My son has always had his obsessions:
- Age 3: Dinosaurs and Angry Birds
- Age 4 and 5: Pokémon
- Age 6: Bakugan, Ninjago
- Age 7: Magic Cards, Minecraft, Mario Brothers Video Games
- Age 9, 10: Minecraft, Dragonballz, Injustice Video Game
- Age 1o and 11: Dragonballz, Naruto
My son’s guitar teacher has channeled his interests into guitar songs. He will ask my son what he wants to learn to play and find the music or transpose it when it’s a video game. He knows that my son will be motivated to learn a hard song if it’s the theme song to a video game.
Hence we have them playing a Naruto theme song duet. My son is learning three Naruto songs right now!
I’ve learned to accept my son’s video obsession and find ways to channel it into other avenues. Gaming set him up for Scratch programming. Minecraft had a natural segue into Java programming. He even did an entire summer of learning based around gaming which included learning Bible stories through a Minecraft graphic novel.
I honestly have nothing against manga or Naruto but I find the powers they wield to be confusing no matter how many times my son explains it to me. It was time for me to learn more:
Naruto (ナルト?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and dreams to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all. From Wikipedia
I didn’t realize that Naruto has a connection to ninjas. My son has always been fascinated by ninjas and martial arts so perhaps that is the connection!
Most recently, my son has been drawing cartoons like crazy. It started with superheroes pitted against each other just like the Injustice game and now he’s moved onto his favorite manga characters.
Naruto Manga Books
My son hasn’t asked for manga books yet, but I pulled a few out just to get familiar with what is out there. I’m content with reading chapter books with him; his 5th grade book list has included a few graphic novels but mostly we are working our way through Artemis Fowl with pit stops for funny books and Newbery picks that I think he will like.
Naruto as a creative outlet. Who would have thunk? It seems to be working though! What unlikely source of creativity is inspiring your kids? Please share!
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