Children's traditional vintage holiday downloadables

Family, Vintage Holidays

Posted by Emma on 12th March 2017

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Vintage holidays used to be a thing of the past but just like the denim jacket, they’re making a comeback! Beach holidays have changed over the years but some traditions still remain; donkey rides along the beach, sandcastles in the shape of your dream house and Punch and Judy shows hosted every day without fail.

These old-fashioned activities are still going at seaside resorts such as Brighton, Blackpool and Weymouth but with the added extra of arcades, fairground rides and more sticks of rock than we care to mention!

Give your children a taste of your childhood holiday experiences with these vintage downloadable games.

How to make a Whirligig

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Dating all the way back to the 15th century, the cardboard whirligig made a comeback in the 1930s from the general public demanding a simple and low-cost amusement toy for their children. Customising it with a range of colours and glitters, the versatile whirligig still entertains to this very day.

Would you rather?

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Would you rather be really strong or really fast? Would you rather be the chicken or the egg? Yes, these are real questions, and they’re all included in our Would You Rather game!

Whether you’re using it for a lengthy journey or entertaining the children on the beach, this offers endless amounts of fun! Just simply print onto card, cut out the slips and ask away. We have even left space for you to make your own.

Invisible ink

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Every child has wanted to be a spy at some point in their life and making secret letters from invisible ink is all part and parcel of the process! Massively used during World War l, invisible ink managed to fool even the smartest of minds, sending secret messages without the enemy knowing. Learn how to make invisible ink with these easy instructions:

You will need:

  • Half a lemon
  • White paper
  • Water
  • Cotton bud
  • White paper
  • Spoon
  • Bowl


  1. Squeeze lemon juice into the bowl and add some splashes of water.
  2. Mix the lemon and water together thoroughly.
  3. Dip the cotton bud into the water mixture.
  4. Write a message or letter onto the paper.
  5. Wait for the juice to dry before holding it up against a lightbulb to show the message.

If you love the idea of having a vintage based holiday on the seafront, then visit our vintage holidays hub for everything nostalgic!

For even more great ideas for activities to do with the kids, check out our full collection of fun printables for children.

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