Outdoor Play

Me and my next door neighbor, Justin, played Casper the Friendly Ghost almost every day in the summer.  I don’t remember much about the “plots” of our days, but I was Wendy and he was Casper.  My longest and best friend Kristi and her brother Mark would make up games to play in the pop-up camper they had (we never actually popped it up, but hid in the closed damp space).  We dressed up their dog and videotaped him.  We played tag and climbed trees in a wooded area between our houses. We rode bikes all over town. We went to the city pool.  I can’t think of many times when our days were planned out – we just got together and did whatever came to mind.  All of this was outside.

Check out this link from usnews.com talking about outdoor play for children.  I wish there was a way we could go back to the days of free outdoor play.  Do you think it’s possible?


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One Response to Outdoor Play

  1. Julie says:

    Yep, of course! There are many organisations around the world, supporting schools and parents wishing to offer children more free play, more outdoor play, and more risky play. If you are interested in researching this topic then a few good places to start would be http://www.ltl.org.uk, http://www.greenschoolyards.org, http://www.facebook.com/playlearninglife and http://www.playengland.org.uk/savechildrensplay. If you check out my FB page (playlearninglife) you can see a whole load of other great sites that I follow, and there are sure to be some there that will pique your interest and renew your faith in our ability to provide today’s children with the fantastic experiences you enjoyed as a child.

    All the best,

    Julie Mountain
    Play Learning Life

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