The swinging sixties are famous for all kinds of world-changing inventions.
From the moon landing to the first ever heart transplant, it was a decade of excitement and progress.
While our old cassettes might not be all the rage any more, there are some fun 60s inventions that we take for granted these days.
We’ve listed a few of our favourites here. Which ones do you and your family still enjoy today?
1. Etch a Sketch
Just as the sixties were getting in gear, so was the Etch A Sketch.
Originally called the Magic Screen, this addictive toy looked like the TV sets that were appearing in everyone’s living rooms.
The adverts made it look so easy. Although using one was a bit trickier than they let on!
While other children drew masterpieces, all we managed was a few squiggly lines. But it was still good fun.
Even though Etch A Sketch isn’t as flashy as lots of games today, it’s still popular with the kids.
After all, sometimes the simplest pleasures are the best.
2. The miniskirt
The miniskirt first appeared in the early sixties, thanks to designer Mary Quant.
She started raising the hem of her skirts for the young, rebellious women who were flocking to her London boutique.
As customers queued to buy this exciting new garment, naysayers would knock on the window and shout disapprovingly. But that didn’t put people off.
We loved pairing our miniskirts with bright tights and Mary Jane shoes, and it didn’t take long to become a wardrobe staple.
Our favourite game first hit the shelves in 1966. It was invented by Reyn Guyer, who originally called it ‘Pretzel’.
For many stores in the 60s, however, Twister looked a bit too racy. Some places even refused to stock it.
America’s Johnny Carson came to the rescue. He played it live on The Tonight Show with glamorous actress Eva Gabor, to fits of laughter from the audience.
The next day, it was flying off the shelves.
Twister has been a family favourite ever since. It’s often in the news for world record attempts, too. In 2010, thousands of people in Texas played a giant game on 1,200 Twister mats!
It’s funny to think that the duvet wasn’t a household essential when the sixties began.
These comfy covers were introduced to the UK as the ‘continental quilt’ by Terrence Conran in 1964. He sold them in his trendy store, Habitat.
Before then, we were used to sleeping under layers of sheets and blankets. These could be a bit of a faff to neaten up in the morning.
Conran cleverly marketed the duvet as the ’10 second bed’. All you had to do was pull the corners and the bed was made.
People weren’t keen on giving up their blankets at first. But it didn’t take long for housewives to decide the duvet was the easiest (and cosiest) way to get a good night’s sleep.
As the sixties began, girls everywhere were discovering Barbie – the plastic fashionista.
Many were quick to criticise Barbie’s bizarre body shape. But her creator, Ruth Handler, was determined to use the doll to inspire young girls.
Hundreds of Barbies with different careers have been made over the years. From nurse, astronaut and fireman, to robotics engineer, builder and scientist.
It’s not just children who adore her, either. Adults do too. One person even shelled out £302,500 for a diamond-clad doll at a charity auction in 2010.
So whether you love or loathe her, it looks like Barbie is here to stay.