Did you know Wednesday 3rd of August 2011 is the National Day for Play? The idea behind Play Day is, that according to recent findings, we don't take our children to play outside as much as we used to when we were younger.
Savlon undertook some research about outdoor play which revealed some shocking results:
- 42% of children have never made a daisy chain
- 32% have never climbed a tree
- a quarter of children have never rolled down a hill
- a third of children have never played hopscotch
- 1 in 10 children have never ridden a bike
These really are such sad statistics and a sign of our times now. Times have changed so much from when we were small but that is no reason not to get out there and enjoy these simple childhood adventures. I think these figures should be a reminder to everyone to get outdoors, even just for a little while.
You can look here to see what is going on in your local area or for more information on how to host your own event visit Play Day. The venue or size of the event doesn't matter, it's simply about encouraging children to experience and enjoy outdoor play. Events are already being planned up and down the country, from Jubilee style street parties to backyard play dates.
I am teaming up with Not Yet a Yummy Mummy to host a Play Day in Richmond Park. So if you live local (or not so local like me) and would like to join us then feel to tweet us @mummyandbeastie and @NotYetaYummyMum or you can email us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to see you and your little ones, the more the merrier!