Yesterday my boys needed something to do that didn't involve the computer or video games. My answer is usually "clean your room" or "go outside and play". Not surprisingly, they took me up on the "go outside and play" part.
What did surprise me is that the two older boys went out to the woods and built this shelter all by themselves. They even started a little cooking fire (with permission) and were building a spit to roast a rabbit on, that they planned to snare.
I talked them out of the rabbit idea and instead talked them into hot dogs, pointing out that the spit stick would work nicely as a hotdog stick. Not quite as mountain man-esque, but it worked. They sat out in the woods, quietly lost in their own imaginations, until their fire died down.
On the other side of the house a "snow cottage" had been built by my younger two (with some help from Dad). Not to be outdone, they packed sandwiches and ate in their shelter too until the cold took over and forced them all inside for a warm bath.\
Though the computer and Wii win more often than I like, I love that I have kids that can entertain themselves this way.
Have a fun start to the week, everyone.