Six word Saturday: back when childhood involved DIY fun

Home-made swing; Wellington, NZ, around 1950.

Home-made swing; Wellington, NZ, around 1950.

Have they forgotten I’m up here?

20 thoughts on “Six word Saturday: back when childhood involved DIY fun

  1. That is just so cute… and practical…These days, a lot of this simplicity has been lost. We think we need to spend a lot of money on getting the latest equipment instead of something simple and fun. A great photo.

  2. Thank you – and I agree totally. My childhood in the 60s and 70s was all about finding fun and making stuff ourselves. And when my son was little, we tried to do the same, but I always felt a little bit guilty that we weren’t buying him lots of stuff. πŸ™‚

  3. Fun doesn’t equate with expensive toys. Simple things can give more room for the imagination, can’t they? I loved making cubby houses with blankets like that. Is that a chicken in the background?

    • So true! And the cubby house fascination doesn’t go away. My teenage son constructed one in his room a few days ago, and when I went in there, he said “I just needed this!” And I’m pretty sure it is a chicken. It certainly looks like a hen house; the wire mesh gives an interesting texture to the photo.

    • Didn’t they? My dad made or improvised so many of our playthings when we were kids – if we didn’t do it ourselves! I’m always so proud of my own son when he does the same thing. He still uses the treehouse he and a friend built when they were about 10!

    • πŸ™‚ I think kids still want to make their own fun, but parents and other adults make it difficult because we’re trying to protect them or because we’re pressured to buy things. It’s such a shame because we’re not only taking away the opportunity to experience risk in a relatively safe environment, but creativity is about making something meaningful out of not very much. This is such a soap-box of mine!!!

      • I’m right there with you. I taught Kindergarten. There is a vast difference between children who are encouraged to engage in creative free play within their indoor and outdoor environment and children who are not.

        • πŸ™‚ my son went to a Montessori kindergarten where creative play was so much a part of daily life and I think that in terms of educational institutions, it was probably the best thing I ever did for him. He’s always been a producer rather than a consumer and now I’m blown away by some of the photo-art he’s producing.

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