Nanci Hellmich from USA Today on Retro Play
“If you’re looking for ways to get your children to move more this summer, show them the games you played as a kid, such as chasing lightning bugs, jumping rope, playing kickball, flying a kite or using a hula hoop. In this age of high-tech entertainment, call it retro play.”
That’s the opening of a great article entitled, “In summer, kids need real play time” written by Nanci Hellmich in USA Today.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nanci for the article and we had a great conversation. She clearly practices what she preaches, and I asked her about her own childhood memories of play. She responded,
“I had a very active childhood in a farming community in Indiana. My sisters and I built forts in corn fields after the crops had been harvested, used blankets to make tents on our swing set, explored a woods behind our house, played at my grandparent’s farm and biked up and down our country road. We were outside playing almost all the time. In fact, my mom had a big bell she rang to call us home.”
We shared a laugh as my mom also had to call us in from our adventures with a bell.
Did your mom have a bell? What are your childhood memories of play?
When you need to take a break from playing, be sure to catch her retro play article. It’ll make you turn around and head right back outside.