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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...
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...
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...
What to Wear for Outdoor Winter Play

What to Wear for Outdoor Winter Play

Having the right clothing is essential for having an enjoyable time playing outdoors in the winter. When we are warm, we are happy and able to stay outdoors for longer and make the most of what mother nature has to offer. There are so many benefits for getting...
Should Children Play Outside when it Rains?

Should Children Play Outside when it Rains?

Rain, rain go away, come again another day! Do you remember singing that as a child? Maybe I am showing my age, but I use to love singing that while playing in the rain. Yet so often I hear people say ‘it’s too wet to go outside’. There’s this great saying; ‘I have...

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