This is the eleventh part in a series of discussions regarding The Idle Parent Manifesto, which can be found in Tom Hodgkinson’s book The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids. Need to get caught up? You can do so here.
We play in the field and forests.
As I read this passage in The Idle Parent, a lightbulb went off:
“The best places (to play) were the places we had discovered ourselves. We played in the margins. We didn’t need adult-designed playgrounds”
There’s a lot of discussions about playgrounds these days, and rightly so. This passage reminded me that no matter the type or condition of our nearest playground, we do have another option: just being outside.
You don’t have to live in the country or the suburbs to enjoy “the field and forests.” This photo was taken in a city park (with a run-down playground). The kids had no interest in the playground. But this ravine that was surrounded by great rocks for throwing and giant wild onions for picking? It captured their attention and imagination for the better part of an hour.
A giant tree, hills to conquer, rocks to climb, free space to roam … this is all you need for a satisfying outdoor adventure.
The best part about skipping the slides and just playing outside? It’s never the same playspace twice. Go ahead and show the field and forests some love.
Do you ever venture away from the playground and into the field and forests? What do you like to do there?