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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 search on Pinterest or on the Cosy website will reveal all sorts of uses. I saw the rather lovely layout of painted reels above when visiting Christchurch, New Zealand last year.

In this post I want to flag up the creative ways that the Stramash Fort William Outdoor Nursery has been using cable reels. Whilst rustic in their look, the play and learning value is high when their use is carefully considered. In the words of the Team Leader, Cameron Sprague, “I do have a fondness for the industrial look. In my head I want objects to appear ‘real world’. I want the children to come across objects and not take them just for what they are, but rather what they can be.  The process of creating spaces is some of the most valuable learning  I feel we have at Stramash for the children and staff.  From creating the design through mainly a trial and error process, constructing the feature, risk assessing, and finally playing with!
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This past week, if you have been in the Cruickshank Botanic Garden in Aberdeen, one of the trees – the cut leaf Norway maple – has been decorated as part of a temporary art project. [..read more..]

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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We’re Going on a Bug Hunt – Minibeast Magic

23 April 2016
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Top tips for bug hunting

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Accreditations, Award Schemes and Outdoor Learning

14 April 2016
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Is your school involved?

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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
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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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