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.
TimberNook
TimberNookWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 3:53am
CAN WE PLEASE BRING BACK "PLAY" IN KINDERGARTEN?

"Picture this, if you will: a kindergarten classroom circa 1977.

Pure, uninterrupted, unrestricted, unmediated, (mostly) unsupervised free play. That was my kindergarten experience.

We hung out in the play kitchen and art center, and spent hours at recess making up games instead of being told what and how to play on the playground. We played with water and sand tables, rummaged through the dress-up closet, stacked giant wooden blocks to the ceiling and back, and endlessly used our imaginations to ignite social interactions and supplement the curriculum." - Melissa Fenton
TimberNook
TimberNookTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 4:46am
THE 5 BEST TOYS OF ALL TIME

"Here at Geekdad we review a lot of products — books, toys, gadgets, software — and I know it's impossible for most parents to actually afford all of the cool stuff that gets written up. Heck, most of us can't afford it either, and we're envious of the person who scored a review copy of a cool board game or awesome gizmo.

So to help you out, I've worked really hard to narrow down this list to five items that no kid should be without." - Johnathon Liu
TimberNook
TimberNookSaturday, December 9th, 2017 at 6:38am
EXTREME backyard sledding! How FUN!
TimberNook
Extreme backyard sledding.
Start on a 10' high mound down a 75' run into a 8' tall banking turn down to another hill with a slight banking slope. It's a blast! Great way to get the kid...
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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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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/

Children & Nature Network
Children & Nature NetworkWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 4:20am
"We know how privileged we are. Not every family can afford such an adventure. This is why we support the children and nature movement, which is bringing down the barriers that divide so many families from the natural world: Every child, no matter their background, has a right to such memories, whether they’re made in the Last Frontier or in urban Nearby Nature." - MJ LeBlanc, Co-founder of C&NN (and dad to #naturegirl 🙂
Children & Nature Network
Children & Nature NetworkWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 1:16am
The National League of Cities and Children & Nature Network are pleased to announce an RFA for city governments interested in technical assistance, with pass-through funds, to connect children to nature more equitably.

We encourage interested cities to attend an informational webinar:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 3-4pm ET
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 1-2pm ET
Children & Nature Network
Children & Nature Network shared Children at Nature Play's post.Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 12:55pm
Can't wait to see these Children at Nature Play!

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)
Children at Nature Play
Children at Nature Play shared Children & Nature Network's post.Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 6:06pm
Children at Nature Play
Children at Nature Play added a new photo.Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 6:41am
At a residence in Wisconsin (photo: Victoria Rydberg-Nania)
Children at Nature Play
Children at Nature PlayMonday, December 11th, 2017 at 2:13pm
Did you get outside this weekend? Show us your #childrenatnatureplay?

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.
Mindstretchers
MindstretchersWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 4:48am
"Lily is learning to count with carrots they’ve dug up from the garden, squishing blackberries between her fingers and painting with them, and taking tractor rides down to the stream to learn about things that float or sink. Her speech has improved, her confidence has increased no end, she is more grounded, has more patience, sleeps better, eats better and is interested in what she’s eating too.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/can-return-wet-play-stop-kids-obsession-screens/
Mindstretchers
MindstretchersTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 9:30pm
Outdoor Activity Advent Calendar Day 12: Create your own paint.

The children at Auchlone love to paint, and they love to create their own paint even more! Part of the fun of painting is encouraging children to create their own colours out of the materials they find. Our most common colours are:

Black - made from charcoal
Brown - made from mixing mud with water
Green - made from grass and leaves
Yellow - made from small flowers and weeds

Here is a great blog to give you some ideas for the different paints you can create: https://artful-kids.com/blog/2010/09/08/experimenting-with-natural-paints/

What do you use to make paint in your practice?
Mindstretchers
MindstretchersTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 12:01am
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