Skip-It is a children’s toy. It was invented by Avi Arad and Mel Kennedy and manufactured by Tiger Electronics. The Skip-It apparatus was designed to be affixed to the child’s ankle via a small plastic hoop and spun around in a 360 degree rotation while continuously skipped by the user. Time magazine included it in their 100 greatest toys ever.
During Skip-It’ s initial release in the 1980s, its apparatus became a commercial success through its advertisements on daytimeNickelodeon broadcasting as well as other children’s programming. It was based on 1960s toy Lemon Twist, which featured a lemon-shaped weight which was spun round the ankle.
During a second production occurring in the early 1990s—that was referred to by the then-CEO as a “Skip-It Renaissance”—the toy was manufactured with a counter on the Skip-It ball to record the number of skips. As a result, sales doubled from the late 1980s. Some Skip-Its had colorful glitter filled and covered plastic decorations that can be slid on in order to make colorful patterns while being twirled about. There were also ribbon streamers, charms and stickers to decorate Skip Its, which were discontinued sometime in 2009.