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 Britain’s National Trust that they are planning a campaign this year to improve peoples’ 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: “It’s 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 it’s 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 Grylls’ Top Ten Things To Do Before You’re 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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