Man this post is fun, keeps bringing back memories I had long since forgotten. As I stated earlier I wouldn't take away the conveniences we have now, but it's the simple truth that todays "kids" aren't expected to use their imagination as we had to. Now it's what video do I want to play.
Let's see what did I used to do as a kid. I can think of a couple.
1. Build forts (already established)
2. BB gun fights (also established)
3. pellet gun fights (graduated to the big ammo, got very creative at hiding)
4. Rock fights (pre BB gun. Hhhmmm, seeing not such a good trend here.)
5. Ride your bike (EVERY WHERE) talk about being in good shape.
6. Tons of physical activities (skiing, wrestling, rugby, motocross, snowmobiling, camping, hiking, etc)
7. Summer camps with real activities like building real tomahawks with rocks and wood . And raiding the girls camp
8. And like Allan4 said "Anything with wheels or mud". Mud was like a magnet, didn't matter what you had to play in it with, it all worked, even if it was your good school clothes .
9. Oh and one I nearly forgot that was one of my favorites. "King-of-the-hill". I don't mean sissy king of the hill, I mean "KING-OF-THE-HILL". never failed some one ended up going home with a broken something. In Aspen where I grew up, they would plow the playgrounds but leave these massive (atleast to a 9 yo) mounds and we would head right for them bypassing the playground equipment, and have our wars every break. Heck some of us wouldn't leave the school grounds after the day was out .
Wow looking back at this maybe the video game isn't so bad for my 7 year old. .