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NWF Green Hour

Commentary on what parents should know about and can do to counteract common "nature deficit disorders" in our TV-watching, video game-playing children including encouraging a daily "Green Hour" of outside play and learning. A program of the National Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


That awkward "but what would I do outside"? moment!

Priming the pump for outdoor activity

What parent hasn't heard the classic, "I'm bored -- there isn't anything to do," lament? When a child registers such a complaint is usually causes every productive idea about fun things to do to drain from an adult's brain. This condition can be aggravated when you suggest that a child STEP AWAY FROM THE TELEVISION and go out and play. "And do what"!? -- comes the rejoinder and the brain-drain begins in earnest. Author, Richard Louv, (Last Child in the Woods) discusses how awkward an adult can feel when suggesting that kids play outside. He reminds us, however, that once the kids get out there they pretty much take entertain themselves. You just need to get them started.

Brain stilled drained? Here is some help. Consider, for example, the resources at Family which has a useful and accessible set of articles on things to do outdoors with kids.

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