Thank goodness most New Zealand children don’t have a problem with getting outdoors. But we do have to be alert to the potential threat of play-stations, ipads, DVDs and television and the overseas trend of limiting play times and lunch times to focus on teacher directed learning.
The article Saving Children From Nature Deficit Disorder is worth a read. It gives some excellent ideas for outdoor activities that could be incorporated into Discovery Time sessions. Have a look at the ‘dirt digging area’ and ‘logs’ easy to do in most schools.
Love this photo from a friend in Wellington’s recent wet weather!