Kids throughout NSW will be boycotting homework on December 4 to trade screen time for green time. Families are encouraged to take the time spent on homework and screens for one day to play outside.
"By boycotting homework for just one day and getting outside, we hope people will remember the joy of outdoor play, fresh air and kids just being kids." stated Kevin Evans, CEO of National Parks Association of NSW.
"Kids are getting busier and busier and missing out on the chance to muck about outside" says Geoff Mallinson, father and Nature Play advocate. "Our children are spending less time outside each day than we did. Kids today are getting less time outside than chickens and prisoners."
"We want to give children back their childhood" said Matt McClelland, Bushwalking author and Nature Play advocate. "Unstructured outdoor play is a vital part of growing up, and studies show playing outside leads to healthier, happier and smarter kids."
Studies at the University of Illinois have shown many benefits for kids who play outdoors in green spaces. Green spaces improve mood, general health and wellbeing, and lesson ADHD symptoms. It is also a lot of fun.
Nature Play NSW has released an activity pack, including 10 ideas on what to do outside, such as looking under rocks for bugs and rolling down a grassy hill. The important part is to help the kids get outside and have fun.
Website, Resources and Activity pack
Nature Play NSW is a grass root community group supported by the National Parks Association of NSW encouraging kids to spend more time in unstructured outdoor play.
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