Childhood Memories to Do with Grandkids

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Last updated Jun 15, 2024
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In My Childhood Memories of the 1960s and 1970s, Find Things that Children and I Did in Australia

Which of these Childhood Memories Could You Do? And, Share Stories with Your Grandkids.

And, you'll find childhood memories you can do every day with your Grandparents.

You can use these ideas to-do with grandparents, parents, parents-in-law, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and your kids' grandparents.

The 1960s & 1970s Childhood Memories You Can Do. And, Share Stories with Your

  • children
  • grandchildren
  • great-grandchildren


**Please Note: Some games and activities have been banned, restricted, or modified, so check for updates. For instance, British Bulldogs have been banned or modified in places like schools.**


There is a lot of beauty in ordinary things ~ Pam Beasley [The Office]

Hopscotch in a local playground

Hopscotch in a local playground

Learn from the Past

So, what things can you do that have disappeared in the past?

What things can you find that are still played today?

Which activities can you do with your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and children?

That is in Australia or the country where you lived:

  • Share stories and things that you did
  • Outdoor things to do
  • Indoor things to do


 Great things are done by a series of small things brought together ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Share Childhood Memories from the 1960s & 1970s with your Grandkids Experience

1 In the 1960s and 1970s, Childhood Memories Found in Australia to Share with Your Grandchildren and Children

1960s & 1970s Childhood Memories in Australia
  • At Monday morning school assembly sing God Save the Queen
  • Use Paper Bags
  • Use carry bags made from string
  • Knitted teapot cozies to keep the teapot warm
  • Make a vegetable garden in the backyard
  • My grandparents had chickens in their backyard. Please Note: check with your council and shire for current regulations.
  • Watch Skippy, the bush kangaroo
  • No Speed Limits on the roads, before they were introduced
  • Before the introduction and legal regulations to wear seat belts in cars, there were none, so we piled in the back of the station wagon. Now, that's illegal.
  • The first seat belts in the car had metal buckets and in summer they were very hot.
  • During hot days in summer, the vinyl seats in the car were very hot and sticky
  • No air conditioner in the car
  • Summers at the beach
  • Caravans and tents along the foreshores around the bay
  • Freshly baked biscuits and snacks when we got home from school
  • Buy an 11c loaf of bread
  • 10c bus fare to school
  • Buy a 5c bag of mixed lollies in a paper bag
  • Watch HR Puffin Stuff
  • Watch Banana Splits
  • Watch Countdown
  • Sunday football show with VFL now AFL
  • Black & White TV with no remote
  • Drive Ford & Holden cars
  • V8 cars used a lot of petrol
  • Wear bathers  & bare feet
  • Eat Twistees in a bread roll
  • Razz & Sunny Boy
  • Watch Mad Max
  • Play Space Invaders
  • Read John & Betty ~ Please Note: This book has been banned
  • Sing Sadi the Cleaning Lady
  • Eat a Summer Roll
  • Light red Fire Crackers on New Year's Eve, were banned.
  • Listen to Bay City Rollers and go to their gig.
  • When we back to school in February, it was hotter than the school holidays
  • Put your tooth that had fallen out under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy.
  • School Teams, Sports Day & Marathon Day at school
  • Played hockey with no shin guards at school
  • Eat Meat & 3 Veg
  • Eat Roast Lamb & roast potatoes on Sundays
  • Eat Mock Fish
  • Sunburn
  • Learn to swim lessons with the school in a cold pool
  • A small bottle of milk at school. It would get warm from sitting in the sun. Take Milo or Quik to school to have the milk
  • Milk is delivered by horse and cart early in the morning. You could hear the sound of the horse's hooves on the road
  • Fresh bread delivered to your house
  • The toilet was in an outhouse, nicknamed a dunny. It had a black pan. It might have been collected weekly.
  • Sunday dinner at my grandparent's with aunts, uncles, & cousins
  • When the man landed on the moon, it was a school day. So, we watched it at a student's house who lived near the school. Because there were no televisions at school.
  • Collect shells at the back beaches on the Mornington Peninsula. Please Note: In some places, especially National and State Parks, you are not allowed to collect them anymore.
  • Buy ice-creams from the Ice Cream Truck
  • Eat sandwiches for school lunch. You took your lunch to school in a paper bag
  • Watch the Flintstones
  • Watch Road Runner
  • Holidays with family at the farms in Camperdown or family's holiday house in Rye where the roads were made of sand

2 Childhood Memories You Can Do Outdoors

Childhood Memories can do Outdoors
  • Walk in the neighborhood together
  • Walk the dog
  • Watch a movie at the cinema
  • Watch a sunset
  • Walk along the beach
  • Go on a road trip in the country
  • Climb a hill, ranges, or a mountain
  • Visit relatives
  • Watch movies at the drive-ins
  • Catch a train to Melbourne's CBD
  • Ride a tram in Melbourne
  • Go on a drive to see where your parents and grandparents used to live and hang out
  • Go on a hike
  • Visit Melbourne Zoo
  • Have a picnic or BBQ at a park
  • Explore a national or state park
  • Wander in a forest
  • Go fishing
  • Visit the art gallery where the water runs down the front window
  • Visit the museum
  • Plant a garden
  • Take a road trip
  • Collect wildflowers
  • Discover a new town
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Look for butterflies
  • Go for a swim
  • Sit outside under the stars in the moonlight
  • Jump in puddles
  • Stand in the rain
  • Feed the ducks and swans
  • Pick flowers in the garden
  • Listen to the waves crashing at the beach and coast
  • Get dunked by the waves at the coast
  • Stay at a farm, sit in the haystack, and milk the cows
  • Collect Pine Cones
  • Play cricket in the street with the neighborhood kids
  • Stop and look at a rainbow
  • Help in the garden
  • Clean old bricks to reuse to build the garage
  • Listen to the bird's chirp
  • Look at the clouds
  • Play cricket on the beach or in the backyard
  • Draw hopscotch with chalk on the pavement and play hopscotch
  • Fly a kite in a park
  • Play tennis
  • Play squash
  • Smell the roses
  • Play catch the ball
  • Visit the botanical gardens
  • Visit a historical site
  • Find statues and monuments
  • Visit a ghost town
  • Explore an old mining town
  • Play Poison ball and British Bulldogs, check for banns like in schools
  • Play on the seesaw and swings
  • Go on a picnic outdoors
  • Play on the monkey bars at school
  • Play rounders at school
  • Visit Sovereign Hill in Ballarat
  • Play 'Stocking Ball', a game with a ball (tennis) in a stocking against a wall
  • Play Jacks or Knucklebones using sheep knuckles
  • Walk on the sandy roads in Rye
  • Play skipping & elastics in the playground at school
  • Play games like sack races, egg & spoon races, three-legged races at festivals, carnivals, and school events
  • Swim in the cold water in an above-ground backyard pool
  • Play Kiss Chasey; Please Note: some schools have banned this game.
  • Blow dandelions to make wishes
  • Make chains with yellow daisies
  • Stare at the black sky and the stars
  • Visit the Royal Melbourne Show, walk through the animal sheds, and buy show bags
  • Collect betting cards at the country races
  • Ride a three-wheeled bike
  • Sing songs in the car
  • Play I spy
  • Ride in a billy cart
  • Build Sand Castles at the beach
  • Visit Luna Park to do the slides, dodgem cars, carousel, wooden rollercoaster, distorted mirrors ...
  • Dance at barn dances
  • Ride on the steam train at Puffing Billy Railway
  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary
  • See koalas, kangaroos, cockatoos, platypus, echidna, emus, wombats, wallabies, dingoes, parrots, and snakes at zoos, and sanctuaries.

3 Childhood Memories You Can Do Indoors

Childhood Memories can do Indoors
  • Read Books
  • Bake together
  • Share a meal
  • Sing songs
  • Play music on vinyl records or cassettes
  • Create a painting
  • Play hide and seek
  • Play cards
  • Play a board game
  • Read books
  • Play charades
  • Learn to knit, crochet, sew, or embroidery
  • Learn to mend clothes
  • Ask about your family history
  • Record a conversation onto a cassette
  • Collect family recipes
  • Make a family photograph
  • Draw a picture
  • Write a story
  • Play lego
  • Paint each other's nails
  • Do coloring
  • Play clackers, two balls on a string game. Warning: it hurts when they hit your knuckles
  • Play card games like snap, memory
  • Play Monopoly
  • Play Mouse Trap
  • Play music on the piano
  • Learn to use an old Singer sewing machine
  • Type on a manual typewriter
  • Play Jacks or Knucklebones using sheep knuckles
  • Play marbles
  • Play Cat's Cradle using wool or string
  • Play Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Love, Kiss, or Promise
  • Play Spin the Bottle
  • Play Shadows in the Dark
  • Learn to Swim in a warm swimming pool


Memories live longer than things ~ James Wallman

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  1. Great ideas! So much better than sitting in front of a screen! I have taught some of these games/activities to my own kids!

    • Thank you Marianne. It’s good you have shared childhood memories with your kids.

  2. These are all awesome ideas! The outdoor ones are my favorite. And freshly delivered bread yummmm

    • Thank you Alexis.

  3. Childhood memories are so important! We love playing games with our kids on the Sabbath. Great list to explore!

    • Thank you Tricia. Enjoy play time with your kids.

  4. I don’t have grandkids yet, but these childhood memories would be fun to share / do with my nieces and nephews. I especially remember our station wagon with no seatbelts and it had a backseat that faced backwards.

    • Thank you kmf. I remember those seats.

  5. These activities bring back so many childhood memories for myself. Makes me look forward to having my own grandkids one day.

    • Thank you Julie. Enjoy sharing childhood memories when you have grandkids.

  6. These activities to do with your grandkids are exactly how I grew up too. My mother-in-law used to hold my husband on her lap on their drive up to New Hampshire. No car seat, no seatbelt either.

    • Thank you Leeanne. It’s scary the things that happened in the past, that is no longer allowed now.

  7. These are great childhood memories! I can relate to the no seatbelt stuff. Or we would ride in the back of my dad’s pickup truck, or he’d put us on his lap so we could feel like we were driving too. Yikes!

    • Thank you Kendra. It makes me wonder about what happened in the past to what’s allowed now.


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