OPAL is encouraging children and families to get outside and enjoy their local parks and playgrounds. There are lots of things to keep the family busy indoors but getting outside is where the real adventure begins. Kids love playing outside and sometimes all they need is the opportunity to get out there.
In Australia today, 87% of children spend more time playing indoors than outdoors. In South Australia, 63% of children do not meet the recommended guidelines for sufficient physical activity.
While the increased amount of children’s screen time, such as watching television or spending hours on computers or other technology, is one reason for the decrease in outdoor activity, other factors can play a role such as busy out of school schedules, smaller back yards and concerns about child safety.
Playing outdoors is important for children, just like healthy food and sleep because children that have the opportunity to play outdoors are fitter, stronger and more co-ordinated.
Your local parks and playgrounds provide a great free space to be active and explore their surroundings. Allow them to get messy, meet up with other kids, make choices, agree on their own rules and create an adventure to remember. The kids will be having so much fun they won’t think of it as exercise.
For more ideas and tips about getting outside, as well as the benefits, check out information on the benefits of getting outdoors and some ideas and tips:
Want a challenge? See how many you can tick off on Nature Play SA ‘51 things to do before you’re 12’ list:
Jump on your bike, throw a Frisbee, or make a mud pie… There are all kinds of things to enjoy when you go outside.
To find out more about the Life Looks Brighter Outside theme contact the Charles Sturt OPAL team on 8408 1132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.