Things to do with your kids for $0: Playpods

September 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

You've probably heard (and maybe even said), "When I was a kid, we were entertained by a cardboard box!" 

 

Here's some truth...kids, today, can still be entertained by a cardboard box (or two or three). When I saw the above video about Playpods, I fell in love with the idea. How cool would it be to take an entire storage unit of "stuff" and let kids explore, create, and imagine? Watch the video and notice how the kids are entertained for what could probably be hours! Why??

 

I'll let you in on a little secret (that really shouldn't be kept such a great secret). For some reason (actually, the reason was Industrialization...but I'll save that for a different day), our schools became little manufacturing centers. Because schools were designed that way and we were all educated that way, that's how we think about education. It has it's place, I suppose. In today's world, our kids need creativity and imagination. They need to be able to think about things differently. 

 

Try this out. Hand your child a math worksheet. It can be simple addition, multiplication tables, whatever. Notice what happens when they finish. They'll come back to you and ask what's next. Or, if they struggle, they often immediately ask for help...because they know you know the answer. They know the goal of the worksheet is to get the "right" answer.

 

Now...provide them a bunch of "things." For this activity, let's say a whole package of straws...maybe some rubberbands...maybe a few paperclips. Challenge your child to create the tallest structure he/she can possibly create, without it toppling over. Once your child gets used to this you can do other things. Pull out different pots, pans, wooden spoons, etc. and challenge your child to create a city. After a while, you probably won't have to provide the challenges. My guess would be your child might begin asking you, "Mom, do you have some ribbons, tape, and scissors?" Their creativity and imagination takes over. Once that happens, kids can be content for long periods of time.

 

Believography seeks to inspire children's talents and interests by providing themed parties for kids. To learn more go to www.believography.com. WARNING: Having fun and learning are inevitable.


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