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A Recycled Xmas Tree

8 January 2017
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New life to the old tree

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A Christmas Light Walk

1 December 2016
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The magic of Christmas begins

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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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10 Ideas for Exploring Clouds

7 August 2016
Cloud Making

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion. This is the place to go now.”

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100 Maths Sessions Outside

6 July 2016
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Well done Andrea!

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An Urban Mapping Art Project

25 June 2016
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Beach ball art work

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Milk Crates

14 June 2016
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Many “crate” ideas (boom-tish)!

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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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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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Congratulations Middleton Park Primary School

15 March 2016
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Outdoor learning = attainment & enrichment

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The Sand Dog Sculpture – Update on Fake Claims

26 February 2016
Sand Dog

What would you create with a bag of sand?

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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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The Bird Blog Collection

16 January 2016
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Useful for any bird project.

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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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Bosque de Trepa, Madrid – Not a High Ropes Course!

24 October 2015
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A challenging rope playground!

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Love Locks and School Leaver Locks

7 October 2015
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A leaver’s legacy from a school visit to Paris

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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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Loom Band Maths Sticks

21 July 2015
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As usual I am blogging way behind the times! Loom bands were last year’s craze. I have sat with a packet in my drawer meaning to have some fun and somehow time has moved on. Regardless, I still feel this is worth blogging about.

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Kickstarting a Whole School Approach to Gardening

30 June 2015
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Last week I had the privilege of visiting Riverbank Primary School in Aberdeen to be one of several judges of the trug gardening competition. This year, the school decided that it would be a great way to celebrate the outdoor spaces and raise awareness of the benefits of gardening.

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Multiplication Pebbles

14 June 2015
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Multiplication pebbles are a very simple resource. I have put 10 pebbles in one bag to represent the 3 times table. As illustrated above, each pebbles has the number 3 painted on it with acrylic deco pens. Each pebble is a different colour.

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Play – A Hidden Phoenix of Christchurch

9 May 2015
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In April I had the privilege of visiting in New Zealand. Although it was a whistle stop 6 days involving training one day and flying the next, I did pause to catch my breath in Christchurch. I met up with an old friend and children’s citizenship and environment educator, Bronwyn Hayward, who gave me tour of […]

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The Children’s Garden – Morton Aboretum

21 April 2015
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Being able to visit a range of playgrounds and outdoor spaces has been one of the side benefits of working in Australia in recent months. It has also reminded me of a long overdue need to blog about the Children’s Garden at the Morton Aboretum just outside Chicago. The description on the website is apt: […]

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The Lighthouse Slide

17 April 2015
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I love surprises. The Frank Kitts Playground on the waterfront in Wellington gave me a brilliant one. I was walking along, minding my own business, when out of nowhere rose this wonderful play structure.

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Sandpits Outside – Challenging Myths and Misconceptions

8 April 2015
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Examining some of the issues of sand and sandpits.

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Where Water Meets Sand and Rock

9 March 2015
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At the Macquarie Lake Variety Playground, the water zone particularly interested me. It was not an especially big area. Yet, the attention to detail in the design really appealed to my love of places where different elements and materials cross the boundaries of the zones or designated areas.

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The Macquarie Play Spiral

6 March 2015
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At the Macquarie Lake Variety Playground, there is a performance space which is intriguingly mathematical. From a distance, it just looks like a wavy wall – cute in a wall-ish, playful sort of way. After all, walking along a wall is a popular activity and this wavy-curvy wall is suitably low enough to entice little […]

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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 Kelpies

16 February 2015
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It is impossible to ignore The Kelpies. These huge sculptures immediately attract your attention when driving past Falkirk on the M9 motorway. Finally Scotland has a piece of roadside public art with a “wow” factor. They are unmissable, unforgettable and very, very horsey. The sculptures are located beside the Union Canal. Each horse weighs around […]

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Using Puppets Outdoors 10 Tips and More

22 January 2015
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A few weeks ago, I received an email from the Handmade Theatre Company telling me about their puppet show, Flying the Nest. I popped onto their website and discovered a video trailer for the production which left me inspired. Aside from the humour and costumes, have a look at the range of puppets, props and ideas […]

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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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10 Outdoor Ways to Celebrate Books

25 October 2014
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Books are brilliant. They create worlds within our heads – places of power and possibilities. They feed our imagination and allow us to think “What if…?” As my friend, Dominic the Storyteller once told me, “Pictures tell a 1000 words, but stories create a 1000 pictures.” Book Week Scotland is 24-30 November and to give […]

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