The local radio DJ was dispensing random information last week and said that it takes kids, on average, ten days of summer vacation before they are bored. Perhaps when kids say, ‘I’m bored’ they really mean ‘I don’t have a pre-determined activity to participate in.’ However, it seems to me that perhaps a little bit of unstructured time is just what we all need. When we are ‘bored’ we have time to let our minds wander, to imagine, to get creative and to explore possibilities.
Last weekend we got to have a lot of fun with unstructured and imaginative play. Our kids range from two to nine and they all had fun with a few pails and shovels at the creek and the gravel pit. They had a very elaborate pirate game happening in the second level of the play structure, which I can’t tell you about because it was “no adults allowed”. An impromptu baseball game involved trees as bases and a decoy dog stationed at third base. Older kids alternated between helping the younger ones and setting them up by instigating trouble; this was especially true during the water gun fight, where the age range of participants increased significantly!
It has become a family tradition to have a weekend-long birthday/start of summer celebration in June. While everyone enjoys and appreciates the big toys (aka quads) we also appreciate the nature, open space, and free play once the quads get us to our remote destinations.
Sometimes it is the small things in life that are the big things.
Cheers to summer.