With the kinder weather approaching my thoughts always turn to spending time outside and soaking up the sunshine and fresh air. It also makes me very nostalgic for the fun I had as a child and now, with my own son Charlie. There is so much pleasure to be had in the simple things in life. Hunting for bugs, making a den in the garden or a woody park, flying a simple kite and rolling down a hill.
There has been much talk of late about children being welded to screens and technology. Having entertainment on tap and no creativity being demanded of them. This is a concern for us all. At school, we are thinking more and more about ensuring we give children access to practical experiences where they can develop their problem-solving skills, resilience and social skills; providing situations where children are required to think and use creatively all the skills and talents they have. A recent Facebook post about ‘If you were a child of the 70’s’ detailed lots of the kinds of things we want our children to experience now, with the possible exception of the more life-threatening activities that promised imminent death. It’s a miracle so many of us born then are still alive and un-maimed – but we are!
I stumbled across an article on the Woodland Trusts website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50-things-to-do which talked about 50 things to do, before you are 11 ¾ . The 50 things are simple, free or cheap and are the things that filled many of our childhoods and formed some of my happiest memories. If you are keen to distract your child from the technology that holds them so entranced, have a look (Ironically, it comes with a handy app…)
If you feel so inclined, I would love some pictures and a little caption from you and your families’ adventures so we can build a display to inspire others and share the simple pleasures that can be found in running barefoot in the grass.