I came across this article today by The Centre for Independent Studies about unstructured play. It really got me thinking. So often I feel that if activities aren’t planned (even if it’s just some simple craft or baking), that I’m failing to ensure Miss Four (yes! she has had a birthday!) is getting the most out of her childhood. The article says that:
“Unfortunately, most children in Australia no longer experience … freedom. Their time is so strictly regimented between school and structured activities after school that they are losing the art of play. According to a MILO State of Play study in 2011, 45% of children in Australia don’t play every day. Curtin University research claims that in just one generation, outdoor play has decreased from 73% to just 13% of total play time. Such are the time limits on children today that some parents are structuring in time for unstructured play!”
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