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Do you remember how you used to play at the front of your house as soon as you got home from school, right up till dinner and then maybe even sneaked out after dinner to lay on the grass to look at the stars .... ?
I remember but I can say, I haven't spent a lot of time looking out the stars for a while ... Maybe even a year?
Children need and thrive on time outdoors. The statistics are pretty scary, in 2016 a survey in the UK was conducted and found that three-quarters of UK children spent less time outside than prison inmates, revealing the extent to which time playing in parks, wood and fields has shrunk. A fifth of the children did not play outside at all on an average day, the poll found. Source via: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/25/three-quarters-of-uk-children-spend-less-time-outdoors-than-prison-inmates-survey
I am fortunate that I can start work early and get home early. So I have at least an hour before the sunsets to take the kids outdoors and we all love it. It sets the mood for the night, we all come home with smiles on our faces and whatever we faced during the day seems dimmed.
- I also let my kids be noisy. If you're outdoors and you children want to yell out to your friends in excitement, this is the time to do it! Get noisy and get dirty.
- I also like be a minimalist when we go for walks, I prefer to not take toys with us and let nature be the toy land.
It really is simple, just get outdoors and let the kids create their own fun. You don't even have to think of activities. Just let them be!
Being outdoors is good for everyone, no matter what age. Get out daily and if it's a little bit rainy go out in style and wear your rain coat.