There are a startling number of children in the UK who rarely explore the natural world around them, and we think it's time for change!
With technology spreading into every aspect of our lives and our children's lives, it's important that we inspire them to go outside and experience something 'real'.
I know what you're thinking... how bad can the problem really be?
Well, in a survey of 2000 children carried out by Eden, some truly horrifying statistics were revealed that will have you putting your children's wellies on faster than you can say Mother Nature! The study showed that:
- The majority of children spend more time playing indoors than outdoors.
- More children can identify a Dalek than an owl (yes, seriously).
- The distance that children will play around their home has shrunk by an unbelievable 90% since the 70s.
- And, most shockingly of all, more children are admitted to hospital each year with injuries sustained falling out of bed than falling out of trees!
What are the benefits of playing outdoors?
As we're sure you can imagine, the benefits of children playing outside are almost endless!
Improvements in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better problem-solving skills, creativity, and reduced aggression are all associated with regular outdoor activity.
Children will sleep better, work harder in school and appear happier and more relaxed in day-to-day life.
Did you know, that only 5 minutes of outdoor activity can dramatically improve the mental health and well being of children (and adults) alike?
Take a second to think of your most treasured childhood memory... for many of us, this will take place outdoors, away from the prying eyes of adults and far away from home!
Well, children nowadays might not experience this sense of joy unless we give them the freedom to go a-stray (within reason).
Inspiring children to go outside
Here at Really Wild Bird Food, we wholeheartedly believe that your children or grandchildren should get as much enjoyment out of the garden as you do!
That's why we offer a range of products to help spark their interest, all of which make excellent Christmas presents by the way...
Here's a great option if you want to get the little ones outside to see the bugs and bees at work. This delightful insect study centre features a number of chambers for insects to explore so children and adults can observe and learn.
Its perspex egg tubes can be pulled out of the home so children can watch as insect eggs develop and grow! The nectar terrace provides a tasty spot for butterflies to congregate, ideal during the spring and summer months.
This organic oasis provides the perfect place for children to see a range of insect species, without having to stray too far from the house!
We offer a number of different field and wildlife guides that will help you get your children outside, in the mud and engaging with nature.
The one shown here will help them identify different reptiles and amphibians, they'll have to be quick though, these creatures don't like to hang around!
If reptiles aren't really your thing, we also have guides to help you and the little ones identify everything from butterflies to birds, insects and more!
Why not turn this into a fun game? He or she who spots the most animals is the winner! You can find all of our wildlife guides here.
If you are enthusiastic about nature this will inspire the little ones to get involved too. Spending time outdoors with the children will be just as rewarding for you as it will be for them.
Whether it's bird watching, a walk in the park or a trip to the local beach to go hunting for seashells, mother nature has so much to offer, so make the most of it!
Statistics and information from this article, The Guardian.