CBS created a show called Kid Nation (2007), where 40 kids ages 8-15 spent 40 days without direct adult supervision in a ghost town where they had to create a sustainable community.
There is a cafe in Amsterdam where children cook and serve. Kinderkookkafé is a family restaurant that is run entirely by children: they cook, serve, bring the bill and wash up, all with a little help from adults. Parents leave their children in the afternoon and when they come back, they try what the children have prepared.
Japan has a popular TV show called “My First Errand” where little kids are sent to do minor tasks for the family on their own while a camera crew secretly follows them.
In 1984, a young boy named Andy Smith wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan asking for federal funds to clean his bedroom after his mother called it a “disaster area.”
In 2012 a 6-year-old girl threw a temper tantrum so extreme she was handcuffed and taken to jail from her kindergarten class.
An autistic kindergartner, his mother, and his grandmother were handcuffed at a school. The child was taken to a psych ward and the grandmother had a rib broken, all because of a 5 y/o tantrum that wasn’t handled properly by the school.
The voice actor of Boo in Monsters, Inc. was so young, it was difficult to get her to stand in the recording studio. The solution: they followed her around with a microphone.
In 1955 a six year old boy incredibly fought off a starving cougar while his friend ran for help taking 45 minutes before finally finding an adult who believed him.
If a child wants something bad enough, they can momentarily forget how big their body is compared to other objects. It’s called “scale error” and it can cause them to think they can fit into toy cars, for example.
Lack of play for kids results in mental health problems. So all work and no play really does make Jack a dull boy.