Community Involvement

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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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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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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Accreditations, Award Schemes and Outdoor Learning

14 April 2016
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Is your school involved?

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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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Halloween – 10 Fearsomely Good Outdoor Ideas

28 October 2015
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Are you too scared to read this ?

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Fish Net Art

1 October 2015
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Robust outdoor art which can withstand all weathers

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Citizen Science – Get your class involved via OPAL

21 August 2015
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Last year, as part of the Wee Green Spaces training project in Aberdeen City for Early Years staff, one of the local OPAL scientists, KeithMarshall, ran a practical session showing participants how to use the materials and conduct simple data collection surveys with children. It is very satisfying for classes of any age to be […]

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Save the Children’s Wood in Glasgow

26 July 2015
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Please help save this urban greenspace

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Repurpose school books into seed packets

11 March 2015
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There are many books especially textbooks and non-fiction books which are simply no longer fit for purpose. Some charities, such as Books Abroad, will take unwanted educational texts, but their criteria needs to be checked and only specific books can be donated. Recently I met Bridgette Watts, who is an active member of the volunteer organisation Urban […]

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Macquarie Lake Variety Playground – The Oz Blogfest Begins

27 February 2015
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It is hard to believe that I’ve been in Australia over a week. For those of you who don’t know, I’m spending the next couple of months working and travelling, doing training, talks and workshops on behalf of Inspired EC, an early years consultancy. You can find my programme here and I can take on extra […]

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The Hobbit House at Highway Farm

8 February 2015
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When I visited Highway Farm in October, the Hobbit House immediately grabbed my attention. It is a beautiful, bespoke structure. Naturally I had to find out the story behind its existence. At Highway Farm Activity Centre – where there is an out of school club and an outdoor nursery, children are active participants in decision-making […]

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From the ‘Hood to the Wood – Brother Yusuf Burgess

10 December 2014
The Star

“Start where they stand”.

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Thank You Cornwall

14 October 2014
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Recently I took the opportunity to have a professional learning week in Cornwall. By this, I mean that I made time to meet people and visit organisations which I would not normally have time to do. I learned more about their work with children outdoors and we shared experiences. The idea is really very similar to […]

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Autumn Memory Mobile

12 October 2014

Recently I was visiting the The Lost Gardens of Heligan. In the entrance, was the beautiful hanging decoration. Upon closer inspection, it contained a range of autumn finds:

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Surfers Against Sewage: Autumn Beach Clean

4 October 2014
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Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is “an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.” From 17-19 October, this organisation is asking for your help. If you live near a beach or use a beach, you can get involved in […]

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The Biblical Garden

11 August 2014
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A couple of months ago, I was passing through Elgin and took the opportunity to visit the Biblical Garden, which is the only one of its kind in Scotland. Having never visited before, I was rather intrigued to find out more.  They are known for housing some or all of the plants mentioned in the Bible. […]

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Love Trees, Love Wood

15 July 2014

Love Trees, Love Wood is a summer campaign to raise awareness of and support the development of Forest Schools within the UK. The Forest School Association (FSA) have joined forces with the Sylva Foundation to do a joint crowd-sourcing fundraising campaign. Forest School trainer, Aline Hill explains… “The campaign aims to extend quality Forest School provision for children, particularly in urban areas, […]

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The Bike Track in School Grounds

26 June 2014
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I love stumbling across features in school grounds which make me drool. The dirt bike track at Muirfield Primary School in Aberdeen is one of them.  It is cool…

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UN World Environment Day – A Child’s Right to a Better World

5 June 2014
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Recently, I was presenting at a Kirklees Council conference, I’m a Kid, Get Me Out of Here, which was based at Cliffe House. This council-run outdoor centre is a wonderful place. Aside from a beautiful location, really quirky dormitories with decent beds and good food, I particularly liked the displays and attention to detail throughout the […]

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The Pansy Project

18 May 2014
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There is something very poignant about seeing a single flower, such as the image of a red poppy at Flander’s Field and knowing its role in Remembrance Sunday and its story associated with The Great War. Over the years, flowers have become associated with different causes. There is the Snowdrop Appeal which fundraises for units to […]

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The Clootie Tree

19 April 2014
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Recently I visited the Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery and World Centre for Peace and Health. Whilst walking around the Peace Garden, I came across the Clootie Tree. It was impossible to ignore such was the blaze of colour and vibrancy even on that dull, overcast day.

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Permanent Shelters in School Grounds

15 February 2014
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A decision not to be rushed. Consider all options.

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The Art of Woodland Play

20 October 2013
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A playful forest walk

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A Wonderful Wildlife Garden

8 October 2013
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Great ideas from the RSPB

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Best in the Show

6 August 2013
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Outdoor ideas abound from the Turriff Show

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Do teenagers need places to play?

25 June 2013
Do teenagers need places to play?

What do you think?

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10 Ideas for Mud Play

4 June 2013
International Mud Day

29th June is International Mud Day…enjoy the mudfest with these ideas to celebrate mud!

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Park Benches and Staring at Screens

21 May 2013
London Parks

London parks are oases of calm and contemplation amidst the busy background hum of traffic and other ongoing noise.

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Free Play Adventures at Broxburn OOSC

16 April 2013
Balancing

This was my introduction to Broxburn Family Centre’s Out of School Care.

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Natural Elements in Playgrounds

4 April 2013
Out on a limb

This is a guest blog post by Frode Svane, an architect and a pedagog.

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Does Money Grow on Trees?

23 March 2013

If this arises as a topic of conversation, little children may wish to see if they can find ways of making a money tree.

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Keeping Parents Informed About Outdoor Learning

2 March 2013
Operation Eco Allochy

How do you communicate with parents about your outdoor learning initiatives?

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10 Reasons Why Teachers Like Learning Outdoors in Scotland

16 February 2013

What is your experience of learning outdoors?

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The Potential of a New Year

30 December 2012
The Star

We all bear some responsibility for the state of the planet.

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The Bunk Shack – Palettes in their Place!

28 November 2012
Bunk Shack

Small outdoor spaces inspired by local history.

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The Inside-Out Woolly Tree

25 November 2012
Woolly Tree

Guerilla knitters and yarn bombing.

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The Glamis Monster

3 November 2012
Glamis Monster

One of the most impressive low level features at Glamis Adventure Playground is the monster.

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After the Storm – A Transient Art Project

26 October 2012
After the storm

Twenty-five years ago this month, storms ripped through the south of England causing massive disruption.

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