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One of my favourite aspects of the festive season are Christmas lights. In my blog of Christmas activities, I mention the joys of going for a walk when sun goes down and the lights go on. As a child, looking at all the window displays and Christmas trees lit up in people’s homes was a special part of Christmas. It felt magical. [..read more..]

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Whilst in Hong Kong, I stayed at the Ark Eden Project. Being an environmental organisation, the focus is on living lightly. Outside the compost toilet, the hand washing facilities consisted of a small bowl of soapberries. These were used in place of soap. It reminded me that I have soapwort – Saponaria officinalis – growing in my garden as a weed. Some people know it as “Bouncing Bet”.

So one of my projects upon my return has been to finally research and use the soapwort as a natural alternative to standard soap, shampoo and detergent. It is still growing and flowering at this time of year which has been handy (forgive the pun).  [..read more..]

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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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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