At the risk of appearing contentious, what ever happened to looking out the window at the wonders around us? As children, we were involved with everything that went on outside, and could identify all the cars and license plates and were taught about the capitols and what each state was known for. I'm REALLY not trying to make moral judgements about how people raise their kids, but it seems like we've lost some intra-generational communication with the proliferation of electronic gadgets.
Again, this wasn't meant to be a personal indictment against anyone, just a comment on the changing society.
Also, of course, it's easy for me to make these comments as we didn't have all that stuff back when the Earth was cooling.