The summer school holidays are fast approaching, which means there’s going to be some kids out there with a LOT of time on their hands. Rather than relaxing, it can be a stressful time for parents who must answer to the cry of “what are we doing today?”
Today's parents might remember their summer holidays; being sent outside to play and spending entire days in the backyard. Games like hide and seek and capture the flag (or the stick, or the random household object), backyard cricket, playing on tyre swings or just climbing a tree were everyday things to do, and imaginations could run wild.
But now, for most kids, that’s just not possible.
Since the 1990s, the size of the Australian backyard has diminished dramatically. Quarter-acre blocks are no longer the norm. Knowing the importance of outdoor play, we now have a responsibility to our children to extend the boundaries of what we think of as our own backyard.
That’s why these school holidays we’re encouraging WA families to start Growing Bigger Backyards. We want families to “think outside the fence” in terms of defining a backyard – after all, our state is one of the biggest backyards in the world!
Each week, we’ll be sharing a new way to grow your bigger backyard, as well as some resources and activity ideas, through our social media channels. Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with each week’s theme! You can also check back in on this page for more info each week, and follow the action on our Events Calendar!
Growing Bigger Backyards Resources
Most importantly, we want to see how you’re growing your bigger backyard! Make sure you snap some photos during your adventures and share them with us by using the hashtag #growingbiggerbackyards.