Kids today might find this hard to believe, but there really was a period in time when smartphones didn't exist. But how did they entertain themselves?. How did they survive without instant and constant access to hilarious videos of cats being cats and people failing at stuff?


Show Full Text

Well, actually, they managed just fine. Check out these vintage pictures of children enjoying themselves before mobile phones were invented to see what we mean. Compiled by Bored Panda, the list serves as an important reminder that all you really need to enjoy yourself is a little bit of imagination. Don't forget to vote for your favorite!

#1 Girl Playing For Her Dog

Girl Playing For Her Dog

Report

Hope Floats 2 months ago

I absolutely love this....Such a happy,happy image..

View more comments

#2 Children In A Manchester Street Find Their Own Enjoyment With The Aid Of A Rope And A Lamp Post, 1946

Children In A Manchester Street Find Their Own Enjoyment With The Aid Of A Rope And A Lamp Post, 1946

Mirrorpix Report

Caitlyn McCracken 2 months ago

Genius. That looks so fun

View More Replies...
View more comments

#3 Children Playing "Push The Peanut", King's Cross Street London, 1938

Children Playing "Push The Peanut", King's Cross Street London, 1938

William Vanderson Report

Yvonne Bernal 2 months ago

Imagine that!? Kids with their noses on the ground, crawling.... and most likely no child died as a direct result. People are so germaphobic these days - THAT is what's frightening!

View More Replies...
View more comments

#4 Best Friends

Best Friends

nationalgeographic.com Report

Yvonne Bernal 2 months ago

Reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting

View more comments

#5 Girl Dancing In Front Of Her Teddy Bear, Paris, 1961

Girl Dancing In Front Of Her Teddy Bear, Paris, 1961

Philippe le Tellier Report

Caitlyn McCracken 2 months ago

I love this. Such a cute little girl!

View More Replies...
View more comments

#6 Two Little Kids Dancing On The Streets Of New York City, 1940s

Two Little Kids Dancing On The Streets Of New York City, 1940s

Helen Levitt Report

Brontosonto 2 months ago

Flamenco?

View more comments

#7 Paul Remos, A Circus Strongman, Hoists His Son Up In The Air Using Only His Right Arm To Feed A Giraffe At The London Zoo, 1950s

Paul Remos, A Circus Strongman, Hoists His Son Up In The Air Using Only His Right Arm To Feed A Giraffe At The London Zoo, 1950s

Report

Lemur 2 months ago

That are some good balancing skills :o

View more comments

#8 Three Boys Are Fishing For Change During The Great Depression, New York, 1930

Three Boys Are Fishing For Change During The Great Depression, New York, 1930

Popperfoto Report

Steffen Beth 2 months ago

Not sure I would call that playing.....

View More Replies...
View more comments

#9 Even The Dog Gets A Go On This See-Saw, Northamptonshire

Even The Dog Gets A Go On This See-Saw, Northamptonshire

Getty Images Report

Yvonne Bernal 2 months ago

One of my favorite games to play as a kid. I remember my neighbor had one in their backyard.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#10 Kids Playing With Skippy Balls, London

Kids Playing With Skippy Balls, London

ANP Report

Grant Davis 2 months ago

In the UK these were called Space Hoppers.

View More Replies...
View more comments