20% of children have never climbed a tree…October 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Daily Life, Days Out | 5 Comments
Tags: Nature, outdoor play `, The Guardian
It’s a sad fact.
Almost as sad as the fact that 64% of children play outside less than once a week.
Or nearly as depressing as the 21% who’ve never been to a farm.
Where are we living?! It’s not a war zone (touch wood, heaven forbid, glass half full and all that). There isn’t a plague!
These statistics come from a survey of 2000 8-12 year olds conducted by TV channel Eden which was written about in The Guardian in the summer.
So as we enter into half term what will your children be doing? Playing XBox (is that still a good games console?!), moping around, sulking? I don’t know – we’re yet to hit these traumatic times lying in wait for us. Currently our 2-year-old would bounce on the trampoline in arctic conditions. He’d run up and down slopes until the cows came home (and yes he’s seen a real cow, on a real farm where actual animals live); and he’d merrily trudge along a long country lane in search of spiders, birds, more slopes, stones and of course tractors on a Sunday afternoon (maybe on the promise of more bouncing).
So what happens between 8 and 12?! Do children suddenly refuse to come out of their bedrooms?! Do they all have ‘s ASBO’s and curfews already?! Do parents turn into hermits, unable to take their children outside? Are they allergic to fresh air?!
I would really like to know. And I hope some of them give their children a little bit of the good life that we used to enjoy when we were small this half term.
Anyone want to build a den?!
p.s. Apparently more children are admitted to hospital having fallen out of bed rather than falling out of a tree. And more children can identify a Dalek than an owl.