Why licking frogs is good for you…

This is one of my all time favourite photos – I love it!

Girl licks frog - porject wild thing

Photo courtesy ©Project Wild Thing

 

Project Wild Thing…

I came across it online at the Project Wild Thing (PWT) website. PWT is a film in the making. It will examine the fact that children and nature are growing apart.

The array of instant gratification gadgets and easy entertainments available to kids these days means they go outside less often. The project aims to halt this trend by encouraging children, young people and adults alike into the great outdoors.

Troubled kids & tired workers…

We all know that working with troubled young people is hard graft. It can be disheartening, draining and difficult. Keeping going can be a real challenge.

Many of the young people we work with have never had someone to properly explore and thrill in the great outdoors with them. May be it’s time to do some of this together. To break free of the interview room, the therapy suite, the YOS or social services office and venture outside…

Licking frogs?…

This is obviously euphemistic. I haven’t actually licked a frog – yet! But here’s what comes to mind for me:

  • Seeing the world through a child-like lens – life as an adventure…
  • Putting aside your caution and instead of asking “why?”, ask “why not?”
  • For me, it’s about whatever the opposite of Health & Safety is…
  • It’s about taking time to explore, prod, sniff and taste stuff you might not normally think of (like frogs!)
  • It’s about doing stuff that we “grew out of,” like:
    • Stamping in a puddle
    • Lying on the grass and staring at the ground close-up
    • Going OUT in the rain
    • Walking at night by torchlight somewhere dark and quiet
    • Sleeping on the beach or on the trampoline in the garden
  • It’s about walking to the shop or taking the bike – leave the car at home

Reasons to get out more…

Research into the advantages of being outside has flagged up a number of benefits, including:

  • Improved sleep
  • Improved sense of happiness and well-being
  • Improved health (e.g. lower levels of obesity in children)
  • Improved concentration (e.g. in school)

Not bad, eh? All things that we as carers and the kids we work with, could benefit from. So what can you do now to move forward?…

Check out the Wild Time app for more outdoor fun ideasappstore-lrg. Click on the logo on the right…

Take the pledge and join the movement to get outside more…

Just click here and fill in your details to stay in touch with PWT as it progresses.

Project Wild Thing trailer…

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