Wednesday, January 20, 2010

5 top resources for outdoor and natural learning

Our outdoor play space - a work in progress

I've been busily searching for inspiration for our outdoor play space.  

Little did I know that as I moved from site to site and link to link my interest in outdoor play and natural playscapes would grow into somewhat of an obsession.

I am now - more than ever - a fully fledged, flag waving believer in the importance of outdoor play and natural playscapes to the learning and well-being of young children in the preschool years.  

Let me share with you some of the amazing resources I have discovered:  

1.  Field Notes from the Future

This is the blog of Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and Chairman of the Children and Nature Network - and the place to go to learn more about the movment to reconnect our children with nature. 

You might like to start with these inspiring articles:

2.   Natural Learning Initiative

The Natural Learning Initiative promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children.  You can find information on research, design, education and resources galore on outdoor and natural learning.  .

3.  Children & Nature Network (C&NN)

Simply teeming with resources, this is a site which provides encouragement and support, resources and information to those working to reconnect children with nature - I spent ages browsing here!

4.  Earthplay

EarthPlay, the website of natural playscape designer and author Rusty Keeler, is chock full of ideas, stories, and inspiration and practical advice to help you create beautiful spaces for children, such as:

5.  I'm a Teacher, Get me Outside of Here

The inspiring and ever so informative blog of Juliet Robertson, an outdoor learning consultant from Scotland.  Juliet is passionate about outdoor play and outdoor play spaces and her blog is full of practical ideas for teachers and parents to get their children playing and learning outside.

I'd love to hear about your favorite go-to places for outdoor and nature play.

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