The Veldt

Star Trek ep - Miri - You really must see this episode.
Bonk bonk on the head…

 

http://qz.com/189405/lego-turned-itself-around-by-analyzing-overbearing-parents/

I use the Bradbury story name  somewhat tongue in cheek, but this article is tantalizing (as in: I want to read more). I worry daily about the balance of play (and exploration) in my kids lives.  I use a picture from a Star Trek episode a little less tongue in cheek.

 

The current dilemma I find is that there is SO little in their school lives (though they both go to what I would consider great schools) that free time needs to be scheduled — paradoxically.

I think it extends past the kids, though. We devalue play, active play, to our detriment.

 

Inhabitots » Kids in Malawi Make Their Own Toys Out Of Junk!

Inhabitots » Kids in Malawi Make Their Own Toys Out Of Junk!.(via Boing Boing)

This makes me want to give away all our toys and just put a box of ‘stuff’ in the playroom.

Echoes what I’m, perhaps deliberately naively, hoping President Obama’s inauguration speech will do: Further increase the trend towards DIY and making.

One can hope.