A special thanks to reporter Madeline Schroeder for sharing the ideas of adventure play with her 30,000 readers in the Front Porch Stapleton.
I want to give credit to author Jay Griffiths whose idea I referenced when I spoke about children being free spirits, drawn to adventuresome characters like performers and cowboys. Jay writes about this in her incredible book Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape which I evangelize at every opportunity.
In thinking about this idea, I'd like to add Harry Potter to the list of magic-infused, inspiring risk-takers. Who else do children admire and mimic in their imaginative play? Sports heroes... who else?