Published: 7th MAY 2020

Bring the outside in with a new online resource for families

Families across the UK can now access fun and educational resources online via a new four week feature launched today. The feature is offered through Sustrans’ free parent-focused newsletter.

The four-week feature includes five activities themed for:

  • Wellbeing
  • Keeping active
  • Being creative
  • Investigating
  • ‘Anything goes’.

Each week also features a challenge to keep children active whilst at home.

Activities include tasks to design the ideal child-friendly street; a challenge for children to ‘rainbow bling’ their bicycle helmets, and a number of other challenges, games and activities to keep children active whilst at home.  

Supporting families

The feature forms part of a parent-focused newsletter offered by Sustrans.

It includes links to cycling and walking tips, and other useful content to help families walk, cycle and scoot.

Following the UK-wide lockdown announced by the Government in March, families have been engaging in home learning.

Keep the family entertained

Chris Bennett, Head of Behaviour Change and Engagement at Sustrans, who is also a father juggling home learning said:

“It’s been over a month since UK schools closed and parents started home-schooling.

"This pack offers additional activities to keep children entertained and active during these unusual times.

“Walking, cycling and scooting are great ways to contribute to keeping us active and healthy in body and mind.

"During this time where we are mostly required to stay at home, these activities become harder to do so.

"Sustrans Outside In therefore aims to provide ideas and inspiration to bring health and wellbeing activities into the home.

“The content has been developed by Sustrans’ skilled workforce of school officers who are experienced at developing fun and educational resources suitable for the school setting.

We’re therefore hopeful that this newsletter will be welcomed by schools and families as an information point for fun and educational extra-curricular activities.”

Using the lockdown to think about our future

Dame Sarah Storey, British Paralympian and Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region said:

"With usual activities and family visits on hold, there has never been a more important time to have a range of activities you can do at home and especially for families who have limited access to outside space.

"This home learning pack from Sustrans is a fantastic way of introducing children to new activities.

"And I love the idea of them investigating the changes they are experiencing as a result of social-distancing.

“Children are also more aware than ever of the benefits of reduced traffic and how much easier it is to go on a family bike ride with fewer vehicles on the road.

"I really hope families enjoy these activities and I am looking forward to seeing the streets that the children design!"

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