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Throwback summer: Kick the Can Add to ...

Take a page from the 20th century – a 10-week guide on how to bring back the adventure of summer.

In 2009, an academic noted that Kick the Can was disappearing – “becoming less and less known to each generation,” as outdoor and unstructured play dwindles, in his words.

How could we as a society allow something as fundamentally great as Kick the Can vanish? Parents, it’s time to right this wrong.

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Gather your children and as many of their friends as possible (as always with these games, the more the better). Explain the rules and be “It” in a practice run. Then get out of the way.

If all is still right with the universe, if kids can still get hooked on a game of cunning and stealth and running around a neighbourhood, then all you should hear for a few hours is gleeful screaming. And a can being kicked.

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