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Spending more time outdoors may reduce your children’s risk of becoming short-sighted. Researchers from Cambridge Uni have found a link between the amount of time children and teens spend outside, and rates of near-sightedness (myopia). The team found that for each additional hour spent outdoors per week, the chance of myopia dropped by about two...
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We failed to get any tickets for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I know that when the Games start, if we’re slobbing out on the sofa just watching it all, we’re going to feel as though we’re really missing out. I have, however, discovered another way for us all to feel part of the Games. It’s called the Youth & Family Gold...
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A bucketful of rescued baby rabbits, a woodland of tall trees, ripples on a pond, the roots of an upturned tree and puffy clouds… and that, says children’s writer and illustrator Debi Gliori, is what triggered the idea for her latest storybook. We went to see her at this year’s Morley Literature Festival, West Yorkshire (watch your back, Ilkley!)...
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Nature Australia, an organisation dedicated to helping parents in Western Australia get their children more involved in outdoor activities, has recently revealed its latest idea – a ‘Nature Play Passport to an Amazing Childhood’, in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation. Your child registers, get their passport and a list of...
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Can a playground be too safe?

Posted by on October 3, 2011
Can playgrounds, in their attempts to be safe, actually be dangerous? Here’s what Helle Nebelong, a Danish landscape architect who focuses on healthy, natural, inspiring play spaces for children, has to say on the matter. The following is an extract from a speech she gave to the Free Play Network. “The pre-fabricated playground tries to live 100%...
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[Video 1:31] The Orange Bothy Bag

Posted by on October 2, 2011
What a miserable day it was… as we gathered (in a car park in Ambleside), in the Lake District, the black clouds gathered (seemingly right above that very same car park in Ambleside). We set off walking, regardless, with Wansfell Pike in our sights. The children did fine, of course, the older ones fuelled by each others’ company, the little ‘uns...
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