Play spaces of exploration, discovery and challenge.
These are the blog posts about various resources which I’ve found the children have enjoyed using when playing freely outside.
Lots of Loose Parts
A scrap and natural play project
The ins and outs of this creative lunch time play project
Lots of materials that can be reused outside
Recycling household items and unwanted clothes into toys
Very versatile resource. Lots of ideas and advice in this post
I didn’t tell them to swing or rock! Great for dens too.
A run down of resources which are tough, can be left outside and withstand high amounts of use.
Ropes, Swings and Stringy Things
Ways of using a discarded climbing rope in pre-school
Rope work ideas with children of all ages
Give children a challenge and see where they take it.
Creating labyrinths from rope and chalk.
A sensory reflective experience for adults as well as children
For outdoor play, display and learning!
a resource that helps create happiness!
An ongoing trial and error experiment
A big play experience with the little sticky stuff.
The story behind one day in nursery
Seats that facilitate a child’s ownership of a place
Portable outdoor seating
The ultimate environmentally friendly solution
Combining ziplock bag felting into the process seems to work nicely
Some tried and tested examples
What would you do to re-use these seats?
A simple homework activity
A simple way of making portable mats for sitting on, using heritage breeds of wool
How do you use yours?
And this is what happened…
A wonderful resource – a must for any pre-school or school
The variety of uses continues
A lovely challenge for one group of children
When older children made one for the nursery and P1 classes
Big water experience for all ages
Ditch the parachute and balls for this challenging alternative
An essential resource for water and other big play experiences
Annotating photos of design ideas
Versatile, tactile, lightweight and suitable for all ages
a quick way to make a den, hang things, etc
Take Tom Sensori Bedard’s work and making it even bigger and better outside
Enjoy inventing water games now that summer has arrived
Other Fun Resources
Scrunchy crunchy man-made material
A versatile resource in any outdoor space
Repurposing a garden object
Essential for storage and play
A big, tough piece of kit designed for years of play
The open-endedness of a flexible resource
A simple sled kite from any old bag
An essential item when working with natural materials outside
A quick fix wall resource, not for the dog!
A portable storage solution
The wonders of Wrap-n-mats
Lots of “crate” ideas for outdoor play!
Don’t let this stop outdoor play!
10 useful bits and pieces for outdoor play
Children being boxed up and in instead of being allowed out
A child in a tree
A sticker campaign launched by the Geography Collective
Thanks to a bear called ‘Fred the Ted’
Is your school making this an unconditional right for your children?
A dangerous idea?
A childhood memory re-lived
Kite flying with my son
The real play park around a play park
In celebration of International Mud Day
Ways over overcoming issues around sand play outside
A budget approach to creating any size of a sandpit that works in schools where digging up the tarmac is not possible
Play workers and the love of loose parts
Buying resources at sale times from supermarkets
Heads down and walk through the town to see the history of activity
The fun of magnifiers
Great fun in the woods! A fantastic set up for children
Is it good enough for our kids?