Book Reviews


The Loose Parts Play Toolkit – UPDATE

19 July 2017
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Check out the Welsh version!

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Messy Maths is Published

16 July 2017
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Slam dunk! High Fives!

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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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Book Review: Vitamin N

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

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Children in Wild Nature – A Practical Guide to Nature-Based Practice

4 August 2015
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Children in Wild Nature  is a practical guide to taking children beyond the walls of the traditional outdoor space and into local greenspace. The author is Niki Buchan, who blogs at Precious Childhood. She is a well-known and highly respected trainer who has been based in Australia since 2011 and currently works for Inspired EC […]

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Early Years Books about Learning and Playing Outdoors

12 February 2015
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As the interest in learning and playing outdoors continues to grow both in the UK and internationally, an increasing number of books are being written about different aspects of this subject. In this blog post, I thought I would highlight several which I have enjoyed reading during the past year.

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Dirty Teaching Update

9 July 2014
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“We all know children need to get out more. They need more exercise, more real-life experiences, more opportunities to connect with the natural world. Their physical and mental health depend upon it, and so does their cognitive development. `Dirty Teaching` is a timely and powerful pedagogical text – inspiring, exciting, enlightening. It’s also highly accessible […]

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Dirty Teaching – The Book is Published

19 June 2014
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Today, Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors is finally published. At the weekend, a few people who were attending Tom Bedard’s Sand and Water Tables workshop, kindly showed me where they could be found reading the book…

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Dirty Teaching – A Book Review by Sue Falch-Lovesey

31 May 2014
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Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors has finally gone to print. It will be published on June 19th. The online version will come out after that. I’d like to apologise publicly for such a string of delays. The decision to include photos and create a colourful book meant that it took longer than expected. […]

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101 Things For Kids To Do Outside

10 May 2014
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In this blog post I have the privilege of interviewing Dawn Isaac about her second book, 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside.  I’ve known Dawn virtually via Twitter and enjoy reading her Little Green Fingers blog. I bought Dawn’s book and liked it so much I asked if I could interview her for a […]

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Celebrate the Wonder of Nature with a Byrd Baylor Book

18 February 2014
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One of my favourite children’s authors is Byrd Baylor. Her open-ended books make ideal springboards to many outdoor activities. They challenge the readers to investigate the statements in her stories for themselves. She writes beautifully about fostering a deep connection to the landscape which values simplicity and nature. Byrd does this in a way that children just […]

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Have you got Wild Weather?

29 March 2013
Mud Slide

Ideas for wild weather situations.

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Fed Up with Frenzy – The Blog Tour has Stopped Here!

20 October 2012
Fed Up With Frenzy

Fed Up with Frenzy? It’s a soothing book!

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Learning on your Doorstep – Ideas for Developing Writing Outdoors

17 October 2012
Learning on your Doorstep

Outdoor writing activities and a review of Learning on your Doorstep.

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Book Giveaway – Mission:Explore – Food

27 August 2012
Mission:Explore - Food

Mission:Explore – Food is definitely a guerrilla geography guide to food.

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We are the Influencers!

22 April 2012
The Star

With the power to change anything.

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Living in a Box

17 December 2011
The Star

I have a dubious theory about all the box metaphors used in eduworld and beyond.

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Nature Kindergartens by Claire Warden

14 November 2011
Nature Kindergartens

It’s about allowing children to make connections and learn through play and being in nature.

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Asphalt to Ecosystems: An Interview with Sharon Danks

23 February 2011
Asphalt to Ecosystems by Sharon Danks

Part one of an interview with Sharon Danks.

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Outdoor Books of 2010 and Ones in the Pipeline for 2011

9 January 2011
The Star

I have been keeping my beady eye on decent outdoor books for children and adults.

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Kids in the Garden – Book Review

30 March 2010
The Star

I have seen a lot of children’s gardening books in my time.

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Classroom Gems: Outdoor Learning

12 December 2009
The Star

The title, blurb and book reviews on Amazon didn’t give much away.

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