What is a game but the test and play that young cubs practice in the tall grasses? When the youth take to the field of play, the adults stay close by to keep them in check. When they fall out of line, the elders let them know their place.
The kit that fails to play the game, when faced with the danger of the wild, can be backed against the rocks and overpowered. But is the game destined for the wood and turf in the fields of the day? Or can the mind bring the fields to the kit?
The connection between digital games and the ducks-and-weaves of adversaries before you requires electricity not stored in the muscles but in the brain. Movement is indeed mind over matter. Transitioning the movement and anticipation of peripheral avatars through your hands into tightening of muscles, the reaction to the body’s balance, is not as clear as gamers wish. It is also not as far from the jungle as non-gamers perceive.
Imagine deconstructing the movements of an agile action sprite in the backyard, dodging obstacles like the first-person challenges kids are mastering by hand, or solving puzzles with arms and backs, not just fingers. Some builder’s ingenuity or even repurposing some dollar-store merchandise can be the gap needed to connect the skills the brain learns during digital gameplay to the movement of the body. This also quells the desire to reenact more dangerous skills unsupervised or with other young, faulty brains…
The keystone of this foundation for your pup is the elder’s involvement. A young mind doesn’t build it’s foundation by itself without unwanted variation or missteps cemented through faulty repetition. Join your young in the tall grass and teach them how to hunt.