The aim of the day is to get kids outdoors, planting and caring for trees and shrubs, improving the environment where they live and learn.
I wasn’t surprised that kids today spend less time playing outdoors now than they (we!) did a generation ago. But the actual figures really shocked me – of the parents surveyed (all had kids aged 3-12):
- 73% said they played outside more often than inside as a child. Only 13% of their children do now.
- 72% said they played outside every day as a child. Only 23% of their children do now.
- 64% said they climbed trees as a child. Only 20% of their children do now.
Sadly, 10% of modern children play outside once per week or less.
The main reasons parents gave for this change were crime and safety concerns, and their own lack of time.
On a personal note, I’m proud to say that my girls have recently discovered the joy of climbing trees. My 8-year-old likes to stop and say hello to her favourite climbing tree every day as she walks up the drive from the school bus :-).
Do those numbers surprise you? Do you actively try to get your kids to play outside?