Worth 1000 Words (and 1000 Hours on the Couch)

Folks, this image comes to us from Linda McGurk at Rain or Shine Mamma, where, she says, “We believe that the best childhood memories are created outside, while jumping in puddles, digging in dirt, catching frogs and climbing trees, and that outdoor play is key to restoring the connection between child and nature.” Go to her blog or Facebook pageΒ to join her mission to get every child outside every day, regardless of the weather.

Having just encountered a frog tonight that jumped on me (I’m in Florida), I can tell you there is something thrilling even about the simplest encounters with nature (even if they make you scream). – L

nature postcard

6 Responses to Worth 1000 Words (and 1000 Hours on the Couch)

  1. Michael Barton September 23, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    That image is wonderful!

  2. Rachel September 23, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    this is a great blog to hightlight but your links do not seem to work.
    Here are the correct links:
    http://rainorshinemamma.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/rainorshinemamma

  3. John September 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    When I was a kid back in the 1960s, we were outside playing all the time. “Capture the Flag” was a common game we kids played or just a simple game of touch football. It was very common in the 1960s to see kids outside playing after school. In fact, the so-called experts back then were griping that kids need to spend more time reading and less time playing. Well, now we have a bunch of fat kids from not playing enough! I think the computer and video games are the big reason we don’t see kids outside like we did 40 years ago. But fortunately more video games are now being designed that require the player to be standing up and moving so perhaps that may be the key to get kids here in America exercising.

  4. Papilio September 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    “…catching frogs…”
    “…a frog tonight that jumped on me (…) (even if they make you scream).”

    LOL!!! The revenge of the frog! He wanted to catch YOU for a change πŸ˜›
    Or maybe he was so sick of being caught all the time he just thought ‘let’s get it over with’… πŸ˜€

    The picture is nice, although I wonder what all those tire tracks are doing there and if a car is coming round the corner… Maybe I just miss the bird soundtrack.

  5. Stevie September 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    NC is celebrating “Take a Child Outside Week” this week. It is sad and funny at the same time. Could you imagine our parents (or their parents!!!) having to make a week to recognize and encourage the joy of taking a kid outside? Of course, in my opinion, it should be “Send a Child Outside Week.” Why do I always have to be there πŸ˜‰

  6. Jenn September 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    David Suzuki is currently doing a “Get your outdoor shoes on” campaign, encouraging people to explore the outdoors. As a part of our Eco Schools portfolio, the school I teach at is doing a daily challenge for a month where families and individuals are encouraged to do something outside.