With back to school around the corner, but we can easily say kids these days don't know what they're missing out on.

As schools get more and more high-tech with classroom apps and touch-screen tablets, there just seems to be something comforting about those tabletop sharpeners or the tiny keypad on your watch calculator to figure out a math question.

So in honour of not going back to school, we've pulled together a nostalgic list some of our all-time favourite school supplies. And yes, not all of these items are exactly "extinct" — but wouldn't it be fun to have some of them kicking around at your office?

Which ones did we miss? Leave your favourites in the comments below.

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  • Gel Pens

    Because, everything <em>really</em> does look better in neon green and super-bright yellow.

  • Push/Lead Pencils

    There was nothing WORSE than losing one of your pieces of lead. Nothing. For kicks, you can still <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-PC-PUSH-POP-ERASER-FOR-PENCIL-FUN-SHAPE-BRIGHT-COLOR-/221264021450" target="_blank">buy some on eBay.</a>

  • Triangle Rulers

    Most of us probably never used these sets of rulers for their real purpose, it was always fun to trace out triangle shapes.

  • Pencil Sharpenrs

    Remember when you actually had to make effort when sharpening a pencil...wait, remember when we had to use pencils?

  • Scented Erasers

    Hey, at least it smelled nice when you made a mistake.

  • Lunchboxes

    There's something comforting about an old school metal lunchbox holding all of your favourite meals.

  • Watch Calculators

    When you only needed simple arithmetic, watch calculators were the way to go. And if you have $13 sitting around, you <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Casio-CA53W-Databank-Calculator-Watch/dp/B000GB1R7S" target="_blank">can still buy one online.</a>

  • Floppy Discs

    Simple: insert the floppy and make a copy.

  • Elmer's School Glue Gel

    We can't really put our finger on it, but this glue gel also had a very particular scent to it.

  • Push Erasers

    Just like push pencils, push erasers were thicker and often colourful. You can still <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-PC-PUSH-POP-ERASER-FOR-PENCIL-FUN-SHAPE-BRIGHT-COLOR-/221264021450" target="_blank">find some on eBay. </a>

  • Troll Toppers

    Looking back, we're not sure why we we're so obsessed with these.

  • Five Star Notebooks

    Besides these <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2B8gqDXFyo" target="_blank">hilarious commercials,</a> there was just something reassuring about tossing around your five-star and not having it fall apart.

  • Multi-Coloured Push Pens

    Why buy four different pens when you can get four in one?

  • First iMacs

    If you ever had the pleasure of either owning one of these iMacs or using them in the classroom, you will agree the desktop games were the best.

  • Scented Markers

    Just admit it, you loved sniffing the purple one.

  • Tabletop Carousel

    These tabletoppers made the perfect accessory for all of our scented markers.

  • Gem Stickers

    Did you used to put these stickers on everything? Besides missing gold stars, we also miss accessorizing our notebooks and binders with colourful gem stickers.

  • Spacemakers

    The funny thing is, nothing about these giant plastic pencil cases actually saved space.

  • Duo-Tangs

    Well, technically, these haven't gone anywhere but we really miss the idea of handing in school reports in colourful duo-tangs.

  • Vintage Backpacks

    These backpacks were <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/86799973/vintage-backpack-with-leather-details" target="_blank">so fashionable and durable</a>, they just weren't ergonomically-friendly.

  • Puffy Paint

    Even though you can still find Puffy Paint at most department stores, we miss making crafts and personalizing our jeans.

  • Velcro Binders

    That sound of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Velcro-Closure-2-Inch-Binder-S-816-PUR/dp/B001GIP24O" target="_blank">opening up your velcro binder</a> never gets old.

  • Paper Mate Eraser Mate

    You can probably still find these pens at most office supply stores, but do you still remember how excited you were when you found out we could erase blue ink?

  • Crazy Scissors

    Since we should never ever run around with scissors, at least kids should have fun cutting things out.

  • Grips

    Not only did this make holding pens and pencils a lot more comfortable, it was even more fun to pull these grips apart.

  • Twistable Crayons

    'Rainbow" was always the favourite.

  • Eraser Toppers

    Unlike Troll toppers, at least these toppers had an additional use.

  • Compass

    Of course these are still around, but there was nothing more fun than drawing faces in math class.

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  • Game Boy Camera

    Millennials grew up during a boom in portable technology and for many, this way their very fist digital camera.

  • Breaker High

    This is how millennials remember Ryan Gosling.

  • Cross Country Canada

    Millennials will remember popping a floppy disk into their school's computer lab to play this Canadian classic.

  • ReBoot

    This '90s CGI show was produced in Vancouver.

  • Game Boy Color

    Released in 1998, the Game Boy Color was a revolution in handheld gaming and on every kid's holiday wishlist.

  • Stickin' Around

    This Canadian show ran from 1996 to 1998.

  • Uh Oh!

    This classic YTV game show ran between 1997 and 2003.

  • Polka Dot Shorts

    Older millennials may remember TVOntario's Polka Dot Door which ran from 1971 until 1993. But for the younger crop, it was all about Polka Dot Shorts, which ran from 1993 to 2001.

  • Tattoo Chokers

  • Student Bodies

  • The original 150 Pokemon

    You know, before things got <em>weird</em>.

  • Art Attack

    Neil Buchanan may be single-handedly responsible for introducing a generation to mixing water with white glue.

  • Jelly Bracelets

    Yes, they were around in the '80s, but millennials got to experience that whole scandal about them <a href="http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_jelly_bracelets.htm">allegedly being a sex act reward.</a>

  • Bananas In Pajamas

  • Tamagotchi

    Tamagotchis were just one of many tiny digital pets that burst onto the scene in the '90s — don't forget Dinky Dinos, Giga Pets and Nano Pets.

  • Mini Backpacks

  • PJ Katie's Farm

    It was just a one YTV host with clay animals and some imagination, and yet it was awesome.

  • Baby-Sitters Club Books

    This cherished series from Ann M. Martin was published between 1986 and 2000.

  • Wishbone

    What's the story, Wishbone?

  • Pogs

  • The Moffatts

    These musically-inclined Canadian brothers stole the hearts of every tween girl in the '90s.

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