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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TimberNook shared TimberNook of San Luis Obispo's video.Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 6:58am
Did you know spinning actually helps children know where their body is in space?

I often hear many people tell children to stop spinning, as they may get dizzy or hurt. However, therapists actually use spinning as a tool of knowing where their body is in relation to the world around them. It helps them to navigate their world safely.

So instead of stopping children from spinning, we need to embrace it. They'll be stronger and better balanced because of it!

* Video from TimberNook of San Luis Obispo - check out these children's faces! 🙂
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TimberNook added 5 new photos.Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 6:50am
"All this awesomeness in one half day of camp!" says Christa Thomas from TimberNook of West Georgia, a new TimberNook provider

More here:
https://www.facebook.com/timbernookwestgeorgia/
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TimberNookThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 6:41am
CAN PLAYING WITH JUNK LEAD TO CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION?

"In her yard, she collected out-of-use tractors, ladders, beds, tires, barrels, old stoves, pans, teacups, fabrics, paint, paper, straw, and more. Everything in the yard was not only a representative of, but the actual thing that was used by the adults on the Kibbutz.

Thus, the junkyard concept was born and from it an entire educational philosophy grew: Playing with Junk. To this day, throughout Israel, you can find junkyards in daycare facilities, preschools and kindergartens." - Inbal Arieli
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TimberNook added 3 new photos.Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 6:38am
"At one point today I realized that I could hear ALL the sounds of the woods, and in the background there was a quiet whisper of little ones playing and chatting and collaborating. They were discussing their plans, collecting heavy materials, being creative, problem solving, climbing, balancing, swinging, complimenting each other's work, letting loose and acting silly. This is what childhood is all about folks." - Christa Thomas of TimberNook of West Georgia

https://www.facebook.com/timbernookwestgeorgia/
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TimberNookWednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 5:53am
WHY OVER-PROTECTION HINDERS HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT

“You see, I have this three-year-old little boy that is attending preschool for the first time. The teacher just informed me that he isn’t the ‘perfect fit.’ They say he is too active and that’s a problem. Is there something wrong with him?”

"My blood boils at the notion that something is wrong with an active three-year-old boy..." - Angela Hanscom
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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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Old material that has been cut into strips and sewn back together makes for a fabulous soft, springy spiderweb to climb through - from Elder Street Early Childhood Centre (",)
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Marble run with old pvc pipes & marbles at Elder Street Early Childhood Centre (",)
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Weaving outdoors at Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School (",)
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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 NetworkFriday, August 18th, 2017 at 7:41am
Australia will celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day on September 7th, a global movement in which millions of educators, kids and parents are expected to participate. With Australian kids spending less than two hours a day outdoors, the effort is designed to demonstrate the benefits of outdoor play and learning.
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Children & Nature NetworkFriday, August 18th, 2017 at 5:52am
The magic that is nature.
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Children & Nature NetworkFriday, August 18th, 2017 at 5:36am
Great to see the news being spread about the benefits of nature for kids' health. "Children living within a quarter-mile from a convenience store in densely populated urban areas were found to have increased risk for overweight and obesity. Findings like these are part of a growing body of research exploring the link between children’s environment and their physical health as well as overall well-being." With credit to Richard Louv & #VitaminN!
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Children & Nature NetworkFriday, August 18th, 2017 at 5:12am
Don't miss the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Best Practices Webinar Series where leaders from various school garden support organizations will present best practices, case studies, and resources for supporting multiple school gardens.

Next up! Professional Development Models for Training Garden Educators -- September 12, 2017 1pm PST

Learn different approaches School Garden Support Organizations use to lead high quality professional development for garden educators. #schoolgardensunite

Hosted by: Vanessa Ford, Director of Training & Curriculum Development, REAL School Gardens
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Children & Nature NetworkThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 12:31pm
This past November, Oregon voters passed a landmark statewide funding measure. Outdoor School For All made Oregon the first state in the nation to guarantee a full week of #OutdoorSchool– hands-on, field science for all middle-schoolers statewide. This week's New Nature Movement author, Rex Burkholder of the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition, shares the secret of the success of the effort in hopes that every state will soon have their own Outdoor School.
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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 PlayThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 3:10pm
Thank you to Dripstone Children's Centre in Casuarina, Northern Territory, Australia - where their motto is "Loving Nature" - for the purchase of four Children at Nature Play signs. natureplaysign.com
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Children at Nature Play shared Wilder Child's post.Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 1:12pm
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Children at Nature Play shared Natural Start Alliance's photo.Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 5:59am
Every child has a right to spend time outside - playing, learning, being one with their environment, and being with each other.
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Children at Nature PlayThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 4:30am
From now through September 10, for every pound of clothing brought to a U.S. Columbia Sportswear store or outlet for recycling, Columbia will donate $1 to one of three charities: Children & Nature Network, American Hiking Society, or National Park Foundation. My kids and I donated a large bag of their clothes on Monday, and here my daughter drops a token in for the Children & Nature Network. 🙂
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Children at Nature PlayThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 3:59am
A blog post I wrote for Foundation Beyond Belief in 2011 has been reposted to their website - with a few little updates, such as having a second child now.
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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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Mindstretchers shared Great Western Pre School Nursery and Out of School Clubs's post.Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 10:09pm
Look at these terrific Floorbooks about plants and growth from Noah's Ark, part of Great Western Pre School Nursery and Out of School Clubs. Thank you for sharing!
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MindstretchersTuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 8:30pm
We need to be doing more to change these views. Shockingly, 44% of pupils in this study could not think of any female role models in STEM.

We need to be encouraging girls to develop a fascination in STEM in the early years, and then nurturing this interest as they grow older.

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/almost-a-third-male-teachers-think-stem-careers-are-more-boys-girls
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MindstretchersFriday, August 11th, 2017 at 9:06pm
Are you going back into your practice and looking for activities to kick start your year? A Talking Tub is the perfect way to encourage child participation in your planning process. Read some of our Talking Tub ideas on this week's blogs!

http://mindstretchers.co.uk/blog/blog.php?controller=pjLoad&action=pjActionView&id=19
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MindstretchersWednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 5:37pm
Watch our senior trainer Kate Clare Hookham discuss a few aspects of fire safety. Kate will be holding a webinar title 'How do we light and manage fires to support children’s learning?' on the 31st August 2017. More information here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-how-do-we-light-and-manage-fires-to-support-childrens-learning-tickets-34725627286
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MindstretchersMonday, August 7th, 2017 at 10:17pm
"Trying to insulate your pupils from every bump, germ or bruise won't just drive you to distraction, it will short-change those pupils as well, limiting their opportunity to fully take advantage of the freedom of childhood and to explore the world around them."

We completely agree with Amanda Spielman. We need to be encouraging children to take risks so that they can become effective risk assessors in their lives. What do you think?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40841437
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