Wednesday, October 24, 2012
take me outside day
Tomorrow is Take Me Outside Day. Admittedly this a Canadian campaign, but it is so worthwhile I think we can embrace it where ever we may live.
According to the campaign, children in Canada are spending an average of nearly 8 hours a day indoors, in front of screens. This isn't just happening in Canada. A 2011 Australian study reported a similar dramatic and worrying shift in childhood activity in Australia from outdoor play to indoor activity.
It seems that in the short space of one generation we have gone from being a nation of outdoor kids to a nation of indoor kids.
So let's commit to just 45 minutes outdoors with the kids tomorrow.
This is what we will be doing:
I'll be marching the boys out the back door and down into the bush for a walk after school.
They will probably complain so much that you would think that I was marching them through the gates of hell, but the usually stop by about the 10 minute mark!
What will you be doing with your kids outside?