What happened to childhood?
WHAT has happened in this world that we need organisations dedicated to getting children to play outside more? It mystifies me that in a region where the weather is amazing, where beaches or national parks are nearby, in a country where there are sporting goods stores everywhere selling cheap balls and bats and frisbees that Nature Play needs to exist.
It aims to make outdoor play a normal part of childhood again. Is it really not a normal part of childhood any more?
I grew up outdoors, playing in the street with neighbours until it got dark.
Are Aussie kids being raised indoors these days? Why? Part of it might be the smartphone phenomenon, and part of it might be that parents are afraid of predators snatching their kids, but that cannot be the whole story.
I want to know your thoughts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in this Weekend, we mark the start of the school holidays with some simple recipes to get the kids in the kitchen, and have come up with old-fashioned road trip games for those of you travelling.