Toolkits in kindergarten: and other ideas for raising capable, resilient children

On Drive with Geoff Hutchison

A study by the University of Western Australia (UWA) has found young people lack basic physical skills, such as running, jumping, throwing and catching

Amanda Derbyshire from UWA’s School of Human Sciences studied more than 4000 Perth kids, aged between three and eight, and found they are less physically capable than kids the same age 25 years ago.

Ask a kindy child today to stand on one leg – and they can do it on average for 15 seconds – a generation ago they were able to do it for 22 seconds.

The results come as no surprise to the CEO of Nature Play, Griffin Longley.

He recently returned from the Churchill Fellowship in Scandinavia, where kids are raised in different ways.

He shares some of his observations with Geoff, including the use of tiny toolkits by kindergarten-age children in Nordic countries.

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