Take it outside
Each day our kids spend an average of only 6 minutes in nature and accumulate over 7 hours of screen time. There’s a growing body of evidence that getting kids outside is more important today than ever and it’s no surprise that active outdoor play is good for kids:
- Kids move more, sit less and play longer when outside.
- Kids who play outside after school get 20 more minutes of heart pumping activity per day.
- Time outdoors, especially unstructured time in nature, can increase curiosity, creativity and problem solving ability in kids. It also improves physical fitness and co-ordination. (http://30x30.davidsuzuki.org/)
What can you do?
- Encourage kids to enjoy active outdoor play in a variety of weather conditions. Playing in the rain or snow can be fun too!
- Let kids learn a little responsibility while they explore their world.
- Allow kids to play and experience nature in their own way.
- Create environments and opportunities in our communities that support and encourage active outdoor play for kids.