Many a child of the 90s will remember this stupid toy with the catchy theme song that was about as creative as the Hot Pockets jingle.
Essentially, you attached a a weight to your ankle and spun it around, hopping (or skipping, if you will) over the over the string.
The Skip-It was based on a toy from the 1960s called a Lemon Twist, which was basically a lemon-shaped weight on the end of a string. I’m not totally sure why lemons were toys, but whatever. We’ll just chalk it up to being a different time.
Skip-Its as they’re currently known were created in the 1980s but they originally looked like whiffle balls attached to a bungee cord.
They were redesigned in the 1990s to be heavier and with a skip counter so you could keep track of exactly how many times you managed to avoid wrapping the tether around your free leg and whacking yourself in the ankle.
There was another redesign in 2013 to create a spin-off toy called Twister Rave Skip-It which sounds like a ridiculously unnecessary mash-up that even the writers of “Glee” would think is a bit too much.
Rather than try to keep redesigning this toy, perhaps we should just find something else to play with. If we want to do a full throwback to the original Lemon Twist, I’m pretty sure it might be more fun to just throw a bunch of lemons at each other.