Ask anyone over 30 to recount their most treasured memories of childhood play, and few will be indoors. Independent play, outdoors, and varied, is what we remember. As things stand, today’s children will be unlikely to treasure memories like that: 21% of today’s kids regularly play outside, compared with 71% of their parents.
As if those figures weren’t bad enough, when we deep dive into the area we see how little play outdoors there really is. Recent research from Sudocrem has revealed that, on average, children spend 45.5 hours in front of a screen, and only 5 hours outside each week playing outside.
It matters more than you may think
Young children need the opportunity to use their whole body and develop their gross motor skills. It’s only when they have mastered these that they will be able to control their fine motor skills, like a knife and fork, or holding a pencil, for instance. While for older children, various studies have continuously shown how much outdoor play leads to better social skills, flexibility and reduced anxiety.
And now the kids want it too!
While the ever increasing rates of childhood obesity would have us believe that children are lazier than ever, actually over 50% of children researched in the Sudocrem piece said they themselves thought they were spending too much time indoors not enough playing outdoors!
It’s time to get playing dad – #PlayMoreMonth
That’s why we’re excited to announce The DaddiLife Play More Month, in association with Sudocrem Play More.
Throughout this month ahead, our aim is to get you and the kids playing outdoors more, and we’ll be featuring a range of dads and experts, focusing on more quality moments outdoors with dad!
What’s more, we want to make it a rewarding month too.
How to get involved:
1. Share more – if you believe outdoor play matters please share our video and get other dads involved.
2. Win More – To get you outdoors more this summer, every week of the campaign we’ll be giving away a Trike worth over £100 and Space Hoppers for free. Simply put in your details below and a winner will be picked at random each week! Good luck!
3. Play More – Tag your moments with #PlayMoreMonth
Not sure where to start?
The National Trust has an inspirational “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activity list”. So why don’t you…?
• Climb the highest hill near where you live, racing to see who can get to the top first – then roll down it.
• Make a daisy chain.
• Visit a farm. You don’t have to be living in the country to do this; city farms give ample opportunity for watching, feeding and petting animals.
• Skim stones.
• Go on a long bike ride.
• Play pooh sticks.
• Make a den.
• Pick blackberries.
• Have a snail race.
Whatever you do, make sure you pack all the right essentials, especially the kids water bottles, and GO HAVE FUN!
Get out there dad, and make a difference. #PlayMoreMonth