Classes open to the great out­doors

Warwick Daily News - - READ -

MORE than 200,000 kids across the coun­try took part in the first na­tion­wide Out­door Class­room Day.

A world­wide ini­tia­tive, the event en­cour­ages school­child­ren and their teach­ers to spend some time out­doors.

A Galaxy Re­search sur­vey showed par­ents thought the big­gest risk that kids faced as a re­sult of hav­ing less out­door play time com­pared to past gen­er­a­tions was a lack of so­cial re­silience, poor fine and gross mo­tor skills and lack of per­se­ver­ance.

Na­ture Play chief ex­ec­u­tive Grif­fin Lon­g­ley said it was won­der­ful watch­ing the chil­dren in­ter­act out­side on Septem­ber 7.

“When kids are out­side and play­ing, they are in­vent­ing and mak­ing up games and rules for games, and ne­go­ti­at­ing be­tween each other,” he said.

“What­ever it is, they have to work stuff out. “One of the great things was watch­ing the lit­tle squab­bles as they’re build­ing cub­bies out of sticks.

“You can see the teach­ers get­ting wor­ried ... but those skills are fun­da­men­tal to so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment.”

More than 1.6 mil­lion chil­dren in 12,000 schools across the world have taken part in the cam­paign to date, as part of a global move­ment pioneered to get chil­dren en­gag­ing in more real play.

In a first for Aus­tralia, chil­dren took part in out­door ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from kite dec­o­rat­ing, seed bomb con­struc­tions and cubby house build­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion or to get your school in­volved in the next one, go to out­door­class­room­day.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

◗ More than 200,000 chil­dren across Aus­tralia took part in Out­door Class­room Day on Septem­ber 7.

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