Growing up my family had a cabin in the mountains that (still) has no electricity, only cold running water and an outhouse. It is very rustic to say the least. Both of my parents were teachers which meant that the family would spend 3 entire months up in the middle of nowhere with no television, no phones, and of course no social media or Game Boys. Only electronic item we had was an AM radio.
Low tech toys
Hot Pink Matchbox Cars
So what is a kid to do for 3 entire months?! For one, I learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine and made stuff, a lot of stuff. I played with paper dolls, and made villages in a dried out creek bed. See the pink Matchbox car? My village was quite fancy to say the least.
I made a blanket for my stuffed dog (named Snoopy), went for hikes every day, played by the lake, was bitten by a poisonous spider and almost lost my thumb as a result. I made mud pies, made up songs on my recorder and stitched up finger puppets. I used the finger puppets with my friend Annie (who lived in the cabin down the road) and we would put on shows at the 'theater' which was actually a stick fort we built. We'd make our dogs sit as audience members. My dog was the critic and would invariably get bored and leave. What do critics know anyway.
Thinking back on my summers I count myself lucky. Can you image having 3 months of no social media, no phones, no Internet? Almost hard to imagine. I know a lot of parents that long to bring a bit of low-tech/no-tech toys into their children's lives.
When Forest Friends Finger Puppet Kit came on my desk looking through it brought back all those memories of a truly laid back, no-tech summer. These little puppets are so cute, are easy to make, and I can almost guarantee that this type of activity will be remembered far longer that getting a high score on Angry Birds.
What I would love to know is how you spent your summers or if you have kids or grand kids what do you do when you turn off the Game Boy? Let me know in the comment section below!