Kids today only spend half as much time playing outside as we did. It can be a hassle to get them bundled up and to the playground on a drizzly spring afternoon – or to clean half the floors in your house after a trip to your own snowy backyard. But there are many skills that kids gain both from self-directed and “purposeful play,” and experts say that's particularly true when that play happens outdoors.
Our guest Meghan Fitzgerald is the co-founder of Tinkergarten, which offers purposeful play opportunities for children and families that gets them away from screens and outdoors together in nature. Meghan tells us her favorite get-them-outside activities - and why even the coldest or rainiest days offer rewards that really are worth bundling everyone up.
Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan for The New York Times: "Yes, Your Kids Can Play Outside All Winter"
Helen Russell for Grazia: "He can’t read yet, but he can build a campfire: welcome to Viking parenting"
Claire McCarthy, MD, for Harvard Health Blog: "6 reasons children need to play outside"
And our episode Danger Babies
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