Sometimes we need reminding of basics. Kids do know how to entertain themselves. The natural world can provide adventure just as rich (and a lot more tangible) than a video game.
I’m not against video games — I’m totally for them. Problem-solving, creativity, teamwork — video games can improve them all. But we’ve had months of screens, gardens and surrounding streets being the only context for exploration. Yesterday, we made it to the coast.
A joyful reminder that beach boulders to navigate, rock formations to clamber on, steep grassy hills to climb (and roll down) make a great playground. The sea air (who knows the science — is there any?!) invigorates you.
But. You have to be able to get there. If you can’t afford a car, it’s tough. Never judge anyone for not exploring nature if they can’t get there.