Outdoor play
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Outdoor play

Childhood is a time for, well, childhood! It’s not a preparation for school or adulthood. It’s a time for allowing children to go at their own pace, giving them the time they need to explore, manipulate, discover, and practise newly acquired skills.
A lot of emphasis is put on reading, writing and storytelling and maths, but actually, if you can’t be creative, how can you solve problems? That’s what the blocks help you to do – you turn a problem over, not only in your mind, but you also turn it over in your hands.
As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts almost every area of our lives, many of us find ourselves in unique new positions. For example, unable to send our children to nursery, we must now occupy and teach them at home. How can young children’s waking hours be both happy and purposeful, despite the...
What can we do in our work with young children to see that life, for them, continues to be a source of wonder and delight? We can start by asking, “What do we notice, pay attention to, and celebrate?
Given a chance, children will always find opportunities for messy play whether in a garden, an outdoor classroom, or neighbourhood park. So how do we as adults, teachers, or parents get ready to support this type of play?
Having a real wooden play kitchen in your outdoor area supports children’s growing imagination and communication skills and provides incredible creative play opportunities. But can we expect a natural material like wood to survive the daily onslaught of mud and water which are essential...
One challenge we face is that some of the questions children ask are linked to unobservable phenomena such as death, decay and disappearance. It is these aspects of connection to the natural world that are often the least well-defined, but they can be the ones that fascinate children.
Collaboration, creativity, imagination, inventiveness, problem-solving, coordination, physical strength – when children are given the space and time to freely play outdoors, truly the whole child is able to grow.
Regardless of SEN, many children find paying attention a key challenge. A number of proactive strategies can help, such as allowing the use of sensory-rich resources to provide feedback; providing quiet spaces to sit in calmly and take time out; minimising other distractions; and using attractive...
Did you ride bicycles around the block and play Hide-and-Seek outside with friends until you were called inside for dinner? These experiences helped us develop our senses and taught us to self-regulate our actions, preparing us ultimately for the more formal education of school.

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