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Only 25% Of UK Kids Play Outside: Bear Grylls To The Rescue!

Only 25% Of UK Kids Play Outside: Bear Grylls To The Rescue!

Children growing up in the UK today are spending significantly less time than their parents did having adventures outside and, as a result, they are missing out on traditional skills like building a den or tying a rope swing that their parents perfected, according to a new study.

The publication of this research comes on the heels of the February announcement by Britainís National Trust that they are planning a campaign this year to improve peoplesí links with nature and wildlife.

Just 24% Of Kids Play Outside Today

Over half of UK adults played outside everyday when they were young, compared to just 24% of kids today, suggests research commissioned by Persil small and mighty, a brand of laundry detergent.

Even worse, although activities such as hide and seek, hill-rolling and climbing trees should transcend the generation gap, according to this research, one in 10 under tens never plays outside and a third stay indoors and rely on ready-made fun instead of making their own.

The survey was timed to coincide with a new handbook of ten activities to try before the age of ten, which includes perfecting the perfect hill roll, making a mud pie and trying to count the stars.

From The Daily Telegraph:

Adventurer Bear Grylls, who helped compile the list, said: “Itís important to teach kids to enjoy some free and simple outdoor adventures.

“Soggy wellies, grassy knees and muddy hands should be part of growing up. Whether itís using their imagination to play games outside or learning a new skill like building a den, I want more kids to enjoy outside activities and experience a bit of adventure.”

Bear Gryllsí Top Ten Things To Do Before Youíre Ten

Here’s the beginning of his list:

1. Perfect the perfect hill roll

2. Become a hide-and-seek champion

3. Go sledging- on sand

You can read the complete list by clicking here.

Sounds great to me! Let’s all get out together and have fun!

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6:51PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Is he going to jump cliffs with toddlers now?

6:56PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Kids need to be out side playing, they spend too much time playing video games. Kids these days don't know how to play outside. That's why so many kids are over weight. Kids need to get dirty...it won't kill them.

9:20AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Nice one Bear!

I was down the park the other day and two children were playing near the shallow, slow moving stream. Their mother kept calling them away from the stream. I felt like telling them not to listen and jump right in :)

4:07AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

ah, bear grylls...

8:23PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

outside play was some of the best time i spent in my childhood

4:56PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Ahhh the happy outside childhood! Some of the best times ever!

4:56PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Ahhh the happy outside childhood! Some of the best times ever!

4:56PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Ahhh the happy outside childhood! Some of the best times ever!

4:56PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Ahhh the happy outside childhood! Some of the best times ever!

4:55PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Ahhh the happy outside childhood! Some of the best times ever!

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