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DIY Adventure Playground – Creative Constructions in Wood

16 August 2017
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Hammer heaven

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Sandpits Outside – Challenging Myths and Misconceptions

10 August 2017
Sandpits

Examining some of the issues of sand and sandpits.

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Back to School? 10 Reasons to Get Outside the First Week Back

8 August 2017
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Simple ideas, minimal planning

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Googly Eyes – Exploring Magnetism Outside

3 August 2017
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Everything has eyes… they are watching you

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Garden Labels of Love

20 June 2017
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Show us your signs…

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Rain chains

14 June 2017
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Simple, sustainable, practical sculpture

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Pokémon Go – 7 Game-changing Approaches to Learning Outside

15 January 2017
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Developing a love of local wildlife

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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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Loose Parts Play Guide – Can You Assist?

27 July 2016
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Quotes, advice & comments needed

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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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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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