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Loose Parts and Outdoor Play

Loose Parts and Outdoor Play

Loose parts are an essential element in any play setting creating opportunities for children’s creativity, problem-solving and cognitive development. Find out what loose parts are, the benefits of loose parts and how to start with loose parts. You will also uncover some tips around the role of the teacher in outdoor loose parts play.

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Schema and Children’s Play

Schema and Children’s Play

Schema or play urges are often described as repeated patterns of behaviour.  By repeating actions over and over, just like with the examples above, children are gathering information of that particular play urge, to store in their brain.

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The Benefits of Nature Play

The Benefits of Nature Play

There are so many benefits of nature play yet so often we are not prioritising this kind of play in our centres, our schools. By sharing some of the benefits, we hope to inspire you to get outdoors more and have the confidence to make it happen for your children or the children you work with.

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Is This Your Year To Embrace Nature Play?

Is This Your Year To Embrace Nature Play?

Is This Your Year To Embrace Nature Play? In today’s tech-focused world, it’s easy to take our natural surroundings for granted.  Our tamariki grow up exploring virtual environments more than natural ones. And while the digital age has a lot to offer, these changes...

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Having a Nature Mindset

Having a Nature Mindset

I often hear the words yes, but…when talking with educators about setting up regular nature excursions or a nature programme in their school.

While I can definitely see the challenges and I get to hear first-hand from many teachers around NZ about their problems, they are just that. Problems. Ready to be solved.

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5 Tips on Using the Outdoor Classroom

5 Tips on Using the Outdoor Classroom

The outdoor classroom is an under-utilised space, full of incredible natural potential. It is a great place for learning and it supports the overall development of children alongside dispositions and key competencies that help them succeed in life. So why is it not...

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5 Top Tips for Teaching in Nature

5 Top Tips for Teaching in Nature

One of my early memories of teaching in nature was when I was working over at a YMCA camp on the Banks Peninsula in 1999. We were down at the beach and I was meant to be running an activity called coasteering. But the children were having so much fun making...

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The NZ Makeover of Nature Education

The NZ Makeover of Nature Education

New Zealand has a very unique natural environment. We are also a country that has some deep values linked to our outdoor environment. Even though over the last couple of decades that has changed somewhat – It is still deep within our psyche. What surprises me is that...

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Tree Climbing and Health and Safety

Tree Climbing and Health and Safety

This is my first attempt at dissecting the Health and Safety Act. There is so much to digest so if you think I have got anything wrong or that I haven't considered something that is relevant, please let me know and I will happily update once researched further. I also...

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Natural Phenomena Experience

Natural Phenomena Experience

It's hard to know where to start when describing a conference as amazing as the Natural Phenomena 2017. The conference is set in the Wild Woods near Whangarei where most participants pitch their tent and have a full immersion experience of nature and education of 3...

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