Learn With Nature & Play

LEARNING WITH NATURE AND PLAY: Resources

 

Hello Readers! Our resource list for nature and play inspired learning is growing. If you have a favorite blog or resource you would like to share and have listed here, please send me an email with your recommendations. Thanks for your input!

Books I recommend to learn more about nature based education:


 

1. Timbernook   

TimberNook is an innovative nature-based developmental program designed to foster creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors. Founded by a pediatric occupational therapist, our camps take nature programming to the next level! We give children the right combination of space and resources to build, create, and explore nature – while nurturing child development at the same time.  http://www.timbernook.com/

TimberNook

TimberNook was founded by Angela Hanscom, pediatric occupational therapist – in an effort to bring creative and developmentally appropriate nature programming to children all over the world. Our belief is that if a child is given the chance to explore and create in an unhurried and nurturing environment, they will learn to think creatively and openly. TimberNook does this by intricately weaving the therapeutic aspects of nature with its unique understanding of child development to create the ultimate camp experience.
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TimberNookFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 7:08am
Angela Hanscom will be presenting at The Occupational Therapy Association of California in Sacramento this Sunday, October 22nd on the importance of UNRESTRICTED outdoor play! TimberNook will also have a booth at the conference. Hope to see some of you there!

Angela will be in Ontario, Canada next week at two early childhood conferences. For other upcoming speaking engagements, please take a look here:

http://www.timbernook.com/2017/speaking-engagements.html
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TimberNookFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 3:09am
Prisoners are given TWO hours each day of outdoor time. In this video, they state how the prisoners "live" for this time!

"Cutting the offenders outside time to only an hour a day is potentially disastrous." - A Prison Guard

Yet, studies indicate children only get one hour of outdoor play a day. The prisoners in this video were shocked by this!
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TimberNookThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 5:30am
"See mama in the background? She's watching from a safe distance but paying close attention. That space lets her tiny one know she trusts her as a capable, unique, evolving individual. It’s the most valuable support we can give them.

Step back, but tune in." - Debbie Jaffe of TimberNook of San Luis Obispo

See more here:
https://www.facebook.com/TimberNook-of-San-Luis-Obispo-939767259426398/
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TimberNookThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 5:00am
FABRIC AS A LOOSE PART FOR OUTDOOR PLAY

"As far as sizes, I like a variety--smaller sizes can be helpful and we also love larger sizes! The sky is the limit! I usually store fabrics in a large crate that can easily be transported, though I've seen some hanging from hooks other places." - Dr. Carla Gull
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TimberNookWednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 4:45am
WHAT CHILDREN NEED MOST IS ADULTS THAT UNDERSTAND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

"Children just naturally want to explore, spin, pretend, run, pour, skip, create, imagine, pound, throw, squish, hop, sing, and figure out the world. They are doing exactly what their growing brain needs. Understanding adults just need to provide pleanty of wonderful opportunities for this to occur, then not get in the way and provide caring support when needed. It really isn't complicated is it?" - Deborah McNelis
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2. Waldorf Online Research Library 

About The Online Waldorf Library

“This site has been created to provide useful information in English for Waldorf teachers, parents, home schoolers, and anyone interested in Waldorf education. Our aim is to make visible all the available book resources on Waldorf education that are currently in print and where to purchase these. Also included are an ever increasing number of eBooks in pdf format that can be downloaded to your PC or electronic reading devices.”

http://www.waldorflibrary.org

3. Let The Children Play

Let the Children Play celebrates the importance of play in the lives and education of our children by sharing my own experiences in a play-based preschool and providing inspiration, tips and information to help parents and teachers alike put the play back into childhood.

http://www.letthechildrenplay.net/

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Marble run with old pvc pipes & marbles at Elder Street Early Childhood Centre (",)
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4. Children And Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The Network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.

The C&NN news service and portal, childrenandnature.org, offers parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers access to the latest news and research in this field as well as practical advice, including ways to apply new-found knowledge at home, at school, in work environments, and in the community. The Network also engages a diverse community of institutes, organizations and industries by providing a forum for publishing and presenting research, reports and case studies on children’s health and nature, and related program-development strategies and support.

For additional information contact C&NN’s executive assistant Robyn Bjornsson.

http://www.childrenandnature.org/

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Children & Nature NetworkSaturday, October 21st, 2017 at 3:54am
Robbie Bond is an eloquent, friendly, and passionate conservationist who founded a nonprofit in order to advocate for the preservation of national monuments and parks. He’s also 9 years old. Through his organization, Kids Speak for Parks, he and his parents cultivate national park and monument awareness, and promote education and advocacy by sharing their own travels to these landmarks and connecting nature-lovers of all ages online.
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Children & Nature NetworkSaturday, October 21st, 2017 at 1:41am
According to a report released by the Australian Sporting Commission (ASC), half of the kids in year six in Australian schools haven’t mastered fundamental movement skills, such as throwing, kicking or leaping. The report also demonstrates that four out of five children do not meet the recommendation of one hour of physical activity per day, and many are exceeding sedentary behavior recommendations due too much time on screens.
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Children & Nature Network shared Latino Outdoors's photo.Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 4:29am
Great interview from Latino Outdoors with Jessica Gonzalez, a National Park Service program director in New York.
http://latinooutdoors.org/tag/latino-outdoors-new-york/
#HispanicHeritageMonth
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Children & Nature NetworkFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 4:03am
A Beautiful message for our children-- and for us.
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Children & Nature NetworkFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 2:37am
A research trial at seven schools in Glasgow, Scotland found that students who were encouraged to create their own games during outdoor free play time were more physically active when compared to time spent in a traditional PE class. The intervention, now a 10-week program, is being rolled out across 118 schools in Glasgow.
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5. Slow Children At Nature Play

“In 2011 I came up with the idea of having a street sign that promoted getting children outside and exploring nature that was similar to the signs that ask drivers to slow down because children are playing. “Nature play” is a common phrase in the children and nature movement. When I saw a “Slow: Children at Play” sign in my own neighborhood in Portland, OR, in my mind I inserted “Nature” into and imagined the silhouette of a kid doing something in nature rather than a team sport or something else like that. I contacted a graphic designer friend of mine (David Orr,http://www.davidorogenic.com/), and he designed the image of a young boy holding a salamander that is on the sign.”

Blog about connecting kids to nature (especially my own) in the Portland region:
http://exploreportlandnature.wordpress.com/ (on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Exploring-Portlands-Natural-Areas/157888224273039)

Children at Nature Play

In 2011 I came up with the idea of having a street sign that promoted getting children outside and exploring nature that was similar to the signs that ask drivers to slow down because children are playing. "Nature play" is a common phrase in the children and nature movement. When I saw a "Slow: Children at Play" sign in my own neighborhood in Portland, OR, in my mind I inserted "Nature" into and imagined the silhouette of a kid doing something in nature rather than a team sport or something else like that. I contacted a graphic designer friend of mine (David Orr, http://www.davidorogenic.com/), and he designed the image of a young boy holding a salamander that is on the sign. Please note that links to books in our posts may be affiliate links, whereby we receive a small fee for linking directly to the book's Amazon listing. I blog about connecting kids to nature (especially my own) in the Portland region: http://exploreportlandnature.wordpress.com/ (on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Exploring-Portlands-Natural-Areas/157888224273039)
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Children at Nature Play shared Wilder Child's post.Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 3:46pm
Let it be...
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Children at Nature PlayFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 3:40am
"Is this the most elaborate children's playground EVER?" Check out this new park in Sydney, Australia... (Centennial Parklands)
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New $4m park features a treehouse, bamboo forests, and 12,000 trees
dailymail.co.uk
The Ian Potter Wild Play Garden at Centennial Park opened in Sydney on Wednesday. It also features a water play area, giant fig trees to climb, and 10m-long tunnels.
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Children at Nature Play shared Extremely Good Parenting's post.Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 1:47pm
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Children at Nature Play shared KidActive's post.Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 12:43pm
Anyone in Ottawa? Showing of the film NaturePlay tomorrow!
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Children at Nature PlayThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 5:32am
Raising awareness about children and nature, one sign at a time: natureplaysign.com
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6. Mindstretchers

“Mindstretchers is a dynamic company, made up of an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people who feel that all children are entitled to learn in a multi sensory and naturally creative environment. The company started life as an educational consultancy. The underlying philosophy has been developed by Claire Warden, whose previous experiences have included teaching, advisory work and lecturing and who is now also in demand as a speaker internationally. There are a great many routes to one place and everyone involved in Mindstretchers has followed a different one so team members have many different and varied specialties and strengths. We all work together as a team to provide a range of exciting outdoor experiences for children and adults in our tipis and geodomes as well as providing training and facilitation on all aspects of early years practice. We design and produce our own range of resources to motivate and inspire children and adults to learn. Our resources are based on fair trade and environmentally friendly ethics. Above all we hope to share a positive attitude and enthusiasm for experiential learning. Talk to us, tell us what you think, and if you are looking for something special we may be able to help.”

Mindstretchers Ltd
Registered office: The Old School, Fowlis Wester, Crieff  PH7 3NL, United Kingdom. 
Registered in Scotland: Company Registration SC183027. VAT Registration GB 789 8538 40

Mindstretchers

Mindstretchers is a dynamic company of people dedicated to providing children with multi-sensory and real-world educational environments through training and consultancy, educational products, nature kindergartens and charitable endeavours. Founder and CEO, Claire Warden, formerly a school teacher and lecturer in Primary Education at Strathclyde University, developed the underlying philosophy of re-connecting children to nature. Claire is also a published author and an internationally acclaimed speaker on matters of early childhood development.
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MindstretchersFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 8:27pm
Four teachers get off a train... and what happens next? Our latest guest blog by Tony McNicoll from Tree of Knowledge reminds us that by stopping, listening and learning we can have much better experiences in life. Learn more through this compelling blog:
http://www.mindstretchers.co.uk/blog/blog.php?controller=pjLoad&action=pjActionView&id=32
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MindstretchersThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 11:37pm
"Students are more focussed and less fidgety when they return to class after the breaks, she said. 'Kids love the fact that they can get out and have a bit of a run,' Ms Randle said."

Terrific article, what are your views?

http://amp.smh.com.au/victoria/ready-to-go-school-keeps-kids-switched-on-by-ending-each-hour-with-finnish-break-20171017-gz2dkd.html
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MindstretchersWednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 10:13pm
"Restorative justice, like many things at school, is something learned and requires practice."

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/exclusions-are-not-scary-and-most-cases-they-are-ineffective-a
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MindstretchersMonday, October 16th, 2017 at 11:20pm
Not long to go until our upcoming webinar Floorbooks Live! How do you start a Floorbook? When? Where? Why?!

Join Claire Helen Warden for an hour long session investigating the Floorbooks Approach to better your own observation, documentation and planning processes. Improve your own use of Floorbooks and have your questions answered by Claire.

Thursday 26th October 2017, 10am-11am BST / 7pm-8pm AEST / 5am-6am EDT. £15.00 incl. VAT per person.

Please note that by booking onto the webinar you will automatically be sent a recording to watch for up to 4 weeks. Even if you cannot attend the live session you can access the learning!

If you have any questions you would like Claire to answer comment below!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-floorbook-live-step-by-step-creation-of-a-floorbook-tickets-37272245289
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MindstretchersThursday, October 12th, 2017 at 9:26pm
Brand new Forest School Training Dates for 2018! Following on from the success of our October Forest School training we have opened bookings for 2018. Join our senior trainer Kate Clare Hookham to learn about Forest School. Boost your practical skills and learn how to begin implementing Forest School in your practice.

Forest School Leader Level 3, £850 excl. VAT
1st - 3rd Feb 2018 & 7th - 8th September 2018,
1st - 5th October 2018.
Booking and information: http://bit.ly/2hDdJeU

Forest School Assistant Level 2, £450 excl. VAT
1st - 3rd Feb 2018,
1st - 3rd October 2018.
Booking and information: http://bit.ly/2wPwNNt

Photo from the October Level 3 Forest School 2017, featuring a large pot of soup!
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