In this modern day world with more and more complex and high tech toys for young children, and the increased concerns of parents, it's a wonder that the simple ideals of yesterday survive. What happened to the good ol' days of lemonade stands, tug-of-war, imagination, and cub scouts? They are still around, but have been crowded away to the side in favor of battery powered bikes and hand-held game consoles.
The wonder and imagination of a child hasn't changed from when you were a kid, but has been directed more towards what adults think is "cool". How does a kite work? What about frisbee? Remember the old tin cans with a string telephone? How about even the basics like playing in the dirt or jumping in puddles?
Parents are more concerned with keeping the kids dry and neat rather than letting the kids get dirty. Getting dirty is fun! Most adults forgot the little child inside in large part due to the enormous stresses of today. Getting down in the dirt to play with your children is not only fun, because it's breaking the rules, but also helps strengthen the bond between parent and child. It's okay to break some rules and bend others from time to time.
When jumping in puddles or playing in the dirt isn't convenient, there are other ways of getting "dirty" without the dirt. It may sound strange, but next time boredom sets in and the kids are fidgety, pack them up and some lunch and drive to find some road construction or other type of construction site. Pull over to the side of the road. Unpack your lunch and have a picnic on the trunk.
It's quite incredible what construction equipment can do and how it works. The magic of science and physics with regards to how construction equipment works is quite interesting. With your kids along, you might just see it through your children's eyes and marvel along with them as you explain how the basics work.
The simple things in life are often free or may just cost a dollar or two for the fuel to drive. For a neat surprise and under ten dollars, head to the airport and park. Children are fascinated by planes. Adults are too, for that matter. Bring a lunch. Have a picnic at the local airport if it's raining. You can stay dry inside and marvel at the planes landing, taking off, and being pushed about by little carts.
After outings like these, kids always want to play with construction toys or planes instead of sitting isolated in the corner with a hand-held electronic game. Again bond with them and play. It's these simple memories that will be cherished and remembered with a smile.