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Recently I saw a blog post about creating natural watercolour paint from fresh flowers. With lots of flowers appearing now spring is here, I thought it would be a timely opportunity to have a go at this myself – a practice run before trialling on a group of children.  [..read more..]

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Whilst there is a trend towards naturalising outdoor spaces, as a general rule, there are less good examples around that have been developed for babies.

Ideally, outdoor play spaces work best when children can choose which part of an outdoor space to play and are not confined by age. What matters is that there are a variety of different inviting zones and some of these are areas where children who want or need a calmer place to play can go, including babies.

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Look at this lovely hiding space behind the tree – just right for a baby to find and clamber into.

At the Kookaburra Korner Early Education Centre, the outdoor space underwent a complete redesign by Inspired EC last year. The soft play surface that covered all the ground (wall-to-fence wet pour rubber) has been replaced with an attractive naturalised play space. The children have much more freedom to move between the former play zones. To facilitate this, all the fencing has peekaboo holes at different heights and shapes – as you can see in the photo below.  This enables children to see through to other areas and thus adds to the invitations to play! The Wombat area featured in this blog post was designed with babies in mind – enjoy the photo fest… [..read more..]

10 Maths Challenges that use Cones

12 May 2016
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What would you do with a cone?

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Dandelion Play – 10 Ideas

8 May 2016
Dandelions

Recipes, games, challenges galore!

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Outdoor Learning & Play News

6 May 2016
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Check out the monthly round up!

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15 Minibeast Outdoor Maths Challenges

5 May 2016
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Lots of beastly ideas for different ages

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Stick Insect Symmetry

1 May 2016
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Maths-made insects based on word play.

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8 Easy Minibeast Habitats Young Children Can Make

28 April 2016
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Giving little creatures a home!

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Slide Mountain – Where Geology Meets Play

2 April 2016
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A must visit for kids in Madrid

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A Night at the Movies

26 March 2016

The “must-watch” outdoor movies

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Cramond Primary School: A Play Landscape

19 March 2016
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An embankment of play possibilities

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Congratulations Middleton Park Primary School

15 March 2016
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Outdoor learning = attainment & enrichment

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A Magical Maths Moment

1 March 2016
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How one thing led to another

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The Sand Dog Sculpture – Update on Fake Claims

26 February 2016
Sand Dog

What would you create with a bag of sand?

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What Makes a Brilliant Mud Kitchen?

24 February 2016
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A mud kitchen PhD thesis – no kidding

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Human Silhouette Murals

19 February 2016
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Shadow make murals

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Valentine’s Day: Love Your Grounds & Green Your Heart

9 February 2016
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Find out children’s thoughts about their playspaces

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A Red Rose Hunt for Valentine’s Day

3 February 2016
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A love-ly idea

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Must a triangle always have straight sides?

31 January 2016
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A geometric investigation

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Sobel’s Nature Design Principles in Action

25 January 2016
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Time to observe your children at play

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Leaf Fraction Walls

20 January 2016
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Take an idea and adapt it.

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The Bird Blog Collection

16 January 2016
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Useful for any bird project.

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Introducing Sammy the 1-metre Rope Snake

12 January 2016
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Every educator’s mathematical friend

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A Fantasy Nature Character for Scotland – Can You Help?

6 January 2016
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Happy New Year Everyone I’m opening 2016 with a request for help from any Scottish teacher, early years practitioner, support assistant or adult who works with children. Back in August 2015 there was a Skogsmulle Awareness Conference. This is the next step, building on the thoughts and opinions of the participants – to begin to […]

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Another Place in 2016

2 January 2016
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Being uprooted brings its challenges

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A Simple CZ Marina Mural

28 December 2015
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Who says murals have to be complex.

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A Visit to Bennachie

11 December 2015
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I recently accompanied my daughter’s Primary 2/3 class on a trip to Bennachie, a Forestry Commission Scotland forest just outside Inverurie. It was such a rewarding experience to see how much the children enjoyed themselves and to hear comments like “That was the best day ever” on our journey back to the school. The trip […]

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The Classroom is Too Small

5 December 2015
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Who’s got the better deal. Chimps or children?

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Outdoor Nurseries, Forest and Nature Kindergartens in Scotland

24 November 2015
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A list of Scottish pre-school establishments

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Dunblane Nature Kindergarten – A transformation from traditional to nature-based practice

20 November 2015
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Fantastic example of positive impact of nature-based practice.

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Uffington White Horse – Inspiration for Chalk Figures

14 November 2015
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A visit to this chalkscape inspires a child

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Tree Identification Scavenger Hunt

1 November 2015
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A change from the norm… check out the size of one leaf!

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Halloween – 10 Fearsomely Good Outdoor Ideas

28 October 2015
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Are you too scared to read this ?

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Bosque de Trepa, Madrid – Not a High Ropes Course!

24 October 2015
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A challenging rope playground!

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When did you last yarn bomb your school?

19 October 2015
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There is nothing like a bit of bright textile to decorate an outdoor space. At Inverallochy School one of the more recent projects is to allow children to yarn bomb the school grounds.

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Rewilding – Why the wolf in sheep’s clothing?

10 October 2015
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Do you know what rewilding means?

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Love Locks and School Leaver Locks

7 October 2015
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A leaver’s legacy from a school visit to Paris

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Fish Net Art

1 October 2015
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Robust outdoor art which can withstand all weathers

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