Often our teachers and I reminisce about our childhood. Just this week one of our teachers shared her favorite play was making mud pies with tin pans in her yard.
A fond memory for me was how I spent hours in a tree that in my imagination was a house, with each branch being a room. As adults, many of us have fond memories of entire days spent outdoors, playing with friends without any toys, props, gadgets or screen time.
Today our children’s play allows less and less time outdoors. I recently read an article about the huge reduction in the amount of time children today are spending outdoors. (50% reduction in just the last 20 years) The National Wildlife Federation’s campaign, “The Green Hour,” wants to see this generation of children back to climbing trees, collecting more rocks, hiking trails, etc. It’s a campaign to get parents to give their children an hour daily of outdoor, unstructured play and interaction with the natural world.