Sword Play

Minecraft, The Three Musketeers, Star Wars and other warriors use swords to defend their Kingdoms! Your son can engage in great imaginative swordplay fun with a little bit of ingenuity and very little cost.

I love when boys get involved in imaginative, non-screen, full body, outside play. The only problem is how do we get them to do that when they are ever drawn to those blasted screens? Well, simple, but fun swords to the rescue. Continue reading

Learn How To Play Marbles

Many generations of boys have played the game of marbles. While the game has basic rules, it can be tricky to master.

The game of marbles helps boys with fine motor coordination, sportsmanship and strategy, and even patience. It is remarkably inexpensive to obtain the “equipment” – basically one needs several “player” or “duck” marbles (typically 5/8 inch diameter) and one “shooter” marble (typically 3/4 inch diameter.)

Many purchased “sets” will come with both types of marbles and in a mesh bag. When I played marbles though, our bag was almost as important as the marbles. (I bet some creative moms could come up with a straightforward, easy way to sew marble pouch with a thick material and a drawstring. What a fun project that could be for a boy!) Continue reading

Recapturing Boyhood

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Welcome to All Boy Life.

Somehow we lost our way.

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My grandchildren on the kindle. Screen time should be limited for boys (and girls.)

The mystery and excitement we called boyhood got lost in the avalanche of homework, TV, video games, tablets, passive and entertaining toys, and electronics of all types. Even the once fun and wholesome children sports teams have turned into clinics, tryouts, statistics, ratings, traveling teams and mounting pressure.

Good stories and adventure books are all but gone. Replaced with video games filled with unrealistically macho, aggressive, unhappy and revengeful men and equally unrealistically voluptuous, sexy, scantily clad women viewed as objects.

But all hope is not lost. Continue reading