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Kids Playing Like We Used To. Fire Pits, Creeks, Outside!

Angela Holtzen

Other than some walls lit up with graffiti, there are no bright colors, or anything else that belongs to the usual playground landscape: no shiny metal slide topped by a red steering wheel or a tic-tac-toe board; no yellow seesaw with a central ballast to make sure no one falls off; no rubber bucket swing for babies. There is, however, a frayed rope swing that carries you over the creek and deposits you on the other side, if you can make it that far (otherwise it deposits you in the creek).

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    This reminds me of two 12-year-old boys who spend a lot of time outside who started their own bow and arrow making business:
    It's rare.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Awesome! Cool to see young entrepreneurs centering themselves on play!

  • Terri Hammer

    I also love this! I work with kids and see first hand exactly what this article is talking about. We do such a dis-service when we don't allow kids to be kids. It deprives them of "childhood" which is where we establish the building blocks for the rest of our lives.

  • Sachi Kobayashi

    I'm a Millenial, but I had this experience growing up. My neighborhood backed up against a wooded state park, and I would spend hours wandering around by myself or building forts with a pack of kids. Those are some of my best memories. I loved this article, but not the negative stereotype of Millenials.

    • Jelena Woehr

      Likewise! I grew up with North Table Mountain in Golden, CO in my backyard. That and the barn where I grew up riding horses were my playgrounds. I was very much a free range child. That being said, I think there are fewer like us today just because of population density... more kids, fewer wilderness areas for them to play in.

  • Courtney Pankrat

    I heard about this on the radio and love it!

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      love this. I want that experience.