fun imageSome people like to put puzzles together. Others like to build forts, take hikes, or go camping. Some kids like to read or play a sport.

Derek Jeter, a now-retired New York Yankee, played baseball to have fun: “You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we’re playing a game. It’s a business, it’s our job, but I don’t think you can do well unless you’re having fun.”

What do you do for fun?

Now it’s your turn: Choose from one of the three following “fun” options.

1. Write a paragraph about what you like to do for fun.
2. Think about being 25 years old and remembering way back to your childhood. If someone asks you when you are 25, “What did you do for fun as a kid?” what will you tell them? Write your answer.
3. Ask an adult what they used to do for fun when they were about your age and then write down what they said. You don’t have to write everything exactly as they said it. A simple paraphrase will do.

Moms and teachers, you may want to play this for your kids to get them thinking about the topic of fun. It’s on Facebook, which most of our middle school students are theoretically too young to use. People of three generations answered the same question. You may be surprised at the answers.

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