As a kid, I remember spending a lot of time playing outside. I lived in a small town in Germany and we had a large yard to play in. I spent a lot of my afterschool and weekends playing make-believe outside, running, riding my bike, and in the yard. My mom could see us from the kitchen window and we would have the kids that lived down the street come play. As I got older, we moved to a small base in South Dakota and I played outside with my friends each evening. On Friday nights you could find all of the neighborhood kids outside playing football or Spotlight. Those are some of my fondest memories growing up.
When I observe kids today, I can’t help but feel like they’re missing out. As fun as technology is and advanced as graphics are, the memories of their childhood are going to be different. Will they remember the best hiding spot for Kick the Can, the sound their bike made when they turned the handlebars, or the smell of playing in the yard? I played video and computer games growing up but they were limited and while they were fun, they rarely cross my mind when thinking back to my favorite childhood memories.
In a world that we are all but obsessed with technology, I want to encourage you to find ways to help your kids create fun memories they can look back on. Ones that involve action, curiosity, laughter, and engage their senses. Technology isn’t going anywhere, they’ll have the rest of their life to be connected. But how many adults regularly play once they outgrow childhood?
What are your thoughts? Did you play outside as a kid? Do your kids play outside? What was your favorite childhood game? Have you taught your kids any of the games you used to play?