My two boys, 6 and 8, have been having a great summer. A little bit of daycamp, outside play time, open-ended play at home, with the full variety of activities, from a little tv in the morning, to reading, to snap circuits, board games, making crafts, pretend play together, swim lessons, outside time. All fine.
The last few days and weeks though they have been increasingly into Pokemon. Started with my younger son liking some simpler Pokemon guides and some books last year, and then they got some cards somehow, then they bought some cards recently... now they study them, quiz each other, pretend play battles, trade with the neighbor friend, look them up on the computer, tell me all about how tall each one is, play card games with them (not the real game, but "war" card game using them, etc. It's been constant for a few days and I'm wondering if this is worth their brain power.... or if I have been slacking on getting them some better books about real-life things they could be using all this learning energy on! Or is there some value to this that I am not seeing? Is wasting time ok in the summer? Is a total waste of a passing obsession ok? (Can you tell I'm a little bit tired of hearing about Pokemon?) I know that some kids are into all the baseball cards and statistics or whatever, but at least that is somewhat real.
Any reading or math involved is stuff they've long ago mastered. (I am really not one to push academics or anything, it is naturally their drive to read and do whatever they do.) Not sure what creativity there is in it. They are just spending so much time on this. Younger ds just announced he's going to make a pokemon book now - maybe just being inspired by it is enough of a value?