Health & Wellbeing

The Soapwort Experiment

27 October 2016
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Natural soap – a “handy” thing!

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Traversing Walls in Schools – 7 Tips for their Development, Design & Use

21 July 2016
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The art of words and climbing

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Design Ideas for Bike, Trike & Scooter Play

2 March 2015
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One of the key zones at the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground is the Circuit Zone where children can bring their small bikes, scooters and other wheeled toys. Children are free to ride around the whole playground yet this zone has sufficient appeal that there were lots of children playing here continuously. Most early years educators know the […]

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Outdoor Snacks and Drinks

6 December 2014
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‘”Hot soup was a jolly good idea, it’s so very cold this morning but then it’s very early, the sun is only just coming up – look!” They finished their breakfast watching the blue water turn to dancing gold, even the rocks gleamed in the sun.‘ Enid Blyton – The Adventurous Four. With the winter […]

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When Children Need the Toilet Outdoors

19 July 2014
The Star

Outdoor toilets – what to do…

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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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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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Health and Safety: Have you heard the latest…?

18 March 2014
HSE Myths

“Oh no, they cannot be serious!”

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The Affordance of the Big Steps

8 February 2014
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So many possibilities for playing

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10+ Outdoor Ideas for Rainy Days

1 February 2014
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It’s been a very wet winter this year. Rather than stay inside and suffer cabin fever, there is lots of fun to be had, donning the boots, waterproof clothes and heading out into the rain.  Below is a collection of the blog posts and other ideas for rainy day activities.

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Temporary Shelters in School Grounds

25 January 2014
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Recently I blogged about my experience of creating suitable shelters when on beach visits with a nursery. I realised as I was gathering photos together that I had examples of other temporary shelters which practitioners use with children, many of which are suitable for thirty children and a class teacher.

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Creating Shelter by Trial and Error

21 January 2014
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Working out what shelter works best

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Building Confidence on a Concrete Slope

11 January 2014
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It’s the little things which matter

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Drying and Managing Wet Clothes

17 October 2013
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Space saving solutions

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Back to School – 10 Things You Need to Find Out

9 August 2013
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An outdoor activity designed to help a class settle in after the holidays

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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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Frisbees – All Work and All Play

3 August 2013
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Back to school with a “flying” start with a frisbee!

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Foraging for Fruit – A Way to Love Gardening

25 July 2013
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Summer time… and the living is easy

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Lunch Time Play at Inverallochy School

18 July 2013
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What is play provision like at your school? Have a look at what happens at Inverallochy School…

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Beach Play – 10 Ideas

5 July 2013
Beach Play

With the summer holidays either approaching or begun, then there is nothing better than a visit to the seaside.

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Seafood Investigations

31 May 2013
Seafood Platter

With seafood, there’s a lot leftover in terms of shells, heads and other body parts, perfect for class!

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How to Make a Seed Bomb

13 April 2013
Seed Bomb

Making and setting seed bombs is a great way to get kids planting!

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Is Free Play a Legitimate Learning Experience?

5 March 2013
Free Play

What do you think about the Engage for Education blog post?

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A Hammock Made Out of a Tarp

19 February 2013

Turning tarps into hammocks is the equivalent of a gym session outdoors!

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Making Rosehip Syrup

23 October 2012
Rosehip Syrup

How to make and the history of the classic autumn syrup.

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A Very Berry Harvest

4 October 2012
Very Berry Harvest

Most religious festivals began when our ancestors spent more time outdoors.

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Indoor or Wet Breaks – A Dangerous Idea?

13 June 2012
Icy Weather

Indoors or out…weather, clothing and more.

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I’m a parent – let my child OUTSIDE at school!

17 February 2011
Parents Outdoor School

Ideas for parents to encourage outdoor learning in schools.

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Hand hygiene outdoors

20 January 2011
Hand Hygiene Outdoors

Removing one of the barriers to learning outdoors.

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What do you do when you don’t know what to do outdoors?

12 November 2010
History Outdoors

What and how can one teach a large class outside?

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The Good, the Bad and the Fungi

2 October 2010
Fly Agaric

It’s that time of year when fungi pop up everywhere!

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Welcome Back to School – An Outdoor Circle Time

17 August 2010
Circle Time

Ideas for Circle Time as we gear up for the new school year.

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Collaborative Outdoor Play Ideas

25 May 2010
Shared Play

what ideas might you have for some collaborative play that could take place through the fence.

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Nettle Soup – An Earth Day Recipe (better late than never)

25 April 2010
Nettle Soup

Picking nettles can be fascinating for children.

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Ode to Toilet Roll Tubes

29 January 2009
The Star

A mission to reinstate the toilet roll in the resource box!

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Confessions of a worm worrier

5 September 2008
The Star

Top tips for keeping worms happy.

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Woozy wasps – a few stinging comments

4 September 2008
The Star

Stop flapping, it’s only a wasp…

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