50 things to do before you’re 11 & 3/4 is designed to encourage kids to learn new skills, try new things and motivate them to get outdoors. With loads of events and challenges going on all year round there really is no excuse.
The social panic about kids spending too much time indoors has become so extreme of late, It has even been given a name! NDD which translates to Nature Deficit Disorder. Whilst I am not entirely sure I agree with this reaching, “name it” status, I do believe it makes you sit up and take notice.
Nature is good for kids minds.
- It builds confidence
- Promotes creativity
- Teaches responsibility
- Provides different stimulation
- Gets them moving
- Reduces stress and fatigue
In a fantastic report, Natural Childhood, the author Stephen Moss offers some compelling evidence that we are all suffering as a result of alienation from nature. (I highly recommend a read of this report!)
The report states a growing number of parents agree and one recent survey revealed that two out of three now believe their children have less freedom to roam than free-range chickens!
I believe this is partly to do with our current over-protective style of parenting (of which I am guilty too) Its a scary world out there.
Personally, I think it isn’t necessarily that more bad things are going on these days. I think it’s just that we hear about more of the bad stuff due to social media, smart ‘phones and T.V. It’s all around us, we can’t escape it.
That being said, I have no intentions of changing my habit of overprotecting my children. It just means I’ll have to get on it and get out there with them.
We’re the guilty ones! So c’mon parents, reap the benefits, get out there with them, we ALL need to stop and smell the roses!
Here’s a link to the PDF format but there’s also an I-phone and Android app available.
I printed my two a copy each to fill in when we complete a challenge; Merely because they’re young enough to enjoy ticking stuff off a list! I’ve downloaded the app, and it’s well worth it. There’s secret finds, seasonal activities, National trust event information and you can find the best place to complete a challenge locally.
I don’t think my two need to control the App just yet as they already both spend way too much time staring at a variety of screens.
Child mind.org say, “kids that spend more time outdoors are smarter, happier, more attentive and less anxious”.
Life is busy but it’s important to make time for Nature too.