Children lifestyle in the past and nowadays are very different. I am born in 1980s so I am old enough!
I think children in the past, (may be before 1990s) are much navie as we children cannot have much ways to connect with the events or news happened in the whole world, or some general information from the internet because there is no computer and internet web at all in my childhood.
So when I was a child, my first electronic game I had paid is donkey Kong which is a one single game based hand held game without any color. But this game I can play for more than a month without getting bored!
Another thing I would always do myself was drawing and painting with poster colors. (Usually painting with my little drawing booklet which are mostly cute animals and houses, cars etc, much fun). At that time, some postal colors are in the form like cosmetic kits which is so attractive to children like me.
How about you ?