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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The ideas and books demonstrate that developing a love of books and the outdoors goes hand in hand.
- 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.