It seems like the best childhood pastimes are but a distant memory. Do you remember how you didn’t have to worry about anything except how best to entertain yourself? And to do that without an iPhone you had to be creative. Ride bikes, play war, build forts, anything was fair game. These days, however, thanks primarily to technology and different tastes, times have changed. These are 25 Awesome Childhood Pastimes That Kids Don’t Do Anymore.
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Waiting for letters from your pen pal
Now you just check your email
Making scribbles on Paint and then filling in the spaces with the bucket tool
These days people just use photoshop.
Note: there are free online paint programs for those of you who no longer own PC’s and are experiencing nostalgia
There are still a few around, but these days you just stay at home and play videogames
Now it’s Netflix or Amazon
Saturday Morning Cartoons
Youtube got rid of this
Walking to someone’s house to see if they’re at home
These days you just call them
If you tried having a fake war with “guns” and “swords” these days you’d probably get the cops called on you
It was cool while it lasted
Rewinding movies when they’re over
Thank goodness we don’t have to do this anymore
Waiting for your favorite song to come on the radio
Now you just use youtube, or spotify, or itunes, or…a million other websites.
Split screen video games
Some of the new games only let you play against people on the internet.
Build tree houses
These would probably be a liability these days
Collecting baseball cards
Kids used to have binders full of them
And then caller ID happened
Staying out all day without your parents being able to contact you
Now they just text you
These were the coolest thing in town for a very short while
Playing manhunt at night and running through people’s yards
Once again, you’ll probably get the cops called on you. Or get sued for trespassing…
It’s a long lost art form.
Writing notes in class
Cell phones ruined this. Now we just send texts.
Putting playing cards in the spokes of your bike
Who uses bikes anymore?
Note: we’re being somewhat facetious here regarding the perception of generation z as being overly protected and more oriented towards “indoor” activities like video games
Watching music videos on MTV
Now you just watch reality shows
Ding dong doorbell ditching
This was when you rang someone’s door and ran away. Unfortunately, it required going outside and running around which isn’t too popular these days.
But not just any water fights, we’re talking about water fights that involve the fire hydrant
Building model planes/trains/cars
Now there’s software and 3D printers for that
Reading actual books
And going to the library to get more! Yeah…that doesn’t happen too often anymore. E books anyone?