I grew up in the 60s and we had our tech also but of a different nature. I and many of my friends played endless sports since there were so many kids running loose that pickup games took moments to assemble. We did our light vandalism as well-we would target a nasty neighbor's patio with stink bombs (the halved bulbs of swamp cabbage plants), blow up stuff with homemade explosives (no HLS back then) and rattle can the occasional school wall. We built clubhouses and tree houses with pilfered scraps from developments and went to war with other neighborhoods over the most trivial of reasons (mostly crabapple fights but the occasional fist fights). The only time parents got involved was after the enemy torched our three story clubhouse and we retaliated by burning there's to the ground. Speaking of assembling we did other stuff on rainy days-we built short wave radios and early stereos from plans we bought. Many parts such as capacitors, resistors and transistors, chassis and power supplies were readily available from local mom and pop hardware and electronic stores (before Radio shack) and these folks new their electronics (plus it helped that my grandfather was an electrical engineer). My brother and I bought the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radios with a 1/4 mile range and with a few changes (paralleling the batteries to up the amps and stringing 50 foot antennas) we upped the range considerably. Our favorite game to play was "Stalag" (inspired by the Great escape movie) where the base station (the 50 foot antenna) was the camp and groups would escape to the neighborhood-especially at night. We alternated playing escapees and guards and even used our dogs to track with. The best game of hide and seek ever! All in all a blast! Too bad today's kids and adults are mesmerized by the latest tech (aka "shiny objects") into a quasi zombie like state staring at screens all day. They don't have a clue what they missed growing up in the day when people put their minds to work and had amazing times. We also built go carts and minibikes with Briggs and Stratton engines my other grandfather would lay on us-one was an 11 HP-that go cart did 40 MPH!