A recent poll for Unicef UK found that British children crave outdoor play and quality family time above all else. But with work pressures on parents, the whims of our weather and the daily to-dos of family life, it can be hard to find the time and space. In an age where toddlers can operate touchscreens with alarming aplomb and it sometimes feels as if nothing is sacred (loo breaks, meal times…) when it comes to the finger-twitching siren call of our smartphones, we’re all craving a break. I think being outside, with the sun, wind and rain on your face (and the little faces around you) is the best antidote there is.
With this blog, I want to share info and inspiration for parents, carers and teachers everywhere, whether you’re bang in the middle of an inner city (where I grew up), or somewhere more remote. There are loads of amazing mini-woods and wild areas in parks all around the UK, and there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had in the backyard too.
I’ll be asking forest school practitioners, educational psychologists and likeminded parents for their take on fun, outdoorsy things to excite and inspire small souls, even when it’s chucking it down and your jungle is an urban one.
Check out the Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/wildlearning/go-wild-outside/, or drop me a line here with any ideas you’d like to share or things you think I should write about.