Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Great Outdoors for Kids

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Great Outdoors for Kids

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KIDS are amazing explorers - wherever you live, you can trust them to find all kinds of imaginative ways to make the most of their environment.

When it comes to families in cities, however, parents may wonder what kids' outdoor games may work best in an urban environment.

The Persil Kids Today project, which talked to children and parents around the world, found that cities can be exciting places to explore and play: CONNECTING with the freedom of the outside world, getting messy, and having fun - all these activities give children memories to treasure.

There are a number of places families can go for outdoor games for children.

After School Clubs: The best thing about living in a city is that there's always something going on! There are plenty of clubs for outdoor games for children; see your local council website, and the notice boards or websites of gyms, parks and schools nearby.

Parks: You don't have to leave the city to find some green space. There are a number of beautiful city parks across the country. If you're looking for a park near you, it's a good idea to use your local council website or tourism sites to find somewhere local to you.

Outside games: In the city you can offer your kids an exciting play experience! Here are some favourites: Skipping games can be expanded to include as many players as you like, so they're a great way for your kids to make friends. They'll also stay close, letting you keep an eye on them. How to play: One easy skipping game to start off with is called Blue Bells, Cockle Shells and dates back to at least 1957. You'll need three or more players, and a 7.5 metre rope.

For the first part of the rhyme, the rope is swung back and forth rather than round, as the players chant: Blue bells, cockle shell Eevie ivy over.

Birthday jump-ins are a good way to involve lots of players: Everyone chants the months ('January, February, March', and so on) and players jump in when their birthday month is called. …

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