Gamer Parenting; Kids Adventure Kit

Applying my Table-top Role-playing Skills into my parenting means creating the engaging, highly imaginative, and short feedback loop into the activities of my children.

Gaming got me into Airsoft, History, Military studies, Fitness, etc... and the skills of a GM applies to crafting an engaging experience for my children as well. Not just my children, because of the shortage of time and space, my efforts need to be repurposed and designed to be sharable with family and friends (and their children).

I can make an Adventure Kit for my son, and his cousins, and my friends kids who are the same age. I can plan (or prototype) a set of activities that teach key problem solving skills and with imagination (imagining that its in some more fantastic and interesting world) make the challenges and tasks more engaging.

For my son its a "Imagination Game" where we imagine a darkened world where the grown ups are all gone and monsters lurk. Giant Cockroaches, Rats, Zombies and other monsters roam the streets. He gets gear, sometimes mundane or sometimes magic, that help him in his adventure (to prevent power creep they're mostly consumable) when he performs some chores, exercises, and real world challenges. Sometimes in a combat when his dice suck I ask him to do Pushups or some exercise to show how strong or fast he was to dodge or deal damage. (My son is 5 and 10 months)

Stuff I try to make him do with reward for gear, XP, succeed in an action and other opportunities:

  • Try new food
  • Exercise or Stretching
  • Write stuff down
  • Find stuff (scavenger Hunt practical stuff)
  • Pack his supplies (this is pretty fun since its all his snacks and imagining eating it in the "dark world"). 
Or anything he needs to do but he can't grasp the value or reason he should do it.

Below is the kit that I started working on because I'm bored out of my wits with errands and playing Shield bearer (or Pack mule).


  1. Children's book on
    1. first aid. Basics about germs, dressing wounds,
    2. (urban) Safety. A book talking about city hazards and safety precautions. Tailored for a particular city crime rate like Philippines.
    3. Outdoors. Basic orienting, knowing their limits,
    4. Nature. Teaches observation of plants, bugs, and animals. Safety precautions, sources of snacks or forage, how to clean, and signs of danger.
  2. Pencil case (est. 250ml)
    1. Pencil
    2. Sharpeners
    3. Pen
    4. Trash bin (zip lock pouch)
  3. Notebooks with protection
    1. A6 sized notebooks. 80pages.
    2. Graphing grid pages optional.
  4. Snacks container
    1. 4x 150ml container water tight
  5. Bottle
    1. Recommended vacuum insulated at 300-500ml. (est. 0.6kg).
    2. Needs to be tough enough to be banged up. Considering it's a child it has to be easy to use.
  6. Backpack
    1. 10L Backpack. Typical kiddy backpack.
    2. A list of how to pack spare clothes, depending on the expected activities. How to keep the clothes dry and clean.
  7. *child friendly phone or smartphone device. 20-30 usd smartphone.

Children's Books for Adventuring

First Aid

Teaching kids how to perform first aid. Books organized to what is teachable and trainable at the earliest ages for first aid.

Outdoors

Teaching kids about the outdoors: how to pack, dress, and prepare for hiking. If it is audience specific, it gives examples of trips that are accessible and some objectives to be had.
It has basic survival: like starting a fire with the least equipment, setting up a tent, packing supplies etc… as challenges and games.

Urban Safety

Written with certain cities or cultures in mind. Example would be: Urban Safety for New York will be very different from Metro Manila. These are basic precautions and safety children can learn, and elaborating the risks.

Fitness

It’s mostly coping techniques that teach kids to have good eating, sleeping, and activity habits. It includes Exercise Routines for Kids. It tries to teach kids the mindset that they exercise to do certain activities better, faster, stronger.

Good Habits

A number of housekeeping, chores, self-care, hygiene, and organizational skills that a child can learn arranged by age, and by what factors are needed for the habit to develop.

Adventure Games

Modified Scavenger Hunts, LARP, and “Party Games” that put to use elements from First Aid, Outdoors, and Urban Safety in a Gameable environment.

Practical Nature


Similar to outdoors skills but focuses on teaching the basic and developing the curiosity to have the scientific mindset and wonder of observing, and experiencing nature.
A practical book, it has to give actionable examples. In the Philippines it has to talk about the few Nature reserves the philippines does have (Like Manila Watershed, Subic, etc…) and the kinds of experiments and discoveries children can make on their own.  

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