Children Should Be Outside for 4-6 Hours Every Day — 1000 Hours Outside

In Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children, Angela J. Hanscom writes “kids of all ages should get at least three hours of free play outdoors a day.”  I’m all for balance.  Understandably, family life is a tricky juggle.  But no matter the situation we are in we owe it to our children to try our best to give them baseline the components they need for higher-level development.  Maybe 4-6 hours a day outside isn’t doable but the current statistics say that the average child only gets 4-7 minutes of outdoor free play every day.  This means that the average child is probably outside for 30 minutes or so a few times a week.  

If children can consume media through screens 1200 hours a year on average than the time is there and at least some of it can and should be shifted towards a more productive and healthy outcome.

Children Should Be Outside for 4-6 Hours Every Day — 1000 Hours Outside

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