If it's crap ... We'll tell you
So how did you spend your childhood days without such things as the internet or modern video game consoles?
Looking for frogs and snakes
shooting bb guns
desperately trying to build a tree house with my cousin and accidentally slicing my ten year old hand open with a hack saw
trying to make a rope swing with nothing but a 2x4 and hay string... never worked obviously
climbing trees and seeing who could jump from the highest branch (not smart when you get past about fifteen feet)
we found a rusty machete once in my grandpa's old barn... so yeah.
I read. I explored. I made and played games. I created fantasies involving whatever I had to hand. I watched a bit of TV.
There was very little in the 70s for me beyond that.
I recently watched my three year old nephew play in the dirt for about two hours straight. I believe he was building some sort of dirt kingdom if I'm not mistaken. So little kids haven't changed too much.
I can remember building forts made from everything sheets, fans, and couch cushions. I rode my bike, or skateboarded everywhere, jumped off my roof onto my trampoline, converted my trampoline into a slip, and slide by putting liquid soap on it and a sprinkler underneath it. Played roller hockey in the street, and spent most days at the park down the street. I got NES, and game gear in 6th grade, and then video games became a big part off my kid life as well.
I have been pretty stressed out from studying for finals, so thank you to everyone posting for bringing me back to a simpler time.
As a kid, I was a huge fan of playing GUNS. The specifics of how to play are pretty hard to explain over the interwebs, but I will try. What you do is go inside, find some of your favorite toy guns, have a bunch of neighborhood kids do the same at their houses, and then commence the bloodiest fictitious firefight since the Boston Massacre. If enough kids joined in, wars between you could be formed, but most of the time it was just a co-op campaign against the worst foes your 8 year old brain can come up with.........Hmm, I guess that was not that hard to describe.
If the players decided to work together to fight the imaginary ranks of evil, the game of GUNS was often filled with dramatic backstabbings of who is actually on whose team. You never knew when the kid next door was going to reveal that it was he who sabotaged the radio that was meant to call for reinforcements once you guys were done rescuing the president out of the doghouse.
Too bad that little bastard didn't know that Casio digital watch your Granny got you for christmas was also a radio, and his reveal was actually being broadcasted back to the base! *insert gun duel here with defeated running away yelling about how revenge will be paid, or how much the other kid cheats*
You can tell a game of GUNS is being played when you hear the following:
*They are in the trees now! Shoot the trees!
*Force field! Force field!
*OK, timeout. Like, imagine that my guns are now shotguns, and every time I shoot a badguy, they blow up into a million pieces.
*These acorns are now grenades.
*.......I'm bored. Wanna go ride bikes?