The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin in The Atlantic last week is very powerful. It illuminates just how bland playgrounds have become in the last 30 years, and how that came to be. After 10 years of teaching and almost 4 of being a parent
It’s so hard to get video of Theo dancing with such enthusiasm, so this one is in the dark. It’s at a play center called Climbaroo, and Theo is excited to see a costumed character during the dance party session.
Sometimes I get a tiny bit concerned that Theo isn’t drawing faces like some other 3-year-olds. But then I witness a moment like this and realize, this is more important: his exploration of the materials.
Theo found some kind of weird piano at artBeast play center. He got some keys stuck together. I asked Theo about this device and he said “it’s for stabbing”.
More photos from Theo’s preschool field trip to artBeast:
If it involves water, cranks, balls, or digging, Theo is your man. This wonderful water play area is at Portland Children’s Museum.