A new book I was reading called In Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children, Author Angela J. Hanscom writes "kids of all ages should get at least three hours of free play outdoors a day."

Now in Colder months this may be more difficult but don't we owe it to our children to try our best? The current statistics say that the average child only gets 4-7 minutes of outdoor free play every day. This means that the average child is probably outside for 30 minutes or so a few times a week.

For optimal development 3 hours a day is a baseline but should be higher. When kids are outside play time their bodies instinctively seek out the sensory input they need to grow and develop.

Stats also say kids consume media through screens 1200 hours a year on average, I think if they can do that, we can get them putting more hours outside, some of that screen time can and should be shifted towards a more productive and healthy outcome.

So let's help each other out. What are some fun outdoor activities for our kids in Airdrie? What kinds of things does your family do to get out? 

 

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