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.
The organisation began in Western Australia and has spread to the east side of the country.
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.
During holidays, we wandered my grandparents’ farm – 1000 acres that was all ours. The boundaries were simple there. Stay out of the cranky old bull’s paddock, avoid snakes, do not tease the horses and don’t lose younger cousins.
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. Stay safe if driving, and enjoy the read in this Weekend.