Sunday, May 6, 2012

Let the children play ......

٠ let the children play ٠ stamp in puddles ٠ climb trees ٠ dig in the dirt ٠ go on a bug hunt ٠ make mud pies ٠ roll down a hill ٠ build a camp ٠ make a daisy chain ٠ look for fairies ٠

Playing outside makes kids –

٠ smarter
٠ healthier
٠ happier

Recently I was chatting to a  friend of mine who is also a teacher and we remarked on how little children seem to play outside these days. In our youth (we were both born in the 1960s) there was no television, no computer games, no playstations, no fear of 'bad people' and life was pretty carefree. We played indoors on wet days but if the sun shone we played outside, ALWAYS.

We played in our sandpit .....

We sat on benches in the sun.........

We made camps in leafy glades......

We trained for the circus.......

Outside play is so important. For strengthening little arms and legs, for making young imaginations soar, but most importantly for the feeling of the sun on their skin and the wind in their hair. It's all around them and it's free.
Til soon.


  1. Great post - I agree wholeheartedly! My boys were always outside playing and rarely got colds or sniffles!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. You're so right Laura! I love to see children playing outside and thanks God we have a big garden in our actual house...When they are outside they feel so free and happy and they sleep very good at night :) hehehe

  3. But those are surely "modern" photos, aren't they??

    I agree with your sentiments. It's so sad that many schools in the UK are selling off their sports fields to property developers who build houses on them (which they then sell at extortionate prices), thus depriving kids of the opportunity for the physical exercise they really need.

    When I was a kid we always got sent outside to play, come rain or shine, both when we were at school and at home.

    1. They are modern pics Mark taken at the preschool where I work. All of the pics of my childhood are very 'posed' so they didn't really work with the post! lol x


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