What Kids Did Before The Internet

Being outside was a huge part of growing up. These kids, and their parents, knew how important that was. Wherever you lived, I am sure you will identify with this, as long as you are over forty!

Leap Frog.

Reading Comics.


Hoses in hot weather.

Riding bicycles.

Walking to and from school with a friend.

Hide and Seek.

Playing Jacks. (Or marbles)

Climbing unsupervised at the park or playground.

Pogo Sticks in the street.

‘Oranges and Lemons’.

Hopscotch in the road or school playground.


70 thoughts on “What Kids Did Before The Internet

  1. Reblogged this on A Teacher's Reflections and commented:
    Play. Outdoor play. It stimulates the brain and develops muscles. Children learn to get along and make friends, to take risks and be brave. None of these life skills happen when children’s play is on the internet, and not outdoors.. Thank you to Beetley Pete for posting pictures of play. While they are from the 60’s, they’re just as relevant and important today.

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  2. All of the above plus roller skates no fancy boots or single wheels just Jacko roller skates, my dad built us stilts after we had been to see the circus and the jump elastic game we were never bored and if we were my mother would tell us she would find us something to do… at that point we vanished-smile-xx

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    1. In our small Norfolk village, the kids do make use of the local playground and basketball court, but only in good weather. For most of the year, you hardly see a child outside.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. (1) Children in France like to play leap frog.
    (2) Too young to read Thrilling Romances?
    (3) “Hey, let’s pretend she’s a wishbone!”
    (4) Drinking water straight from the hose has always been on her bucket list.
    (5) Overheard:
    Girl: “Look, there’s a turtle up ahead!”
    Boy: “So what? I never slow down for a speed bump!”
    (6) Two girls walking to and from school. Unbeknownst to them, two boys are always following them. (The boys are behind in school, too.)
    (7) “Nine thousand forty-five, nine thousand forty-six…”
    (8) Overheard:
    Girl #1: “My jacks are nimble.”
    Girl #2: “So what? Mine are jumping jacks!”
    (9) “Okay, kids! Play time is over… Bring in the birds!” (Alfred Hitchcock)
    (10) “Watch out for potholes!”
    (11) “Next, let’s play cherries and bananas!”
    (12) Bad analogy:
    * Girls throwing a rock into a hopscotch square.
    * Men drinking scotch on the rocks, made with hops, inside the Square Tavern.


  4. Never had a bike or pogo stick but did all the others. I used to like swings (the ones you sit or stand on and go back and forth) and there were those round-a-bout things in parks. I also liked going to the Thames and feeding the gulls.

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      1. Actually, when I came to the USA I was given a bike but there was nowhere I could learn to ride it. I tried a couple of times but wobbled so much it unnerved me. It felt like another failure!

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  5. I could have been in all but two of those photos, Pete. I don’t know the oranges and lemons game, and I almost always rode a bus to school. All the other pictures were a part of our every day life.

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