Monday, April 23, 2012

Brand spanking new: Play Outside!


Introducing Play Outside!

I'm excited to announce that there is a new kid on the Let the Children Play block.  Play Outside! is an ever growing searchable database of ideas, tips and tools for outdoor play and play spaces gathered from around the blogosphere into one handy location.


Already chock full of over 250 top outdoor play ideas, Play Outside! is a one-stop-shop for outdoor play and learning inspiration for early childhood professionals and parents of young children.


The play ideas are sorted into an extensive list of categories, to make it easy to search for just the one you want.  For example, you might like to search by:
  • age
  • play material 
  • play type 
  • play space 
You can find the categories by clicking on the "search by category" tab under the heading, or on the pop out menu on the right sidebar.  For the complete list of categories, click here.

How do I get there?

When you want to visit Play Outside! from Let the Children Play, simply:
  • click on the Play Outside! page on the tab bar (just below the Let the Children Play blog header)
  • click on the Play Outside! box at the top of the sidebar.  It looks like this:

You can also subscribe via RSS feed or email to receive all the new ideas added each week to the data base.  Simply go the pop out menu on the side bar of Play Outside! and click on Subscribe.

How can I contribute?

I'd love you all to contribute to the Play Outside! database.  Click here to find out how.

Bugs.

Play Outside! is new, and let's face it, it's a miracle that I know how to sign into my computer.  If something isn't working or you can think of how I could improve Play Outside, please let me know.  I promise I won't be offended.

Thank yous

There are an amazing bunch of bloggers out there who generously allowed me to rummage around their blogs and raid their outdoor play posts to kick start the data base.  I'd like to thank the following people for their support, and encourage you to check out their wonderful blogs:

Early Play
Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School
Flights of Whimsy
Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning
I'm a Teacher Get Me Outside Here
Happy Hooligans
Child Central Station
How Long is This Hall?
Teacher Tom
Teach Preschool
Share and Remember
Living Montessori Now
Learning for Life
Males in Early Childhood

Okay, so what are you waiting for?  Go play outside!

30 comments:

  1. It's wonderful...i foud it the other day and spent waaay to much time reading about such wonderful ideas!!!Thanks for compiling and it looks fantastic, really well set out. You do so many great things to promote outdoor play...love it and i know the twins are going to lvoe all the new ideas too!!!

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    1. Thanks Jode - exactly what I was hoping for! I hope that you will submit some of your own ideas from your wonderful blog to add.

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  2. Oh-my-good-golly-gosh Jennifer Kable ... YOU my irresistible friend have done it again. This resources is FANTASTIC!

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    1. Thank you my dears. And an even bigger thank you for allowing me to root around in your blog and use your very own irresistible ideas!

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  3. Brilliant work Jenny, well done. This is going to be such an amazing resource for our cert III and Diploma students.

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    1. Oh Dani, that is wonderful to hear. I really do hope that people find it simple to use, and helpful.

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  4. Jenny are you interested in being a guest speaker online to our students in Melbourne and Alice Springs? You would be a wealth of knowledge and I know they would appreciate such an enthusiastic and well researched voice. If you are interested can you please email me dani@coonarahouse.org.au to discuss further
    Thanks

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    1. Thank you for thinking of me Dani - I will definately email you.

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  5. William H. Strader, Coordinator, New England Symposium on PlayApril 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Rock on Let the Children Play! AND...Happy National Week of the Young Child! Guess Who Loves to Play?

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    1. Why thank you! And I didn't even realise it was national week of the young child. Play on!

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  6. Awesome!! Excited to get to know this space!

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I hope you have a good old browse around. There are just so many wonderful ideas out there that it is just darn handy to have them in one place.

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  7. Well done Jennifer - that takes a lot of work and we all appreciate it.

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    1. Thanks lovely Juliet - and thank you for sharing your own ideas!

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  8. This is a great resource - I'm glad I found it and am looking forward to exploring your blog!

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    1. I'm glad you found it too. I hope you find some inspiring tips on getting outside to play :)

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  9. Wow. Any original.ideas or do.u just steal from others and not track back to sources? How do u people sleep at night?

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    1. Well, since you asked so nicely Anon I'll let you know. I'm sorry if it wasn't clear enough for you in the post but:

      1. Many of the ideas are my own, from my own blog, written by myself from my own experience.
      2. Many of the ideas were submitted to Let the Children Play through the It's Playtime link up.
      3. The remainder of the ideas were sourced with the permission of the blog owners, who were thanked and credited at the bottom of the post with links back to their blogs. In fact, several of those have left favourable comments above, so you don't need to worry about them.
      4. Play Outside! is a resource where bloggers will submit their own ideas for inclusion, so I will not be stealing them.
      5. Each outdoor play idea has 2 links back to the source in the post - and the blog is named as well. Links back by clicking on the blog name and/or the photo.
      6. Play Outdoors! makes it clear upfront that the ideas are collected from blogs around the blogosphere and always credits the source.


      Next time, if you would care to post a comment as yourself I would be happy to answer any questions you would have. You don't have to hide behind "anonymous" as I am always willing to address any issues or concerns that readers may have openly and transparently.

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    2. As one of the acknowledged blogs I must say that Jenny is one of the most inspiring individual for the rest of us in the EC blogosphere. Whenever there is something that she may need from one of us you can be assured we are asked first and consulted throughout. Jenny is respected worldwide for her contribution to the early childhood sector and is always open and willing to answer any questions directed her way. She is the last individual I would ever accuse of stealing ideas from others.

      On the other hand, it takes no imagination or courage at all to make unsubstantiated accusations behind the veil of remaining anonymous.

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    3. Good grief, who IS that rude and cowardly person? Obviously they haven't taken the time to look at your work thoroughly before shooting their mouth off. Hello troll, it doesn't pretend to be entirely original work. It's clearly a compilation with permissions sought and granted. Headdesk, headdesk.

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  10. Thank you so much Jennifer for including so many of my blog posts in this wonderful resource. I thank you for offering myself and other bloggers the opportunity to be involved and feel really chuffed that you think my posts worthy of being included. So great to see so many blogs represented in this one resource. The ECE blogging community are so open to learning from each other and sharing ideas and resources. I will need to sit myself down with a coffee and a free afternoon to immerse myself in this resource! Can't wait! Thanks again to our great 'Aussie Outdoor Guru!' Karen from 'Flights of Whimsy'.

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    1. Awww, Karen thank you for leaving such a supportive comment. And of course it goes without saying a big thank you for letting me include some of your very own fab ideas for outdoor play and learning. Your blog is a constant inspiration to us teacher types!

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  11. Thank you so much Jennifer for including so many of my blog posts in this wonderful resource. I thank you for offering myself and other bloggers the opportunity to be involved and feel really chuffed that you think my posts worthy of being included. So great to see so many blogs represented in this one resource. The ECE blogging community are so open to learning from each other and sharing ideas and resources. I will need to sit myself down with a coffee and a free afternoon to immerse myself in this resource! Can't wait! Thanks again to our great 'Aussie Outdoor Guru!' Karen from 'Flights of Whimsy'.

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  12. What a fabulous resource! I've shared the link to this on my facebook blog page so that my readers can enjoy this fabulous collection of ideas too! :)
    Thanks so much for all your efforts in collating such a great list of activiities! :) xx

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  13. *Cheekily laughs at above... discussion* ;-) Well said. ahem... anyway I was just stopping by to say fab site, fab collection, fab idea! Well done on a brilliant colleaction, I bet it took some work pulling it all together. It looks great! xxx

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  14. Thank you for including Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School here...what an honor to find ourselves in this fabulous company!

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  15. Awesome work, Jenny! Thanks so much for including Living Montessori Now! :)

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  16. This is such an amazing resource! And thank you so much for including my observing nature post!! I can't wait to explore all of the other posts!

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  17. We love playing outside - sticks are one of the main reasons!! http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/04/ten-for-tuesday-all-you-need-are-sticks.html

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  18. Wonderful blog about playing outdoors! A very nice resource.

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