Nature Play is Here to Stay
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
How to create a nature play environment your children will love to explore.
It’s no secret that children love playing and investigating outside. When you think back to your own play experiences as a child, if you’re anything like me, your most memorable play experiences usually involve being out in the front or backyard. I remember playing for hours on a ton of paving sand and making caves and roads out of it; or using the mattock in the garden to create roads and rivers for when I played with my soldiers. In recent years the ‘nature play’ movement, has seen resurgence in the idea that playing outside in nature is memorable and therapeutic - and for good reason. Nature play has a positive effect upon children’s physical, cognitive and emotional development; the basis for creativity, problem solving, reasoning, socialising and managing risk.
More Than Mud
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Kids love mud. And if the rise in popularity of ‘Tough Mudder’ style events is anything to go by, many adults love mud too.
But mud for kids is about much more than just good dirty fun. Mud play encourages creativity. It can be soothing and relaxing, providing an outlet for children to express their feelings through their senses and exploration.
Nothing Beats Nature For Baby Play
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Nature play is making a comeback. There are so many developmental benefits of nature play for children and it’s exciting to see how playgroups are engaging in it. But how do we include babies in nature play?