How many ways can you think of to have what the actor-comedian, Mike Myers, calls “No Money Fun”? CURBING with kids is a sure-fire adventure, full of creativity, teachable moments and outdoor fun!
Here are 7 of our TOP Reasons to GO CURBING with KIDS:
- They turn into EXPLORERS!
Under your supervision and with your blessing, your kids get to explore places they thought were forbidden: industrial parks; alleys; neighborhood streets (and sometimes in the DARK)! They get a new adventure and you get to appreciate their excitement and wonder.
- They get to be wildly CREATIVE!
A chair without legs can become a porch swing, an old porcelain sink morphs into a bird bath and who knows what they’ll think up for those bicycle tires. Encourage them, dream with them…
- They learn to interact with adults in a whole new way.
Sometimes I’ve had to ask a shopkeeper or a homeowner if they wouldn’t mind us taking something from their curb. Many times really amiable conversations would ensue. When you interact with strangers, your children watch you and learn how to do it, too. (And having a cute kid in tow usually makes for a positive exchange)!
- They begin to learn about their role in the USE – RECYCLE – WASTE – USE process.
When we simply recycled plastic bottles at home and put them out for the truck to pick up, it was just another household chore. But when we CURBED for colored wine bottles, then cut them up to make a hanging lamp, well, that got the boys thinking about what they were throwing away and what they should be salvaging to turn into something new!
- They start to think like designers, builders and architects.
Creativity is not learned, it is unleashed. It is what we are born to be. If you are fortunate enough to have garden space, your kids might want to design and build a house (don’t they all want to do that?) Or if you don’t have that kind of space, what’s wrong with building a dream house that can sit on a table? What materials will they use? Where will they get them? This is what childhood was meant to be!
- You get to learn about their interests.
You know your kids, right? But do you really? I knew about my son’s interest in ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs and codes, but it wasn’t until he started carving on pieces of “found” wood to create wall sculptures did I know just how deep his interest really was. Parents are supposed to grow, too.
- You get to have conversations about surprising subjects.
When my two nieces and nephew piled into the car to scout for something on the curb one evening at dusk, everyone was silent, eyes peeled on the streets, intently searching for some glint of an idea until my 7-year old niece spied a man crossing the street with a cigarette in his hand. It air was growing murky and the red glow of the cigarette caught her eye. “Oh no!” she said, shaking her head, “He’s drunk!” Of course I explained that while smoking cigarettes is horrible for your health, it doesn’t mean that you are drunk. “Oh, no, Aunt Karen. One thing leads to another. First cigarettes, then beer. He’s DRUNK.” She was adamant. You just never know what they’re thinking…
CURBING with kids can be a regular routine or just a special occasion. Maybe just once is enough to make a memory. See how many of the 7 CURBING Reasons you can accomplish this week!
7 REASONS to CURB with KIDS
- It’s another teachable moment.
- They learn about their role in the usage-recycle-waste-reuse funnel.
- You learn about their interests.
- They get to be wildly creative.
- They start to think like designers, builders & architects.
- They learn to interact with adults in a results-oriented way.
- Conversations relax and surprising things happen!