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Let’s talk about Pinterest, Facebook Videos and Summer Long PDF activity books for a minute. None of these things are bad, as a kid I used to check out craft books from the library for inspiration (same idea just a little harder to access) but I’m worried that people are losing or thinking that some of us aren’t giving our kids unstructured play time (or that our kids are being entertained all the time).
(Thanks to my friend Lana for letting me use this perfect photo example)
There is SO much information and inspiration available to us, including this blog. Inspiration on fun activities, crafts, structured learning experiments but I hope you don’t think that we do these all the time (at least we don’t). In fact, for us, the things we post on here are special once a week or once a month type things.
I believe in the benefits of unstructured play and make sure my kids get plenty of it. We were told as kids to “go outside and play” most of our childhood. The fun experiments, crafts or activities were special “sometimes” activities that I’d do with my Mom on an occasional weekend or summer day.
So while I might post fun printables, crafts, games activities to inspire you, please don’t think this is the kind of parent I am 100% of the time. I do not have my kids’ day planned out. My kids get bored (it’s good for them). I’m sure you’ve noticed that most of our crafts are pretty simple anyway, but even still, most days look/looked like this:
When we go camping the kids have to entertain themselves – exploring, making up games etc.
When we’re home there’s usually a point in the day when they are told to “go do something”. As older kids they have free access to our craft closet with duct tape, scissors, recycled materials etc. so they can construct things as they wish. Usually it’s some sort of obstacle course.
You can google the benefits of unstructured play (there are many) but I mostly just wanted to make sure you knew that this site is like a magazine – entertainment and inspiration. It’s not real life and not an example of what every day looks like around here. We try to have fun and do cool new things together but there are many hours in the day and not all of them look like a Pinterest board (only some of them).
Do your kids get a lot of unstructured play time? Do you think kids these days get less than we did?