“WHOOSH! Take that!” yells my daughter as she plays in the yard, wielding a stick like a sword. “Ahoy!” She dances around, giving the hydrangea bushes a solid whack. “Um, Tori?” I ask, “What are you doing?” She responds, “I’m being a pirate!”
I know we worry about kids and screen time these days – there’s no doubt that my daughter looks at some sort of digital screen far more than I did as a kid growing up in a house without a television – but I believe her screen time is doing her well. She plays games that help her build worlds, practice basic programming, and encourage exploration and imagination – and sometimes the on screen play tumbles off the screen and into the physical world.
She’s very enthusiastic about playing pirate right now because she’s madly in love with Disney Infinity and Captain Jack Sparrow (her mom is fond of Captain Jack Sparrow as well: JOHNNY DEPP SWOON). I was chatting with her about her love of the game, and asked her to give me a few quotes about playing it. It went so well that I decided to reach out to some other bloggers to ask what their kids love about the game as well.
Here’s what they had to say!