OK, put down the remote, slowly....., step away from the television.
There is definitely too much screen time happening around the world these days.
I remember the days.....
In all seriousness, it is true. Between television and computers the kids and 'youth of today' are definitely turning into blobs and vegetables too soon! We need to get up off our backsides and get into the garden, park, forest or just plain simple outdoors more!
Here in Cairns, the wet season is too good an excuse to stay indoors, but in that lovely twilight or later afternoon time, if it isn't raining, that is the perfect time as the day cools down to be outside.
We recently grabbed the scooter, the cricket bat and a tennis ball and had an impromptu game of backyard cricket or rounders/softball!. The girls loved it- it also really made me realise how much more we need to play ball games as their catching skills at the age of 5 and 7 are NOT up to scratch. Mental note..... play catch more!
We set up the scooter as stumps or home base and one person batted. The other two took turns bowling or pitching and fielding as appropriate. We even hit a few home runs (over the fence and into the road outside). This lead to some traffic and road awareness discussions too; bonus!
It was great to see the girls developing throwing, catching and hand eye hitting the ball skills.
We had great fun and will do this again. It was definitely better than sitting on our bums wasting away.
Rant, rant, rave rave- but yes, the kids of today need more exercise. Get them away from the screens!!!
Do you agree, or am I playing devil's advocate too much?
What do you play with your kids in the garden?