Spinners and the other toy crazes banned from schools


Fidget spinners are the latest craze being banned from UK classrooms.

Originally designed to help kids with conditions like autism deal with stress, they have now become a popular toy.

Schools have banned them saying some are poorly made and can be a distraction for pupils.

They join a long and distinguished list of other childhood favourites now living in the teacher's top drawer.

Fidget Spinners

You can see why the spinners might be a little distracting in class...

...but how many of these were banned from your school? And keep reading to see the teacher who turned confiscated toys into art.


Conkers game

An oldie but a goodie and the best part was getting your hands on them didn't cost any pocket money.

To play all you needed to do was carefully run a piece of string or a shoelace through the seed from a horse chestnut tree.

The rules, simple enough, take turns bashing each others conker until you break your opponent's.

Tricks for hardening them include soaking in varnish, vinegar or even roasting them.

(Although anything but having a natural conker was cheating of course).

Loom bands

Loom bands

More recently, living rooms, car seats and school playgrounds were rammed when the bands suddenly became must-have accessories.

Billions of them were sold and then made into various forms of rubbery jewellery.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Harry Styles were among the famous people spotted wearing bracelets made from them.

However, there were also warnings from welfare groups that the bands were dangerous if swallowed by pets.

Pokemon cards

Pokemon cards

"Pikachi, I choose you..."

Long before you could download an app and find them in your neighbour's garden, Pokemon collection cards were the big thing after being launched in 1996.

Players shuffled their decks and selected seven cards then battled it out Top Trumps style.

The dream of being a real-life Ash Ketchum saw rare cards being traded for hundreds of pounds



Who knew keeping alive a virtual pet would become so addictive?

Whether it was a cat, dog or bird, owners would have to feed, exercise and clean up after their virtual best friend.

Bragging rights went to whoever kept their animal alive for the most number of days.

Teachers probably confiscated enough of these to start a zoo during their 1990s boom.

Inside Sir's desk

Guy Tarrant has been teaching for over 20 years and also spends his time gathering objects taken away from pupils.

"There's so much stuff, so many fads and stages. From mobile phones, digital watches and hats. I worked as a supply teacher in over 150 schools so I've probably seen it all.

"One of the most surreal things I've seen is a make-shift axe fashioned from bits on the school roof. The student climbed up and made it before returning to the playground," Guy added.

Items from Guy Tarrant's collection

Guy admits that when he was at school his teacher took his football sticker cards - so he knows the pain when he now takes something from a pupil.

"We take anything considered to be 'off-task,' anything that can distract that pupil or others in the classroom."

"I used to play with some of the things I confiscated. Rubix cubes were always fun."

Toys from Guy Tarrant's collection

Generally most teachers return the objects at the end of the day or school term unless it's considered dangerous.

"Everyone has been to school so everyone has taken something into school which may be deemed inappropriate.

"I've picked up lots of pieces of very expensive jewellery which students just didn't collect back.

"Electrical equipment, weapons, you name it you'd be surprised what some people bring in."

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