Perhaps you remember playing outside all day – building forts, making up games, and exploring the backyard or neighborhood park with your friends – until you were called in for dinner. During the last 20 years, what used to be a childhood reality has changed. Today’s children spend less than half as much time playing outdoors as they used to. That boils down to less than 10 minutes per day during the week and less than 30 minutes on weekends, according to research from the University of Michigan.
It seems as if outdoor play time may have been overtaken by indoor screen time. The average child spends more than seven hours a day using electronic devices such as TVs, smart phones and computers. It’s time to take the family back outside. Here are five great ways to do it: