Playful Learning Outdoors

Playful learning outdoors is not only possible in your outdoor classroom, it is necessary! Inspire students to work collaboratively on outdoor garden projects like music walls, dinosaur gardens, mud kitchens and playful literacy through the use of shadow puppets and loose parts.
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Rainy Day Play Ideas

Opportunities for playing in rain are sorely missing in many childhoods. It often seems like decisions to stay inside at recess are randomly decided after

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How to Build a Bug Hotel

Bug hotels are an essential addition to any garden, and particularly a children’s garden. There are really only two reasons to build them. One is

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Storytelling in Nature

Walking, working and playing in nature invites children’s imaginations to create stories that reflect their lived experiences, their wonders and their understandings of the world

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