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Outdoor Play

Children are hard-wired to need nature and to play in their natural environments. Yet, did you know that compared to the 70s, children today are spending 50% less time engaged in outdoor play? Why do you think that is?

Read all about this new topic and find out what we know about it and what can be done to promote the value of outdoor play. Let’s make sure our children start playing outdoor a lot more!

Outdoor Play

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Outdoor play: Hard-wired for nature!

Playing outside in nature is essential to children’s healthy development.
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Topic Editor:

Dr. Mariana Brussoni, The University of British Columbia, Canada
This topic is funded by:
Lawson Foundation

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