Help make outdoor play for children longer and less structured!
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As Albert Einstein once said, play is the highest form of research. For children, outdoor play allows them to develop their social skills and learn about the world around them. Their interaction with the environment is fundamental as it teaches them about everything from life cycles to weather systems and more. They are free to become mini scientists and interact with their friends and nature in ways that are not possible in classrooms. Outdoor play is crucial for a child`s development and unfortunately it`s becoming less frequent in schools and households across the nation. In 1974, “70% of U.S children played outside daily” as compared to just “31% in 2004” (Clements). The Centers for Disease Control recommends that children play outdoors for at least an hour a day, however research has found that U.S children only spend around 4-7 minutes of unstructured outdoor play per day (Hofferth, Sandberg, & Juster). This sharp decline in unstructured outdoor play is thought to be because of the rise in time spent on technology and the increase in academic pressure on kids starting at a younger age.
Because of this, I am advocating for children to have more unstructured outdoor play as it creates a since of community for the kids, helps develop their minds, and has many health benefits as well.
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