I grew up in Washington State and when I was a child I did not have a cell phone, computer, tablet, Xbox, Play Station, Wii, or cable television. You might ask: Then what did you do for fun? Well, I played outside with my friends. I explored the woods, built forts, practiced baseball in the cul-de-sac, collected baseball cards, and read comic books. I know it was a different time and people felt more secure, but what has happened to our children?
If given the choice between a new app or going outside to play, I am sad to admit it, but my son would pick a new app. He loves going outside, but when he wakes up in the morning he wants the iPad. I recently came across Keepers of the Lost Art Comic Book Series, which is a website/comic book that encourages tweens to get back outside and develop their creativity. This series is geared toward children 8-11, and focuses on being a kid.
The company behind Keepers of the Lost Art, Cavedweller Productions, has opened a Kickstarter campaign. They want to raise $20,000 in 30 days. Their goal: Promote a kid-friendly adventure through innovative, colorful, action-packed comic books with educational elements, not to mention an interactive website that helps to teach our youth the lost of art of being a kid!
Their website has kid friendly polls, information about the comic book characters, a kid forum, and my favorite – “cool stuff”. The cool stuff section has experiments to try at home and fun ideas for the family to do together. This is sure to get your child’s creative juices flowing. My sons and I are definitely going to try out the experiments. I also liked the secret code section, so I encourage you to check out the site.
There is a parent site that is separate from the kids site, which houses the social media links and FAQ’s for parents to learn more about Keepers of the Lost Art. I definitely recommend checking out both sites and helping this company get off the ground. Let’s get our kids excited about using their imaginations and inspire them to develop the lost art of being a kid.