"I'm bored. Can I play on the iPad?" asked my 6-year-old for the second time. It was one of those times where it would've been easier to say yes. I was tired, had a deadline looming and an hour's peace would have been great. But instead, I packed up a few things and we all headed outside.
As another beautiful sunny day was hastily snuffed out by the whipping of heavy drapes across the window to avoid the glare in the screen, I became fascinated -- and horrified -- by the power this screen held over my normally adventurous and outdoorsy kids.
Memorable toys are those that aren't complete without the child, for a child's imagination is the best power source for a toy. Play has three direct benefits for kids: It allows them to have new experiences, explore the world and express themselves.
Children enrolled in the primary grades are actively involved in friendships, interested in learning, happily engaged in outdoor play, rapidly gaining skills, and expanding a wide variety of interests.
Having the authority to open your mind in a designated area gives you both the freedom to imagine and the boundaries of knowing that whatever you dream up or create does not need to be subjected to the rules of reason that govern the rest of the world.