|We spent today playing in the rain at Lake Cootharaba - rock hopping, tree climbing, splashing about, paddling, snorkling, cloud watching and exploring.|
|Going outside is the most inexpensive thing you can do for your children's mental and physical health|
|Studies show that children who play on rocky, uneven, tree-filled areas have better balance and agility.|
|Stepping back as much as possible to let children explore is so important. Being able to take risks and problem-solve helps build self-esteem.|
"The healthiest, non-sedentary activities are those in unstructured, natural spaces - the ones without carefully painted lines and adults with whistles."
Richard Louv, Author of 'Last Child in the Woods'
"Across the industrialised world, children’s freedom to play and get around their neighbourhoods are in long-term decline. Children are in effect reared in captivity, thanks to traffic growth, academic pressures, the lure of screens and ever-growing adult anxieties. It should be no surprise that childhood obesity and adolescent mental health problems are major public health issues."