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:
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/
2. Waldorf Online Research Library
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.
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.
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)
“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.”
Registered office: The Old School, Fowlis Wester, Crieff PH7 3NL, United Kingdom. Registered in Scotland: Company Registration SC183027. VAT Registration GB 789 8538 40