Product Safety Commission called for an immediate ban of these teeny tiny ball magnets, citing the possibility of ingesting. This was in 2012. The company that makes these magnets have continuously tried to have the ban overturned. However, we can probably all agree that these little buckyball magnets may be fun for older kids, but not right for the little ones.
10 CSI Fingerprint Game
All future CSI investigators had to have the CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit! This game made an ordinary kid turn into a real-life detective. They could use dust to find fingerprints, just like the pros do. However, a huge issue was discovered, and it wasn’t the culprit's fingerprints. In the clay this game used, after multiple testings, asbestos was found. You have to live under a rock to not know that asbestos should be avoided, especially for our little ones who are playing with this game! Once this discovery was made, a ban was immediately put in place.
9 Might Be Next: Bouncy Houses
According to PBS.org, bouncy houses are not regulated by the government. Some people say it is either time to enforce strict rules or ban these contraptions altogether. We have all seen and heard the stories. No matter how secure it may seem in the yard, all it takes it a big gust of wind to send this inflatable house flying. The stories are certainly worrisome. Maybe it is time to say goodbye to bouncy houses.
8 Aqua Dots
The toy Aqua Dots seemed like tons of fun for any kid. Aqua Dots were little beads that would stick together when sprayed with water, and kids could make and meld all kinds of creations. While these little pieces were not meant to be ingested, stuff happens. Children (and even a dog) ate these Aqua Dots, and it was determined that Aqua Dots were coated with a problematic chemical compound! Needless to say, they were yanked off the shelves and the company was sued.
7 Easy Bake Oven
Raise your hand if you had (or really wanted) an Easy Bake Oven! Many of us absolutely loved this creation growing up. You could actually bake with it! Unfortunately, the toy many of us grew up enjoying was officially banned – the company referred to it as “retired.” So what happened? It all had to do with the wattage of the bulb, which was used to cook our yummy baked treats. Federal law banned the wattage of the bulb, which was 100 watts. No bulb means no baked goods, and thus, no easy bake oven.
6 Baby Boats
When it comes to babies and water safety, you can never be too careful. A baby float boat manufactured by Aqua Leisure was found to cause issues. This float looks like any other that you would place a baby in to enjoy a pool in a safe manner. There was one problem; the material piece holding baby’s bottom in place can suddenly tear. Needless to say, this is a huge defect, and these so-called baby boats were banned.
The toys known as clackers (or knick knacks or knockers) have been around for decades. They consist of two metal, acrylic, or hard plastic balls on adjoining sticks that you literally clack together. They're not much of a toy, but they were always hugely popular. Kids would clack their clackers together as fast and as hard as they possibly could. It was good entertainment for a while, until they were banned. The problem is that the pieces of the balls would sometimes break off in fragments. Clackers are now banned, but you may be able to find similar toys that are smaller and made of lightweight plastic.
4 Harley Motorcycle
This ban is a bit more innocent than it appears! We, of course, are not talking about real Harley Davidson Motorcycles, but rather, the fun toy counterparts that make kids squeal with glee and parents cringe. The Harleys that were banned were pulled from shelves due to high lead levels, due to an increase in government standards. The ban was was simply due to lead levels. The ban was placed, the company complied, and they started making new bikes with the proper lead levels.
3 Might Be Next: Pull Along Pony
The Pull Along Pony toy is a cute horse that little ones can literally pull along behind them. Kids, especially young toddlers, love these types of toys! We see them all over the store, so what is wrong with this one and why should it get banned? Toysafety.org gives a very compelling reason, and it should actually concern us all: “Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are still permitted to market 'pull toys' such as the 'Pull Along Pony' with a cord measuring approximately 19 inches. No warnings are provided.”
2 Metal Playgrounds
All those metal playground equipment we grew up with are long gone now. You may have noticed that playgrounds these days are made with plastic, wood, or other materials. You do not find much metal, if any at all. Remember the days your bottom would burn going down those metal slides?! That hurt! Now, slides are all made of some sort of strong plastic material. This is all due to metal components being banned from being used in playground equipment.
1 Might Be Next: Fidget Spinners
The fidget spinner craze has somewhat gone down, but those toys are still out there, annoying parents and teachers! Believe it or not, fidget spinners also have a problematic component that experts say will eventually cause them to be banned. A fidget spinner typically has a center piece and at least three “legs” radiating outwards. In each toy, there is a small piece that can become dislodged, posing a problem for children. They are certainly not meant for little ones, but some of these fidget spinners break apart way too easily, and that may lead to a ban.
Sources: Parents.com, Gizmoto.com, CPSC.gov, Mentalfloss.com, burlingamepezmuseum.com, USAToday, NYTimes, toysafety.org, PBS.org