You've probably guessed by now that I am a huge fan of outdoor play.
In an age when a complex web of circumstances pressures seem to be keeping our kids indoors more than ever I believe that one of my most important roles as a teacher is to give our kids lots of time for free and unstructured play outdoors.
Here are 10 fellow bloggy types who feel the same way.
Generous with sharing their knowledge, resources and experiences, their posts both motivate and inspire me. If you have an interest in connecting the young people in your life to nature, then these are good folk to have on your team:
1. Caro & Co.
"Caro &Co is a blog dedicated to sharing information, tips and inspiration on how to engage children with nature, outdoors, food and food sources and healthy living. No preaching here we promise. Just suggestions on fun things to do with kids."
Juliet Robertson is an outdoor learning consultant from Scotland who is passionate about getting children outside. Her blog is chock full of practical advice and tips on outdoor learning and creating outdoor learning environments.
Check out Juliet's Delicious bookmarks in the right hand column. If you are ever in need of an article or link on outdoor on nature play, chances are you will find it here.
Simply dripping with accomplishments that you can read about on her 'About' page, Bethe Almeras believes:
...that childhood was meant to be messy. Muddy. Slimy. Silly. And most of all, joyful. Steeped in awe and wonder, childhood should be spent outdoors as much as possible, and should rely on imagination and whimsy as much as it does on rules and regulations.4. rusty's blog: notes from the natural playground
...children should be surrounded by beautiful environments filled with nature, art and love.If you are after inspiration to create the natural playscape of your dreams there are wonderful examples of others doing the same to get your imagination and creative juices flowing.
When children and nature mix, something magical happens – every child deserves that Magic!This is a blog with gorgeous images and is full of inspiration for getting kids outdoors and connecting them with nature.
32 Ideas for Spring Outdoor Fun" should keep you busy for a while.
8. teacher tom
Although not an outdoor or nature play blog per se, Tom's approach to outdoor play and learning in a preschool setting is always an inspiration. Just have a read of his latest post "climbing the homemade ladder" and you will see what I'm talking about.
Amy is building up an impressive list of outdoor classroom ideas perfect for teachers or parents to get their kids playing, learning and having fun outdoors.
Kierna is a preschool teacher who embraces the idea of playing outside, whatever the weather. Her blog is a glimpse inside a preschool setting where outdoor play is valued and full of inspiration for others who feel the same way. Just take a look at their Forest Adventures.
Over to you.
Do you blog about outdoor play, or children and nature?
Do you have a favorite outdoor play blog?
Lets share the love by sharing the links in the comments.