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Get Out and Play: Ideas for Making Outdoor Play Fun

Presented by: Dani Weigand, Clark Plentarium

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Today the average child spends 44 hours a week plugged into electronic devices. In his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, author Richard Louv coins the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe the effect alienation from nature is having on a generation of children who are raised indoors.

Outdoor play can be a time for both fun and discovery and even stimulates creativity.

The following items can be purchased at the Clark Planetarium Planet Fun Store:

1. Solar Racers/Solar Robots: 100% sun powered micro vehicles. Just place them under the sun outside and watch them go! Price: $9.95 – $19.95

2. “AntWorks” Illuminated Ant Farm: No additional feeding necessary. AntWorks gel is complete with nutrients and supplements to promote healthy growth. Comes in red or blue. Price $29.95

3. Live Butterfly Pavilion: No catching required! Raise your own butterflies from caterpillars – then let them go. Price: $29.95

4. Rock Tumbler: Polish your own rocks, then make them into crafts or jewelry. Price: $39.95

5. Rockets: Clark Planetarium carries a wide variety of rockets and kits so you can build and launch your own rocket. Price: $16.95 and up

For more ideas and information visit our website at http://www.clarkplanetarium.org, open 7 days a week.

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