"I like to play indoors better, 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are."
— Paul, a fourth-grader from San Diego
"We've become a more sedentary society. When I was growing up in Detroit, we were always outdoors. The kids who stayed indoors were the odd ones."
— a parent, Swarthmore, Pa.
From Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv.
Fresh air; tall timber; amazing scenery; glimpses of wildlife; vast, memorable starlit nights. Video games are simply no match for the full-scale sensory overload that nature delivers, and a great way to convince anyone age 16 or younger of this truism is to invite them along on a camping trip. Usually all it takes is one meteor bolting across the sky to persuade any young adventurer-in-the-making of a fundamental fact of life — camping is cool.
Browse our online toys and games department to get all sorts of clever ideas for campground fun. Some of our current favorites:
For tips on making the backcountry fun, see the REI Expert Advice Backpacking with Kids article.
Contributor: Doug Peterson, REI product manager for fun gear and father of 2 daughters
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: Fri Oct 05 12:32:08 PDT 2012
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