Where we live now, there are less than 15 houses in our entire village and we have a lovely big garden for the girls to enjoy, as well as public footpaths leading through the countryside, right on our doorsteps. It means that screen time has been massively already reduced this summer, with the girls choosing to play outside in the paddling pool, riding their bikes, or walking with me and Husband when we take Maureen out (which hasn’t been until about 9pm in this heat!)
We’ve teamed up with Sudocrem to get involved with their latest campaign to get kids outside. As part of the campaign, they are encouraging parents around the UK to nominate a nursery and give them the chance to help improve the nurseries outdoor play area – just click the link to go through the the page for nominations.
They said: “Children are spending more time indoors than outside and they are missing out on exploring the natural world around them. In fact, research found that 1 in 9 British children have not visited a beach, park or forest in twelve months, and on average, a British child only spends 4 hours a week playing in the great outdoors. This is why Sudocrem set up the award-winning Play More campaign, an initiative designed to encourage parents and children to get back in touch with nature and explore the greatest playground on earth- the outdoors. As part of the campaign, Sudocrem carried out a survey which asked 200 children between the ages of 4 to 8 years old to identify some of the creepy crawlies in Britain. The survey revealed that 9 out of 10 children (89%) were unable to recognise a butterfly even though there is an abundance of native British insects, with around 27,000 insect species calling the UK home. Moreover, 51% didn’t know what a Bumblebee looks like. And, surprisingly, 1 in 3 (29%) didn’t realise that bees make honey.
Children are not only unable to identify some of the most distinctive insects, but they are also missing out on the adventure which comes with playing outside in a natural environment. Over half of those surveyed (59%) admitted that they had never climbed a tree, 89% didn’t know what a Buttercup was and 77% couldn’t identify a Sunflower. Are children losing their sense of wonder and adventure?
According to children’s TV presenter and naturalist, Chris Packham, who’s an ambassador for Play More, parents should be encouraging their children to get outside and explore the natural environment around them. “I was very fortunate when I was a child because I was encouraged to interact with the outdoors- looking under rocks and searching under logs and hedges to find creepy crawlies. If you just open your eyes, you’ll see that there is an incredible natural world out there waiting to be discovered”.”
They’ve given us one of their gorgeous Sudocrem My Little Adventure Packs to give away to one lucky reader. The kit is worth £40.00 and includes:
6 thoughts on “Play More and Win a Sudocrem My Little Adventure Pack!”
Nice We love muddy walk….Thanks for the great article.
Well, I wasn’t able to make it for the Contest But I love going to The Great Sand Dunes National Park here in Colorado. It is about 45minutes away from where we live and it is awesome for the kids! Thanks for the great article.
We love going to our local woods in Clent. Especially on rainy days. We love a muddy walk
my family love to visit Tatton Park in Cheshire, lots of nature paths and places to explore for everyone to enjoy
My favourite place is our Ferry Meadows park in Peterborough where we go cycling and enjoy a picnic afterwards.
We’re National Trust members, and we definitely get our money’s worth! There are some lovely local properties and NT beaches that we love going to, and we often try to go further afield with it…plenty of welly walks in the winter and shady woodland walks in the summer…