QUIZ: Can You Remember These Artifacts of Life from the 1980’s?

Today’s smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras are super cool and all, but the 1980s had plenty of interesting objects of its own that seemed like total classics that would never go out of style. In fact, some of these items still live in our hearts and will hit any ‘80s kid with a wave of nostalgia.

So, forget about those PlayStation 5 consoles, flat screen TVs, and drones for a moment and take a trip back in time with this quiz to see how memorable the ‘80s really were. Can you remember all of the bits and bobbles that used to take up space in all of our houses way back then?

Today’s smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras are super cool and all, but the 1980s had plenty of interesting objects of its own that seemed like total classics that would never go out of style. In fact, some of these items still live in our hearts and will hit any ‘80s kid with a wave of nostalgia.

So, forget about those PlayStation 5 consoles, flat screen TVs, and drones for a moment and take a trip back in time with this quiz to see how memorable the ‘80s really were. Can you remember all of the bits and bobbles that used to take up space in all of our houses way back then?

What is this piece of wearable art called?

  • Jelly Bracelet
  • Charm Bracelet
  • Slap Bracelet

These bracelets were made from a flexible material so kids could literally slap them along their wrists and they would coil without falling off. They also came in a variety of designs and colors.

These bracelets were made from a flexible material so kids could literally slap them along their wrists and they would coil without falling off. They also came in a variety of designs and colors.

What type of footwear is this?

  • Doc Martens
  • Jellies
  • Birkenstocks

These shoes were a fashion requirement in the ‘80s and were known as Jellies mainly because they were transparent and had a jelly-like flexibility. They were also very easy to slip on and off and were often infused with glitter.

These shoes were a fashion requirement in the ‘80s and were known as Jellies mainly because they were transparent and had a jelly-like flexibility. They were also very easy to slip on and off and were often infused with glitter.

This toy became so popular with boys that manufacturers decided to create a female counterpart.

  • Care Bears
  • My Buddy & Kid Sister
  • Teddy Ruxpin

The My Buddy Doll was introduced in 1986 by Hasbro as a means to teach boys how to be loving and caring to their friends. But along the way, My Buddy got a sibling in the form of Kid Sister.

The My Buddy Doll was introduced in 1986 by Hasbro as a means to teach boys how to be loving and caring to their friends. But along the way, My Buddy got a sibling in the form of Kid Sister.

What type of footwear brand are these?

  • Keds
  • Converse
  • Air Jordans

Converse shoes were all the rage in the 1980s. But unlike some of the items on this list, this is one type of fashion accessory that has not faded away and continues to be popular today.

Converse shoes were all the rage in the 1980s. But unlike some of the items on this list, this is one type of fashion accessory that has not faded away and continues to be popular today.

Which object looked a bit like the planet Saturn and required kids to jump up and down on the ring?

  • Big Wheel
  • Skip-It
  • Pogo Ball

Kids looking to perfect their balancing skills relied on the Pogo Ball to jump up and down on or simply keep themselves from tipping over by balancing their feet on the outer ring of this device.

Kids looking to perfect their balancing skills relied on the Pogo Ball to jump up and down on or simply keep themselves from tipping over by balancing their feet on the outer ring of this device.

What is this round object and what was it used for?

  • Banana Clip
  • Scrunchie
  • T-Shirt Clip

This device was used to pull a section of a t-shirt to give the appearance of a more fitted top. It was pretty popular so it was rare not to spot at least one person wearing one back when walking down the street in the 1980s.

This device was used to pull a section of a t-shirt to give the appearance of a more fitted top. It was pretty popular so it was rare not to spot at least one person wearing one back when walking down the street in the 1980s.

When kids wanted to sketch something, they used this device.

  • Battleship
  • Lite Bright
  • Etch-a-Sketch

With the use of two knobs, kids were able to twist and turn until they created a design or an object on the gray screen. The only downer was that kids couldn’t make any space in between objects. So essentially, whatever they draw is one big continuous line.

With the use of two knobs, kids were able to twist and turn until they created a design or an object on the gray screen. The only downer was that kids couldn’t make any space in between objects. So essentially, whatever they draw is one big continuous line.

This bear had the power to talk but it wasn’t possessed.

  • Chucky
  • Teddy Ruxpin
  • Paddington Bear

With the help of a cassette tape that was inserted in its back and a motorized mouth, Teddy Ruxpin appeared to come to life and tell stories.

With the help of a cassette tape that was inserted in its back and a motorized mouth, Teddy Ruxpin appeared to come to life and tell stories.

The only thing better than jumping rope was this device.

  • Big Wheel
  • Wheel It
  • Skip-It

This device was great to keep your heart rate up and burn some calories. All the user had to do was attach the device to one leg and spin it. As it did, they had to jump over its string. It was basically the same principle as jumping rope but the ball had a counter to track how many times kids skipped.

This device was great to keep your heart rate up and burn some calories. All the user had to do was attach the device to one leg and spin it. As it did, they had to jump over its string. It was basically the same principle as jumping rope but the ball had a counter to track how many times kids skipped.

What is the name of these adorable artifacts that were around before Beanie Babies became so popular?

  • Beanie Babies
  • Pound Puppies
  • Glo Worm

These plush puppies were everyone’s favorite and some might say they were the precursor to Beanie Babies. In fact, they were so popular that a TV series and a movie was made based off of them.

These plush puppies were everyone’s favorite and some might say they were the precursor to Beanie Babies. In fact, they were so popular that a TV series and a movie was made based off of them.

When kids needed to hear a word out loud, they used this device. What was it called?

  • Speak & Spell
  • Electronic Dictionary
  • Simon

This handheld artifact had a keyboard and a speech synthesizer so that whenever a child spelled out a word and clicked the say it button, it would say the word. The device also contained education game cartridges as well.

This handheld artifact had a keyboard and a speech synthesizer so that whenever a child spelled out a word and clicked the say it button, it would say the word. The device also contained education game cartridges as well.

What type of popular foot gear is this?

  • Air Jordans
  • Keds
  • L.A. Gear

Long before Air Jordans became popular, kids were wearing L.A. Gear sneakers. This high top foot gear was considered cool for kids of all ages back in the 1980s.

Long before Air Jordans became popular, kids were wearing L.A. Gear sneakers. This high top foot gear was considered cool for kids of all ages back in the 1980s.

What object is this? Hint: It was seen a lot at school.

  • Trapper Keeper
  • Sticker Book
  • Pocket Protector

This loose-leaf binder contained sliding plastic rings, folders and pockets that ensured that papers and school related material stayed in place. It also had a Velcro closure that was really neat.

This loose-leaf binder contained sliding plastic rings, folders and pockets that ensured that papers and school related material stayed in place. It also had a Velcro closure that was really neat.

Which slimy looking object is this?

  • Silly Putty
  • Gak
  • Play-Doh

This gooey mixture was slightly gross but kids loved it because it was based off of the same Gak super slime seen on the ultra-popular TV network Nickelodeon.

This gooey mixture was slightly gross but kids loved it because it was based off of the same Gak super slime seen on the ultra-popular TV network Nickelodeon.

Which adorable 1980s object is this?

  • Teddy Ruxpin
  • Glo Worm
  • Care Bear

It was cute, soft, and kids loved to hug it for a very special reason. The toy was designed to glow whenever it was squeezed, which brought plenty of smiles to children.

It was cute, soft, and kids loved to hug it for a very special reason. The toy was designed to glow whenever it was squeezed, which brought plenty of smiles to children.

What is the name of this character, who spawned a series of dolls?

  • Jem
  • Rainbow Brite
  • She-Ra

This popular cartoon character had her own series in the 1980s. Not only did she sing, but she had two identities like Miley Cyrus did on the series "Hannah Montana." One was Jerrica Benton and the other was the alter ego Jem. The show was so popular that it spawned a line of dolls.

This popular cartoon character had her own series in the 1980s. Not only did she sing, but she had two identities like Miley Cyrus did on the series "Hannah Montana." One was Jerrica Benton and the other was the alter ego Jem. The show was so popular that it spawned a line of dolls.

This handheld device was probably a teacher’s least favorite thing.

  • Gameboy
  • Speak and Spell
  • Calculator

This handheld device from Nintendo allowed kids to play some of their favorite games, like Super Mario Bros., without using a game console. And since it was so portable, they could play with it under their desk while their teachers were teaching.

This handheld device from Nintendo allowed kids to play some of their favorite games, like Super Mario Bros., without using a game console. And since it was so portable, they could play with it under their desk while their teachers were teaching.

What are the names of these superheroes? Hint: They’re brother and sister.

  • Transformers
  • He-Man and She-Ra
  • Smurfs

These action figures are based off of the popular cartoon, which started out as “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.” But the studio later decided to give He-Man a twin sister named She-Ra so girls would have a strong female character to look up to.

These action figures are based off of the popular cartoon, which started out as “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.” But the studio later decided to give He-Man a twin sister named She-Ra so girls would have a strong female character to look up to.

What object is this? Hint: It was totally lit!

  • Lite-Brite
  • Battleship
  • Etch-a-Sketch

Since video games were still in their infancy, a lot of kids entertained themselves with this blacklight board that allowed them to attach multi-colored pegs to create an array of designs or even messages.

Since video games were still in their infancy, a lot of kids entertained themselves with this blacklight board that allowed them to attach multi-colored pegs to create an array of designs or even messages.

These were more than just toy cars at a gas station. What were they called?

  • Micro Machines
  • Transformers
  • Hot Wheels

This brand offered all types of toy vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, helicopters, airplanes, boats, tanks, and trains. And as the name suggests, they were all tiny which is what kids loved so much about them.

This brand offered all types of toy vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, helicopters, airplanes, boats, tanks, and trains. And as the name suggests, they were all tiny which is what kids loved so much about them.

It might not have been a Playstation 5, but it was definitely the next best thing.

  • Game Gear
  • Atari
  • Super Nintendo

This video game console was the ancestor of today’s most popular consoles. In fact, a lot of the games that were played back in the day such as Pac-Man and Frogger continue to exist today. But today’s kids wouldn’t be too impressed with the Atari’s graphics.

This video game console was the ancestor of today’s most popular consoles. In fact, a lot of the games that were played back in the day such as Pac-Man and Frogger continue to exist today. But today’s kids wouldn’t be too impressed with the Atari’s graphics.

What was this boardgame called and why was it so popular?

  • Battleship
  • CrossFire
  • Trouble

In order to win, players had to shoot a small puck with small attached guns. Whichever player managed to get the puck in the opposing player’s goal won.

In order to win, players had to shoot a small puck with small attached guns. Whichever player managed to get the puck in the opposing player’s goal won.

What is the name of this multi-colored cube that kept kids entertained for hours?

  • Connect Four
  • Lite Bright
  • Rubik’s Cube

This 3D puzzle was quite a brain teaser in the ‘80s, but it originally went by the name Magic Cube. But regardless of the name, people spent hours trying to move the squares around in order to get the color of the cubes to match on all sides.

This 3D puzzle was quite a brain teaser in the ‘80s, but it originally went by the name Magic Cube. But regardless of the name, people spent hours trying to move the squares around in order to get the color of the cubes to match on all sides.

These stuffed animals taught kids how powerful love really is. What were they?

  • Rainbow Brite
  • Care Bears
  • Teddy Ruxpin

The Care Bears came in different colors and different personalities. They also had special emblems like hearts, sunshine and rainbows on their chests that they used to project love onto someone or something. This process was called a “Care Bear Stare.”

The Care Bears came in different colors and different personalities. They also had special emblems like hearts, sunshine and rainbows on their chests that they used to project love onto someone or something. This process was called a “Care Bear Stare.”

Long before people started taking selfies, they used this object to take an instant photo.

  • CD player
  • Pocket computer
  • Polaroid camera

This type of camera was extra popular because people didn’t have to wait for their films to be developed at a photo shop. Instead, they pointed to an object, clicked, and waited for the photo to come out and develop on its own.

This type of camera was extra popular because people didn’t have to wait for their films to be developed at a photo shop. Instead, they pointed to an object, clicked, and waited for the photo to come out and develop on its own.

What pedaling object was so much better than riding a bike?

  • Scooter
  • Big Wheel
  • Power Wheel

This popular object was a low-riding tricycle that consisted of one big wheel in the front and two smaller ones in the back. It was also made primarily of plastic.

This popular object was a low-riding tricycle that consisted of one big wheel in the front and two smaller ones in the back. It was also made primarily of plastic.

What is this object? Hint: It needed an electronic device to work.

  • VHS
  • Audio cassette
  • Beta Max

Long before DVDs and digital streaming became popular, there was a little something called a VHS tape, which contained people’s favorite movies. To watch these movies, they had to pop the tape into a device called a VCR.

Long before DVDs and digital streaming became popular, there was a little something called a VHS tape, which contained people’s favorite movies. To watch these movies, they had to pop the tape into a device called a VCR.

Which popular board game is this? Hint: It resembles a place kids love to hang out in.

  • Mall Madness
  • Dream Phone
  • Girl Talk

This boardgame was designed to look just like a mall and players were given fake cash and fake credit cards to use and there were plenty of sales, clearances and fun.

This boardgame was designed to look just like a mall and players were given fake cash and fake credit cards to use and there were plenty of sales, clearances and fun.

Think of it as a card catalog of sorts. But in lieu of book information, each card contained something else. What was the name of this object?

  • Card shuffler
  • Rolodex
  • Trapper Keeper

Practically every business had a rolodex, which was a directory of business and personal contacts and they were all handwritten. But this was way before people started using Google search.

Practically every business had a rolodex, which was a directory of business and personal contacts and they were all handwritten. But this was way before people started using Google search.

Which objects were popular with kids who loved wrestling?

  • Hulk Pounders
  • My Buddy
  • Wrestling Buddies

These plush toys were called Wrestling Buddies and they were in the shape of the most popular characters in the wrestling world such as Macho Man and Hulk Hogan.

These plush toys were called Wrestling Buddies and they were in the shape of the most popular characters in the wrestling world such as Macho Man and Hulk Hogan.

What is this object? Hint: Those speakers enhanced the way people listened to music.

  • Boombox
  • Walkman
  • Radio

This device allowed people to either blast their music from their favorite AM/FM radio station, or they could slide their favorite cassette into the tape holder and hit play. It was just that simple.

This device allowed people to either blast their music from their favorite AM/FM radio station, or they could slide their favorite cassette into the tape holder and hit play. It was just that simple.

Which object provided kids with a 3D view of themed photos?

  • The Talkboy
  • The View-Master
  • The Polaroid Camera

Essentially, all kids had to do to view the 3D images was to stick one of the thing cardboard disks with different reels into the View-Master and click on a handle to switch reels. A lot of the disks showed things like animals but others contained stories of popular cartoons.

Essentially, all kids had to do to view the 3D images was to stick one of the thing cardboard disks with different reels into the View-Master and click on a handle to switch reels. A lot of the disks showed things like animals but others contained stories of popular cartoons.

What was this object used for? Hint: People could reach out with this.

  • Walkman
  • Rotary phone
  • Meat cleaver

This type of phone used pulse dialing, a form of signaling technology that allowed people to communicate with others by dialing the number on a circular dial. Unfortunately, a lot of people lost their press-on nails dialing on these phones.

This type of phone used pulse dialing, a form of signaling technology that allowed people to communicate with others by dialing the number on a circular dial. Unfortunately, a lot of people lost their press-on nails dialing on these phones.

What object is this? Hint: They were pretty popular ‘80s trading cards.

  • Garbage Pail Kids
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Care Bears

These cards were intended to be a sort of parody for the Cabbage Patch Dolls trading cards. But they became so popular that kids started collecting them and trading them on the playground.

These cards were intended to be a sort of parody for the Cabbage Patch Dolls trading cards. But they became so popular that kids started collecting them and trading them on the playground.

What is this object? Hint: It was used to record and play things.

  • Memory card
  • Cassette tape
  • VHS tape

This artifact was made for audio play and recording. But most ‘80s kids will remember how heartbreaking it was when the magnetic tape got tangled in the cassette player, essentially ruining the tape forever.

This artifact was made for audio play and recording. But most ‘80s kids will remember how heartbreaking it was when the magnetic tape got tangled in the cassette player, essentially ruining the tape forever.

What are these keyboards called?

  • Apple Computers
  • Typewriters
  • Modems

Admittedly, typewriters have been around since the late 19th century. But they really became a staple in businesses in the 1980s. However, some people also owned one at home to type letters or write books.

Admittedly, typewriters have been around since the late 19th century. But they really became a staple in businesses in the 1980s. However, some people also owned one at home to type letters or write books.

It looks like an iWatch but it served a much simpler purpose in the 1980s.

  • Apple Watch
  • Telephone Watch
  • Calculator Watch

These types of watches were released in the 1970s but became a hit in the 1980s. Eventually, Casio released a version that could store phone numbers and appointments as well.

These types of watches were released in the 1970s but became a hit in the 1980s. Eventually, Casio released a version that could store phone numbers and appointments as well.

What is this? Hint: It was used for digital storage.

  • Zip Disk
  • Floppy Disk
  • Compact Disk

These disks were inserted into a computer’s disk drive slot whenever a user needed to save a file. Unfortunately, it didn’t have a whole lot of storage capacity like the USB drives used today.

These disks were inserted into a computer’s disk drive slot whenever a user needed to save a file. Unfortunately, it didn’t have a whole lot of storage capacity like the USB drives used today.

What is this thing that looks like a can opener with letters?

  • Can opener
  • Label Maker
  • Rubber Stamp

This device was used to print text on a self-adhesive strip of paper or plastic. Today, label makers continue to exist but are mainly digital unlike the bulky, metallic counterparts of the 1980s.

This device was used to print text on a self-adhesive strip of paper or plastic. Today, label makers continue to exist but are mainly digital unlike the bulky, metallic counterparts of the 1980s.

It looks like a printer or a copying machine. What is this object?

  • Fax Machine
  • Video Recorder
  • VCR

Fax machines were first introduced as a means to send images and text across vast distances. It became everyone’s personal telegraph and remains in use today but isn’t quite as popular.

Fax machines were first introduced as a means to send images and text across vast distances. It became everyone’s personal telegraph and remains in use today but isn’t quite as popular.

What game is being played that looks like a wheel?

  • Life
  • Monopoly
  • Trivial Pursuit

The game was released in 1981, but it wasn’t until 1984 that it became very popular. The point of the game is to answer a series of trivia questions right and earn pie wedges to fill in a circular playing piece. Today, this game continues to be popular in its traditional format as well as on game consoles.

The game was released in 1981, but it wasn’t until 1984 that it became very popular. The point of the game is to answer a series of trivia questions right and earn pie wedges to fill in a circular playing piece. Today, this game continues to be popular in its traditional format as well as on game consoles.

What is this enormous piece of furniture? Hint: It was found in libraries.

  • Filing cabinet
  • Card catalog
  • Safe deposit box

Decades before libraries starting using OPAC (online public access catalog), librarians and book worms relied on card catalogs, which were stored in these cabinets, to find a book.

Decades before libraries starting using OPAC (online public access catalog), librarians and book worms relied on card catalogs, which were stored in these cabinets, to find a book.

What game console does this controller belong to?

  • Nintendo
  • Playstation
  • Atari

The Nintendo Entertainment System or NES for short became available in the United States in 1986. At the time, a lot of players experienced what is called Nintendo finger, which is a bruise on the hand's thumb caused by repeatedly pressing on the controller.

The Nintendo Entertainment System or NES for short became available in the United States in 1986. At the time, a lot of players experienced what is called Nintendo finger, which is a bruise on the hand's thumb caused by repeatedly pressing on the controller.

They might not have looked like much when they were closed, but the interior offered hours of entertainment. What was this toy called?

  • Tamagotchi
  • Girl Talk
  • Polly Pocket

Polly Pocket dolls were tiny and came in pocket-sized cases that offered interiors of homes complete with beds, couches and more. Of course, each case had a different interior design that kids could use as a backdrop for their miniature doll’s adventures.

Polly Pocket dolls were tiny and came in pocket-sized cases that offered interiors of homes complete with beds, couches and more. Of course, each case had a different interior design that kids could use as a backdrop for their miniature doll’s adventures.

What type of electronic device is this person using?

  • Word Processor
  • Early Desktop Computer
  • Typewriter

The Osborne 1 was released in 1981 and was considered the first personal desktop computer or PC. Unfortunately, the company that made them tanked. But over the years, the concept of a PC continued to improve.

The Osborne 1 was released in 1981 and was considered the first personal desktop computer or PC. Unfortunately, the company that made them tanked. But over the years, the concept of a PC continued to improve.

What is this object called? Hint: It was used on people’s heads.

  • Alligator Clip
  • Banana Clip
  • Scrunchie

Girls would loosen their hair and use the banana clip to pull their hair into a voluminous ponytail. Best of all, it came in so many different colors, so girls could pick a different one every day to match their ensemble.

Girls would loosen their hair and use the banana clip to pull their hair into a voluminous ponytail. Best of all, it came in so many different colors, so girls could pick a different one every day to match their ensemble.

What is this object called? Hint: It was the next generation of the Walkman.

  • Walkie-Talkie
  • Portable CD Player
  • Talkboy

Towards the end of the decade, the portable CD player was introduced which allowed people to listen to CDs on the go. Unfortunately, it took a while for manufacturers to design a model with a skipless version that prevented the CD from stopping or skipping when people moved.

Towards the end of the decade, the portable CD player was introduced which allowed people to listen to CDs on the go. Unfortunately, it took a while for manufacturers to design a model with a skipless version that prevented the CD from stopping or skipping when people moved.

What was this big black square used for? Hint: It got slid into a computer.

  • Polaroid
  • Cassette Tape
  • Floppy Disk

This item was used to store information from computers and required a fabric sleeve to prevent dust from getting on the disk. Eventually, manufacturers created a floppy disk that was smaller and had a harder shell.

This item was used to store information from computers and required a fabric sleeve to prevent dust from getting on the disk. Eventually, manufacturers created a floppy disk that was smaller and had a harder shell.

What was this object that kids loved to wear around their wrists?

  • Jelly Bracelet
  • Friendship Bracelet
  • Slap Bracelet

This item had the same principle style as jelly shoes in that they were flexible, transparent and had glitter on the inside. So, naturally, they were a major fashion accessory that came in a variety of colors.

This item had the same principle style as jelly shoes in that they were flexible, transparent and had glitter on the inside. So, naturally, they were a major fashion accessory that came in a variety of colors.

What are these objects called? Hint? They smelled delicious.

  • Jelly Stickers
  • Scratch n’ Sniff Stickers
  • Lisa Frank Stickers

Unlike regular stickers, these items not only looked tasty, but smelled tasty too. All kids had to do was scratch the sticker and it would release the scent of the food that was pictured on the front like cupcakes, bananas and chocolate.

Unlike regular stickers, these items not only looked tasty, but smelled tasty too. All kids had to do was scratch the sticker and it would release the scent of the food that was pictured on the front like cupcakes, bananas and chocolate.

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