Whitecote Primary School

"Encourage young people to go outside and make more use of the spaces we have in and around Leeds"​

My idea:

If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds, I would encourage young people to go outside more and use the spaces we have. To achieve this, I would give each child from the age of 3-12 in full time education or nursery who lives in Leeds, a bucket list of things to do in Leeds that are low cost or no cost. This would include ideas such as going to the woods to build a den, bug collecting, playing at the park and socialising with other children and planting flowers in your garden or going to Tropical World .
Once they have achieved an activity, a parent/carer can tick it and put their signature next to it. When they have completed their bucket list, they can hand it into the school office and get a hoola-hoop or a skipping rope for free. If they would like to, they could get another bucket list to do.

How my idea will make a difference:
My idea will make a big difference and change children’s attitude about going outdoors as well as discovering new things to do in and around Leeds. It will also encourage them to use the natural spaces we already have, so that nature has a chance to thrive and then the town will stay full of life and joy. This idea of mine will benefit all children from the age of 4-12 year olds that are in full time education or nursery.

Is it a low cost/no cost idea and can children be involved in it?

My low cost idea could work better if other children in the city make posters to put on lampposts and parks. These posters would further encourage children to go outdoors. They could write “Go Outdoors!” and “Fresh air is good for your health!”. They could also draw pictures of children in the woods having a wonderful time.