Pretty self-explanatory – find some rocks, throw them.
Clear Area (without people, pets, or things that might get damaged)
Bumps and bruises
Danger to others
How It All Went Down:
I took Eli out to a fairly deserted pond at the edge of our neighborhood. Seeing as how he’s 4, I didn’t think we needed to worry too much about damaging people, pets or property. Then again, when I was 5 I gave the neighbor boy a bloody head when I chunked a rock at him. For this task, we picked inanimate objects for targets as opposed to the neighbor boy.
(I promise, my video skills will get better. I wanted to use the Flip, but the battery died. I have yet to master the iPhone video without the black bands of sadness on the side.)
As an adult, I had forgotten how good it feels to throw things for fun. Imagine how fun it is for kids? There’s something so satisfying about hitting your target, or getting a rock to skip perfectly across a pond. There are so many places where throwing things is taboo – and rightly so. But let’s not forget that there are some places where throwing things like rocks and sticks is perfectly fine, and we should do what we can to let our kids experience that mini-thrill.
Want more? Read about the rest of our experiences with 50 Dangerous Things. Inspired by Gever Tulley’s book 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).