Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

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94 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) and the Voice of Play just surveyed 1,000 parents (conducted by Wakefield Research) about how many hours their children play each day. Eighty percent of parents said their children enjoy playing outdoors significantly more than playing indoors. Further, on average, parents said their children spend 2.03 hours playing outdoors each day. Outdoor Play per Day 44% play outside 2-3 hours 24% play less than one hour 21% play one hour and 12% play more than three hours Children of Millennial parents play outdoors the most, on average 2.23 hours a day; for Gen X children it's 1.85 hours/day. Still, the survey indicates children still play more indoors: Indoor Play per Day • 40% play 2-3 hours • 35% play more than three hours • 14% play one hour • 11% play less than one hour Children of Millennials play 4.11 hours a day indoors; Gen X children play 2.66 hours a day indoors. Other Key Indicators • 96% agree that play outside the classroom enhances learning • 94% agree that children who play outside are more likely to be healthy and become well-rounded adults • 65% believe children can learn more by playing outside than sitting in classrooms. Children at Play—And the Survey Says… I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 1 6

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