Play & Learn Outdoors Issue – 1.2


Welcome to the second issue of Play & Learn Outdoors of 2018. Your source of outdoor learning ideas and fundraising inspiration. Inside you will find outdoor learning activity ideas, help with fundraising and much, much more! View the full newsletter below or click here to download a PDF version: Play & Learn Outdoors | June 2018 In this month’s edition: Help with fundraising Summer outdoor learning activities An introduction to Shade Man How nature can help with mindfulness A big difference for a … Continue reading

Made in the Shade

It’s been a long hot summer already and with a couple of months still to go it seems like a good time to talk about one of our most popular summer products – the shade sail. Like flip flops, sun hats and eating ice cream outdoors, shade sails are one of those things that only come to mind when the sun is shining …which is no surprise. Because of that heightened seasonality it is worth reminding ourselves of the circumstances … Continue reading

How To Make Your Space Work For Your Children

Space is at a premium when it comes to childcare settings. You want to maximise the activities available to all the children, but want to limit the amount of equipment available so it isn’t too overwhelming. Getting this balance right can make a big difference. Children who feel overwhelmed, or even underwhelmed, are more prone to disruptive behaviour and don’t learn as effectively. So how can you make your space work for you? Here are some tips to ensure you … Continue reading

Setting up shop

There has been a fair bit of distressing news for the UK retail sector in recent months. We have seen profit warnings, store closures and well-known brands being wiped off the high street. As an antidote to that doom and gloom we have been pleased to be involved in a new retailing project that has seen us design a new canopy structure that will add practical, flexible retailing space to a commercial site. We based the design of this new … Continue reading

Wet Play This Summer: Great Ways To Make Water Play Fun And Educational!

As the weather heats up and we come into the last few weeks of the term, lots of educational settings will be looking to let their children cool off with a little water play. Water tables are a bit of a staple in most settings and are great fun, but are there other options to make water play both entertaining and educational? Here are some of our favourites. Blowing Bubbles A traditional game that’s used all year round, but that doesn’t … Continue reading

How To Use The World Cup To Inspire Learning!

With the World Cup just a couple of weeks away there aren’t many people, young and old alike, who aren’t going to be excited. As nations gets behind their teams in Russia, why don’t you make this event part of your learning? Here are some great ideas to inspire learning in the early years related to the World Cup. Play Football One of the easiest options and most related is to use the tournament as the backdrop for your own … Continue reading

Sunshine and Showers

I cannot believe I’ve only just realised it’s currently #SunAwarenessWeek! Although I’ve maybe missed the boat on this one as it’s currently Friday, I truly believe that every week is a great week to raise awareness and educate children on the effects of the sun. With this in mind, I thought I’d look into some good old British weather stats and they’re actually pretty interesting… It’ll be no surprise to see that out of England, Scotland and Wales, in 2017 … Continue reading

Top of the class

We are proud of all the canopies, shelters and accessories that we offer. But like most companies, even if we sometimes don’t like to admit it, we have a favourite product. What elevates a product to treasured status? It might be the one that has been around the longest, or the one that has the most applications or the one that is the most popular with customers. Or, as in the case of our Coniston, all three of those reasons. … Continue reading

‘Some People Walk in the Rain, Others Just Get Wet’

It’s an odd way to spend a Saturday night, walking 10 miles around the streets of Ipswich, a large part of it getting soaked in torrential rain. It is not an activity that we take on too often. It had to be something special that would persuade us to dress like neon loons and start walking at 10 in the evening. The motivation came from this year’s Midnight Walk to raise money for Ipswich based, St. Elizabeth’s Hospice. On its … Continue reading

How To Keep Children Safe In Hot Weather

The summer term is almost half-way through and the recent May Bank Holiday has proven to be one of the hottest. With this in mind, there are warnings about staying out in the sun for too long and the dangers associated with too much sun. The problem is, that there’s a lot of evidence to demonstrate that outdoor play is beneficial for children’s development. So what can you do? How can you manage the risks and also allow children time … Continue reading