Dialing Into the Outdoors Through Mobile Game Apps
"I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are." - Paul, fourth grader. Gamers gotta game. It might seem like an awkward marriage, but one professor thinks it's one that could work out:
Can game apps get kids out of the house and literally into nature? The makers of games like Habitat, whose play combines cartoon-character virtual species with real-life animals (like Mable pictured above), think they can.
How do we reduce our children's nature deficit? One approach is for parents to "be the boss" and confiscate those electronic gadgets and tell your kids to "get outside and play." It's a strategy that can work, but as a parent, I can tell you it can also be counterproductive, leading to resentment and rebellion. Authors Sarah Olmsted (Imagine Childhood), Hilmi Ibrahim and Kathleen A. Cordes (Outdoor Recreation) and Louv are just four people who are considerably more creative with the hundreds of different strategies they offer in their books.