May 2014

Dirty Teaching – A Book Review by Sue Falch-Lovesey

31 May 2014
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Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors has finally gone to print. It will be published on June 19th. The online version will come out after that. I’d like to apologise publicly for such a string of delays. The decision to include photos and create a colourful book meant that it took longer than expected. […]

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Tree Trunk Holes

29 May 2014
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The competition is on to find the best worn tree trunk in the world. At the Nature Nurture site in the Camphill Aberdeen estate, sits one of the best examples I have seen so far (as pictured above) and this is why…

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Minibeast Hotels and Other Residences

24 May 2014
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There is something about humans which makes us not only want to adapt and change our own habitats and homes, but that of other creatures. Generally, the more natural an environment the better it is for wildlife to flourish. Given that most school grounds are highly artificial outdoor spaces, then providing artificial homes for minibeasts […]

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Log Piles – Creating a Flourishing Wildlife Community

21 May 2014
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In recent years the old-fashioned log pile has been superceded by the hip and trendy mini beast hotels in school grounds. Whilst these are a lovely form of recycling and repurposing of various materials this post is a plea to all schools to provide create lots of log piles within their grounds too.

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The Pansy Project

18 May 2014
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There is something very poignant about seeing a single flower, such as the image of a red poppy at Flander’s Field and knowing its role in Remembrance Sunday and its story associated with The Great War. Over the years, flowers have become associated with different causes. There is the Snowdrop Appeal which fundraises for units to […]

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A Number Pebble Game

13 May 2014
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Recently I was browsing Childhood 101’s blog and stumbled across this post about using Uno to play an attribute game. It reminded me of several summers of serious card playing where my sisters and I played a lot of “Black Jack” which is similar to Uno but uses a regular pack of playing cards.  Naturally […]

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101 Things For Kids To Do Outside

10 May 2014
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In this blog post I have the privilege of interviewing Dawn Isaac about her second book, 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside.  I’ve known Dawn virtually via Twitter and enjoy reading her Little Green Fingers blog. I bought Dawn’s book and liked it so much I asked if I could interview her for a […]

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Repurposing Charity Bags into Dance Resources

7 May 2014
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Do you have a growing collection of charity bags which get popped through your door each week? If you do, and you don’t have any particular plans for them, perhaps it’s time to put them to good use as outdoor dance items. 

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Fairy Gardens and Literacy

4 May 2014
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Recently I visited Westpark  Nursery in Aberdeen, which had been donated a large raised bed – the sort that is traditionally used around towns for floral displays. At first the staff and children wondered how to use it as it seemed too big and too high to be of any real use. Then a spark of […]

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