Outdoor Fun for Kids before 113/4; Feeling a Bit Tired and Weary after All the Christmas Activities? Looking for Ways to Get the Family Up and out? A New Project in South Wales Has Come Up with Ways to Get Children Playing and Exploring Outdoors. Cathy Owen Finds out More

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Outdoor Fun for Kids before 113/4; Feeling a Bit Tired and Weary after All the Christmas Activities? Looking for Ways to Get the Family Up and out? A New Project in South Wales Has Come Up with Ways to Get Children Playing and Exploring Outdoors. Cathy Owen Finds out More


Byline: Cathy Owen

OUTDOOR play and experiences are a vital part of our children's development.

Headlines about inactivity and rising obesity levels are raising the need for children to get out and about more.

All this is why the Cardiff Outdoor Activities Team (Coat) has joined up with the National Trust to deliver their scheme called '50 Things to do Before You Are 11 and 3/4'. The project aims to get children playing and exploring the outdoors and offers a number of activities that they can choose from in five areas known as Adventurer, Ranger, Discoverer, Tracker and Explorer.

Successful pilot sessions were held at Ogmore Beach which saw children partake in a number of activities including hunting for fossils, star gazing and cooking on a campfire, and also at Forest Fawr where children enjoyed climbing and exploring inside trees, tracking wild animals and catching falling leaves.

Kim Goodman, an assistant at Cardiff's Children's Play Services, has been involved in some of the pilot sessions.

"It is a brilliant scheme and a great way of getting children out and about and enjoying the great outdoors," explains Kim, who has a seven-year-old daughter.

"Coat provides a fully inclusive approach to outdoor activities.

We work with children and young people aged five to 20, some of whom may have disabilities.

"We also work with the 18+ age group through a training and development programme that empowers staff and volunteers to assist or even lead activities of their own.

"The activities are driven by feedback and consultation with the children and young people. …

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