Remember those summer reading lists that teachers are often required to assign, and which students sometimes complete (often grudgingly)?
Seems to me and many others that kids these days don’t have nearly enough time for unstructured activities outside. ie, playing. Insyead they spend too much time playing manipulating little or big electronic devices like the one you are reading this on.
This is unprecedented in the history of our species, and if it continues at the current pace, future generations will be utterly lost when the power goes out.
Here is a different set of requirements or suggestions or goals we could set for our young’uns over summer break.
1. Sail a small boat / paddle a kayak or canoe / row a boat
2. Catch some fish
3. Swim in a lake/river/pond/pool/ocean
4. Build sand castles and trenches
5. Destroy those sand castles and trenches
6. Learn which plants and critters are dangerous, which are good to eat or otherwise useful
7. Watch the dance of the planets across the Milky Way
8. Go on hikes with friends (no adults!) in the woods or desert or tundra or farmland or in a new city
9. Get lost and find your way out
10. make a fire outside and cook your own meals
11. Tell original, silly or scary stories
12. Play unorganized pickup sports with no adults in charge
13. Sleep outside
14. Help take care of a garden, a farm, and/or domesticated livestock
15. Learn how to swim underwater for longer and longer distances
16. Paint, draw, sculpt, do pottery
17. Learn how to shoot an arrow or .22 rifle
18. Hunt small game if possible (might have to wait until fall)
19. Read whatever you like
20. Go to museums
21. Visit relatives and friends
22. Write letters, emails, diaries, tweets, etc but not too much
23. Ask an older relative or family friend to show you some interesting skill or trick or to tell you some stories about how things were like 50, 60, 70 years ago…
What items would you like to add?