Whole Child: Developing Mind, Body and Spirit through Outdoor Play

This report cites statistics on how long children devote to unstructured outdoor play (four to seven minutes a day) and in front of electronic media (more than seven hours a day). It notes that preschoolers watch over 32 hours per week of TV, according to The Nielsen Company.

The report examines ways in which nature, specifically unstructured daily outdoor time, nurtures a child’s body, mind and spirit and offers recommendations for parents, healthcare providers, educators, media representatives and government leaders that will help children grow healthy and strong.

Publication Date: 
2010-8
Sponsor: 
National Wildlife Federation