Nature Play

87% of children spend more time INDOORS, than OUTDOORS.

“Passion does not arrive on videotape or on a CD; passion is personal. Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young, it travels along grass- stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature."

- Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, 2005

What an amazing quote from an inspirational author and what is more important to teach our students and children than a love of the world that sustains us all. For to long schools have been institutions for the industrial capitalist society we live in and we have lost sight of the essence of life itself.

Our children spend less than 2 hours a day outside and 87 percent of children spend more time playing indoors than outdoors.

In South Australia, children spend an average of 4.5 hours a day in front of a screen, exceeding the national average by half an hour!

We are a crucial point in history where we need to give our children valuable exposure to the natural world, through initiatives such as Nature Play SA.

How can we expect the next generation to care for something they have had no exposure to?

Children spend 7 hours a day for 13 years of their lives in schools so what a great opportunity to give these students just a little exposure to beautiful natural environments where they can play, learn, and just relax.

Studies have shown natural play contributes to the overall physical, cognitive, and emotional development of children.

It helps children score higher on tests for concentration and self-discipline, helps them experience more diverse play, and exhibit less aggressive behavior. It helps them strive toward advanced motor fitness, and become healthier overall.

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