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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. When I think back to my childhood, I can remember some of my own play experiences and the loose parts scattered...
Schema and Children’s Play

Schema and Children’s Play

Schema is the technical term for play urges. You know, those times when you ask a young child to stop jumping on the couch, they look you in the eye, but the urge to jump is so great that they keep on jumping…they just can’t help themselves. Or maybe you have gone for...
The Importance of Risky Play

The Importance of Risky Play

Risky play is a natural element of human development and is essential for a child’s overall development and wellbeing. It is a key part in the fabric of a well-rounded childhood. Taking risks is innate, it comes from within us all. We are born with it, and children...
Resilience: What Coming Last Taught Me

Resilience: What Coming Last Taught Me

A running race has nothing to do with nature play. Nature play isn’t just about playing in nature. It is about preparing us mentally to navigate the world before us. This is a story on mindset, resilience and courage. Come join me… At the start line I was already...
The Benefits of Nature Play

The Benefits of Nature Play

When I ask people what their fondest play memories were from their childhood, often it’s some type of play in nature. Memories of hut building, mud pies, tree climbing and dams across the stream were some of my favourites and seem to be common themes for many I speak...
Nature Education: Where do I Start

Nature Education: Where do I Start

Nature Education: Where Do I Start?   Starting to run nature based programmes (aka bush kindy, bush school, nature kindy, explorer sessions, forest school) can feel both exciting and daunting.  There can be challenges that you didn’t anticipate, you might...

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