1000 hours outside challenge

January 8, 2019 - Home education
1000 hours outside challenge

Late last year I came across a post about the 1000 hours outside challenge. Thinking it sounded pretty good, I set a start date of January 1st to begin the challenge ourselves. 1000 hours sounds a lot, broken down it works out as an average of around 19 hours a week or just over 2 and a half hours a day.

Yesterday was the end of the first week and so far we’ve completed 6 hours and 45 minutes outside. Not bad for our first week, especially when it’s cold and damp. January the 1st we met with my parents aka Granma and Granpa, and went to Moors Valley Country park. We took the dogs (and the children) and set off for the adventure trail. Plenty of walking, playing and a little art work. Almost 3 hours whizzed by.

Friday we met with home ed friends, drank tea and played in the forest. It was icy and the children loved hunting for frozen puddles and bringing back sheets of ice to show us.

Sunday we met up with my brother, sister-in-law and nephews. The children loved playing with the cousins and uncle. After an hour or so of play and a snack we went for a walk through the forest. Once back at home the girls spent the afternoon baking cookies and cakes.

As the weather gets warmer I know we’ll be spending more and more time outside, and hope we achieve our goal of 1000 hours outside this year. Why not set yourself a target, even 150 hours outside would benefit your whole family.


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