In the space of a single generation, Australian children have moved from playing outdoors to playing indoors. This change can be put down to safety concerns, time-poor parents, and the lure of television and computer games. Independent research carried out over the past few years for Planet Ark, with support from Toyota, demonstrates how many of these outdoor activities have moved towards extinction.
- Only 1 in 3 Aussie kids today play outside every day compared to around 3 in 4 children a generation ago,
- Around 1 in 3 Aussie kids have never been camping or bushwalking and
- 1 in every 4 Aussie kids has never climbed a tree!
Why Does It Matter?
Research shows that a dose of everyday nature - particularly in the form of outdoor play - has huge health benefits for children including: developing fine motor and risk assessment skills; learning basic maths and science knowledge; promoting creativity and patience; and encouraging physical activity and strength.
Get Thee Outside
To help preserve these increasingly rare and endangered activities, the Planet Ark Everyday Nature program has put together the kids Endangered Nature Activity Rescue Guide. Download it, share it with your friends, family and colleagues and use it to get your kids back outside.
Then let us know which activities you've achieved. Send us an image and a few words about the activity you're helping preserve and we'll share it with our social media friends with an encouragement for them to get involved too.
Download the Endangered Nature Activity Rescue Guide.
Everyday Nature Pyramid
Have a look at Planet Ark's Everyday Nature Pyramid for a great illustration and ideas for how to get in touch with nature.