I guess I went to the opposite end of the spectrum. I always tended to be the daydreaming kid who plotted and schemed up things to do. Tom Sawyer has nothing on me.
I always kept busy with unstructured things AND sports. The more I did, the more I forgot.
Now that I have kids, I encourage them to play, to imagine and live as kids should live----protected and safe---but not fearful of the world beyond.
Damn. That's difficult.
I never had a treehouse cept for an OLD one left behind DEEP in the woods by an older generation...probably the 1950.
So I built my kid one bitchin treehouse on our land (before I was tossed out). The kids loved it. I always figured "no rural childhood is complete withouta treehouse."
Then my daughter said (recently) "no childhood is complete without a dog...so now I have Skip.