There is no shortage of writing and discussion about the need to get children playing in the way previous generations did. There is significant concern about obestity and inactivity amongst today's children. Yet, for the most part, we follow the path of popular culture and set up our lives to promote more indoor activity: video games, computers and home theatres.
I'm a technology fan but seek to find balance. If parents wish to connect with their children this can be accomplished at home with a cool game night. At the same time, a day hiking, snow-shoeing or simply having a campfire promotes exercise but also some amazing experiences with nature.
If today's children are going to change the amount of time inside/outside and develop a love for nature it will be because we have changed their routines. Get outside with your children. They will love it and so will you!
This cool video trailer says it well.