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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TimberNookThursday, June 29th, 2017 at 1:26pm
Did you know that playing outdoors is great cross-training for children?

The best "exercise" children can get is climbing boulders, wading through mud, scaling trees, playing tag, racing down hills, jogging back up again, and building forts, dams, and more.

In an age, where children often get overuse injuries from playing one sport over and over again - outdoor play can provide the strength training and endurance they need to remain strong and capable.

(Picture via TimberNook Orlando)
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TimberNook added 5 new photos.Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 1:09pm
DAY 2 - Launch of TimberNook Long Island

https://www.facebook.com/timbernooklongisland/
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TimberNook shared NH Chronicle's video.Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 2:44pm
TimberNook on NH Chronicle tonight!
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Charming, comfortable and rich in history, tonight we check into two inns that treat guests like they're part of the family. Inn By The Bandstand / The Hancock Inn and Fox Tavern Watch this preview and then tune in at 7:00. Plus, kids get down and dirty at TimberNook Camp! How playing in the mud can help child development. http://bit.ly/2th6iBI
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TimberNook added 7 new photos.Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 2:40pm
DAY 1 - Launch of TimberNook Long Island

https://www.facebook.com/timbernooklongisland/
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TimberNookTuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 11:33pm
"Be the one who opens the door and leads the babies and children outdoors"
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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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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 NetworkThursday, June 29th, 2017 at 8:51am
During a time of tragedy, a community and nature come together to light a beacon of hope in New Zealand. Woodland Escape

http://www.childrenandnature.org/2017/05/03/the-healing-power-of-nature-when-community-and-nature-come-together-in-the-face-of-tragedy/
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Children & Nature NetworkThursday, June 29th, 2017 at 6:46am
There is growing interest in #udeskole as, among other things, a way of reconnecting children with nearby nature largely in the local and natural environment around schools. In Denmark, politicians support this practice and researchers are investigating its horizons. Around the world, many have asked why it has come to be this way in Denmark.
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Children & Nature NetworkThursday, June 29th, 2017 at 2:48am
Good Morning America highlights getting kids off of technology and into the outdoors in honor of Great Outdoors Month this June. Of course every month is a GREAT outdoors month, but it's awesome to have extra awareness and lots of new creative programs and events to get kids outdoors! #GetOutdoors
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Video: Kids give technology a break and get out into the great outdoors
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June is National Great Outdoors month, and it's been proven that kids gain confidence from being outside.
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Children & Nature NetworkThursday, June 29th, 2017 at 2:34am
Join over 20 School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region.

School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 21-26, 2018 • Santa Cruz, CA

Lodging expenses for each team will be covered. Travel scholarships available.

Apply by July 31st at www.lifelab.org/sgso
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Children & Nature NetworkWednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 11:45pm
The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is investing $500 million to reinvigorate its parks, libraries, playgrounds and recreation centers, and spread opportunity into all corners of the city. The program, called “Rebuild,” is paid for in part by a new tax on sugar-laden drinks. Philadelphia is the first big city to pass such a “soda tax” bill.

http://www.childrenandnature.org/2017/06/22/philadelphias-campaign-to-reinvigorate-parks-and-playgrounds-in-all-the-city/
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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)

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. 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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Slow: Children at Nature Play shared National Geographic's post.Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 5:02am
One down (Redwood National and State Parks (NPS) & one to go (Yellowstone National Park) on our big summer trip!
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Slow: Children at Nature Play at Glass Beach.Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 4:31am
Mom snapped this shot of our youngest at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, CA at sunset.
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Slow: Children at Nature PlayWednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 9:42am
Recent children and nature news from the Children & Nature Network:
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Slow: Children at Nature Play at Lady Bird Johnson Trail.Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 12:19pm
We had so much fun exploring around the Redwood National and State Parks (NPS). So beautiful and wondrous! #childrenatnatureplay (been without internet for a few days!)
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Slow: Children at Nature Play shared Natural Start Alliance's post.Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 3:03am
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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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MindstretchersThursday, June 29th, 2017 at 8:00pm
Happy International Mud day! Mud really is a great learning resource which can provide some magical experiences for children.
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MindstretchersWednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 9:20pm
The report "also warns that it would take 40 years, at current rates, to close the attainment gap at age 5."

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/no-prospect-gcse-gap-between-rich-and-poor-closing-warns-damning
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MindstretchersWednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 1:17am
Do you want to join our team and work at the award winning Auchlone Nature Kindergarten? We are currently looking to hire a Nursery Manager/Lead Practitioner. We are looking for a friendly and approachable person who is passionate about nature-based education. Minimum requirements SVQ Level 4 or working towards a BA degree.

Visit the website to download the full job specification and application pack: http://www.mindstretchers.co.uk/auchlone/index.html
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Mindstretchers shared Laura Henry Consultancy's post.Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 2:41am
Call for action and please share!

Colleagues to continue to donate to the Grenfell Crèche (which currently do not have a permanent base), Crowd Fund. If any setting/school is taking part in the #GreenforGrenfell day tomorrow, if they could donate to Grenfell Crèche, Crowd funding page
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/grenfell-early-years

We are also going to create a Database, so colleagues who have kindly offered to give practical and physical help.
If they could email: admin@LauraHenryConsultancy.Com

A range of skills are needed: play therapy, group activities, generic, practitioners, educators and teachers, well-being, trauma, welfare, Counseling, etc

Please fill in
Their Name:
Occupation:
Expertise:, i.e., supplier, educator, entertainer and anything else
Donations: Please list
Offer: What specifically can they offer
Availability, including weekends and evening:
Do they have a current DBS:
Email:
Preferred contact number:
My team and I will collate this information.
The community are very grateful for every offer of help.
Thanks in advance,
Laura
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MindstretchersThursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 12:37am
There's still time to join Claire Warden's talking tub webinar!

The webinar is at 10am (GMT+1) and costs £15 per person. If you cannot attend the live session you will automatically be sent a recording within 24 hours of it finishing.

For more information and booking visit: http://www.mindstretchers.co.uk/training/webinars.html
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