Rich Addicks for The Wall Street Journal
Maybe it's time to get creative. Put away the textbooks, the video games, the computer games, and try your hand at a bit of the old-fashioned make your own toys. Let your kids experiment. Remember the "Little Rascals" -- they built things out of stuff, they had fun, they were creative, to be sure. In a world where everything is planned and structured, this may be a great way to unschool. Even the Wall Street Journal is encouraging parents to let their kids tinker.
|Original Nintendo Gameboy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
My older son was a tinkerer -- I guess you might say that. He took apart his Nintendo Gameboy. I was a little upset, seeing that it was not broken until he broke into it. He wanted to know what was inside. He took a lot of things apart, especially computers. Today he is in his late 20s and he knows the computer, can figure out almost anything on it or about it. He learned auto-cad and adobe and anything he wanted or needed to know. He has a side business, slide belts, his entrepreneurial spirit still strong.
You don't have to buy anything. Make things from everyday stuff. Get a box and start collecting things you might have thrown out.