Kids Spending Less Time Outdoors

Kids in Britain — and in many Western countries — are spending less time outdoors than their parents and grandparents.

About 25% of kids in Britain spend less than 30 minutes outside each day, reports The Australian.  The article is based on recent research by the National Trust.  Meanwhile, 54% of kids ages 7-12 spend less than one hour a day outdoors.

The article also quotes figures for this generation’s parents and grandparents:

  • Parents spent an average of 2 hours and 34 minutes outside each day in their youth.
  • 53% of grandparents spent more than 3 hours a day outside.

The research is part of a campaign by the National Trust called “50 Things to Do Before You Are 11 3/4.”  The list is a veritable treasure hunt of play for young kids and includes things such as:

  • Roll down a really big hill
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Plant it, grow it, eat it
  • Play in the snow
  • Run around in the rain
  • Learn to ride a horse
  • Fly a kite

“Bucket lists” have been popular with the older generation for years, and more recently there has been a trend of parents and kids working together to make summer bucket lists (see examples here).

The National Trust is taking the idea of bucket lists  a step further — with a bit of humor and good fun — and it’s a wonderful idea.  What would be on your bucket list for kids to do before they are 11 3/4?