Sand and water: the ultimate ingredients for play. Combine with loose parts and simple containers, and you have a recipe for hours of cooperative, open-ended, irresistible fun.
This short inspirational video is packed full of evidence that block play supports all the skills children need for the 21st century. Here’s a school where the foundation of learning is in playing with blocks.
More than 100 years ago Carolyn Pratt, inventor of the Unit Block, founded City & Country School in New York City. Still today their curriculum is built around learning with blocks. Here are some time-tested tips for teachers and practitioners.
Wooden playthings that last forever outdoors
A classroom makeover: Salehurst C of E Primary School's reception class is transformed by Community Playthings over the weekend.
Outlast tables and seating will help extend your classroom outdoors, connecting children to the natural world on a daily basis.
Create chutes for balls, conkers or water using Outlast ramps
Two children head for the woods with trikes to make perfect chocolate
Watch this video to find out what happened when Northumbria University Nursery switched from cots to Dream Coracles
This DVD highlights the importance of physical activity and positive risk-taking for young children.