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Help Your Kids Swap Screen-time For Playtime

Need a little help prising the ipad out of your little one's fingers? Well, we might have the solution!

It’s called Compass Club by Coillte and it just might be the answer to many Irish parents’ concerns about their children’s lack of outdoor playtime. Those parental concerns are backed-up by statistics citing obesity rates soaring, children’s screen-time at an eye-squinting 45 hours a week, plus a recent report that reveals children now spend less time outdoors than prisoners! COMPETITION: Win 6 weeks of outdoor fun with Compass Club by Coillte

Compass Club is all about getting kids into the great outdoors, specifically into Coillte’s forests and woodland areas across the country. Once they’ve survived the shock of being screen-free, Compass Club will help your child bring out their Inner Adventurer through activities like shelter-building, scavenger hunts, survival skills, map-reading and yes, marshmallow-toasting! And while the kids are having fun in the forest, parents should note that all Compass Club courses are grounded in Strengths Based Education, which focuses on bringing out children’s individual strengths, helping to reach their potential and build confidence.

Plus, the imaginatively-designed courses are small in size to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need. Compass Club After School takes place one afternoon a week over 6 weeks during term-time, with courses running concurrently in Coillte forests across the country. Themed-courses with names like; Trackers, Builders, Navigators, Survivors and Makers – ensure that all tastes and preferences are catered for! And regardless of the Irish summer weather, Compass Club also run 5-day Summer Camps which are relatively small in size compared to others camps (i.e. max 16 children per Camp), which means more doing, less queuing.

Compass Club by Coillte has high hopes of encouraging a new generation of children to put aside their screens and discover a more active, energetic and healthier way to play! For more information and course details visit CompassClub.ie

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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