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On many of my courses, I offer a booklet of nature play ideas on different outdoor themes. These are adaptations of many of the blog posts, so click on the links below to find out more.

Linking books to nature has several aims when it comes to supporting children’s interest in books:

  1. The books can be read when children have been engaged in a particular aspect of nature. This can help children hear language used and recall the fun they have had. It makes connections between their experience and the narrative in the book, helping to foster conceptual understanding.
  2. The books can be a springboard to nature play. Some children like an idea to get them going, such as hunting for a perfect rock.
  3. The books and the play ideas can become part of a book bag that goes home. The suggestions are free and thus saves buying jigsaws and other resources that run the risk of getting lost.
  4. The ideas and books demonstrate that developing a love of books and the outdoors goes hand in hand.
  5. The books and nature play suggestions can be used as one part of the transition between nursery and school. Each theme can be used to explore a new outdoor space – I’ve added these suggestions below.

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I receive a lot of queries about outdoor nurseries, forest kindergartens and nature kindergartens in Scotland. This post lists the ones I am aware of, but please, if you know of others, then please do get in touch and tell me more.  [..read more..]

Developing your School Grounds – Useful Books

13 February 2017
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Developing your school grounds or outdoor space is one of the most satisfying ways of increasing the amount of learning and play happening outdoors. To kickstart the process, it is a good idea to seek professional advice and do some reading on the subject. This blog post is all about the books which can help […]

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Give your old tarp a mathematical makeover

21 January 2017
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Best resource of 2016

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Pokémon Go – 7 Game-changing Approaches to Learning Outside

15 January 2017
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Developing a love of local wildlife

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A Recycled Xmas Tree

8 January 2017
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New life to the old tree

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A Christmas Light Walk

1 December 2016
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The magic of Christmas begins

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The Soapwort Experiment

27 October 2016
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Natural soap – a “handy” thing!

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St Andrew’s Day – 10 Outdoor Celebrations

22 October 2016
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Celebrate Scotland’s National Day – Outside!

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The Loose Parts Play Toolkit

19 October 2016
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It’s published! Download for free!

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Masking Tape Shape Explorations

15 October 2016
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An arty approach to investigating shape

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Book Review: Vitamin N

10 October 2016
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Dip in, dip out, lots of practical suggestions

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Outdoor Weaving Inspiration

8 September 2016
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Lots of ideas – enjoy!

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Forming Letters Outdoors

30 August 2016
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How to make handwriting fun

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Frew Park Arena Playground, Brisbane – Urban Awesomeness!

24 August 2016
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No loose parts but high affordance design makes up for this!

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10 Ideas for Exploring Clouds

7 August 2016
Cloud Making

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion. This is the place to go now.”

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Messy Maths is on its way!

6 August 2016
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My next book

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10 Outdoor Tips for Starting Teaching

1 August 2016
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What you need when starting out-side

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100 Maths Sessions Outside

6 July 2016
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Well done Andrea!

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Wooden Cable Drums – Developing Physical and Literacy Skills Outside

29 June 2016
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One repurposed resource which withstands a lot of wear and tear is the cable reel or drum that is used to store electrical wires. They are very flexible pieces of outdoor “furniture” which are worth seeking out in your local area. With sanding and painting, they can end up looking rather smart. Certainly a quick […]

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An Urban Mapping Art Project

25 June 2016
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Beach ball art work

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DIY Structures in a Swedish Outdoor Nursery

22 June 2016
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What would you build for a children’s nursery outside?

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Milk Crates

14 June 2016
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Many “crate” ideas (boom-tish)!

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Empty Classroom Day – Get motivated to get outside

11 June 2016
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Friday 17th June 2016

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Outdoor Learning & Play News

7 June 2016
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Check out the monthly round up!

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Shells – 10 ideas

4 June 2016
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To find a seashell is to discover a world of imagination

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Well Dressing in Derbyshire – A Nature Art Custom

1 June 2016
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A village custom and a perfect outdoor art idea

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Rainbow Potions

23 May 2016
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Experiments never fail

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A Naturalised Outdoor Space for Babies

16 May 2016
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A lovely example from Australia.

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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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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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