I found these photos online, taken by Shirley Baker. They show children playing on the streets of Manchester and surrounding areas in the 1960s. No Internet, no video games or mobile phones, just making the best of simple things.
A little girl with her doll’s pram. Looks like she is wearing her dad’s shoes!
Happiness is a skipping rope, and someone to hold the other end of it.
Chalk, and a dry pavement. No electronic toys required.
If there is no park nearby, just hang an old well-used swing on the door frame.
A boy on his bike racing past smaller kids playing on the street.
These kids had almost nothing, but their happiness shines through. Simpler times, healthier lives.