Once upon a time, children sang songs, took delight in rhymes, danced to music, played games, and marveled at nature. It is an exaggeration to say that children no longer participate in these wonderful pastimes. However, most of us would agree that the general tendency has been away from these natural pleasures to a more fast-paced, artificial existence. Television and video games are convenient time bandits, stealing time that children once spent outside or in more imaginative play, reading, and even in the comfort of being quiet. Although we cannot turn back time, this communion with real things—with nature, other

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