Now that we have our daughter, I get to play as much as I want, with our little girl being the apparent reason. Here are all the things I get to do now, without any guilt:
Imagine. It's great to pretend one is an astronaut, fireman, artist or a bear. We build robots from lego blocks, do puppet shows, bring stuffed animals to life. Imagination can be great entertainment.
Draw and sing. My drawing is atrocious and I sing horribly. However, to my daughter, each drawing I do is a masterpiece. Our driveway is filled with chalk drawing requests. We learned very early on that singing calms our daughter at night. So I sing a lot at nights.
Play video games. I am the original video game addict. That's why I don't own any. Although my daughter doesn't play, my nephew does, using his Play Station. The last time I beat him in a video game, he was 5. Now he routinely beats me, and he probably could win even with his eyes closed :-)
Have fun doing silly things. We chase each other around the house. We yell and scream, blow bubbles, throw snowballs and fly kites. I am excited at the overcoming the simplest challenges. We have fun feeding our fish. I crawl around the house like a bear. We laugh, we laugh and we laugh more.
Learn like a child. Going to children's museums is one of my more serious children's activities. As an engineer, I love to see science in action. A great place to observe how science works is at a Children's museum. Scientific principles are brought to life in a way that is enlightening and entertaining.
The zoo is another great place for learning, especially about the animals, their habitats and the environment. For me, I get to relearn all the great animal knowledge that I had forgotten.
Not only is playing like a kid fun, it also can be very inexpensive. With the exception of the museums and the zoo, there are no major costs that are associated with the above activities. For the museum and zoo, we get yearly family memberships which pay out after the second visit.
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