I know the weather hasn’t been that good lately, ok let’s face it it’s been bloody awful but it seems that kids are now spending too much time indoors for playtime and not enough outdoor and fresh air time. I must admit with Roo being at school in the afternoon’s I can see a noticeable difference in her energy levels now she is outside playing for 30 minutes a day in the fresh air as when she is with me we don’t do enough as I am bit of a wet weather wuss and wrongly I’ve always assumed playing outdoors in the wet is well, erm, rather wet.
However a recent survey has shown that kids now have too much indoor playtime. If you take a look at the way your children play today and compare it to the hours you may have spent as a child running, climbing and exploring the great outdoors, do they get plenty of hours playing outside or do you (and they) wish they were able to spend more time engaging in open-air play?
I know I love it on those weekends where all three of us don our wellington boots and get outside at Cannock Chase or Chasewater Railway as there’s lots of fun to be had in the great outdoors climbing, playing imaginary games and learning about nature – but it’s too easy (and routine) to often put the television on or sit inside and play with the toys. Furthermore, there are those parents who have a fear of what might happen with their kids playing outdoors – just look at the US where so many playgrounds have been removed for fear of parents suing park authorities for injuries. I would hate for that to happen here.
By not playing outdoors though our kids are missing out, on vital exercise, fresh air and adventure. So what can be done to encourage safe outdoor play?
The Accident Claims have created this infographic as part of the Play It Safe campaign which illustrates the play behaviour of modern children and provides some useful advice on how to keep kids safe during outdoor playtime.
So get out there, go wild, stay safe and have fun – I bet you and your kids will feel all the better for some fresh air.