the artist Charles Olsen as a young lad
pots, spoons, sticks, cardboard boxes, wooden blocks, a mirror, pieces of cloth, crayons, paper bags... as a child what would you prefer: all these, or to play on a computer? which is more stimulating for the child?
I remember my parents used to prepare things for me and my sister for when we woke up early so we wouldn't go and wake them up. one day I went down to the sitting room and found a marble race made from wooden blocks with a couple of marbles sitting at the bottom. it was a tower and the marbles went zig-zagging down a series of slopes to the bottom. challenges came to mind: how to destroy it and reassemble it again; how to make it taller; how to make the journey of the marble the slowest and/or longest possible... this kept me busy for days and days.
what games, toys, and experiences would you want to pass on to your children? are films, videos, and computers valuable or a waste of time?