Getting Children Out In Nature

Nature and time outside is long linked to lower levels of stress. The great outdoors is also a great learning opportunity. Children should be spending time outside, even in the coldest weather, and their enthusiasm can be inspiring. Using a range of environments outside can broaden experiences and learning opportunities for children. Organising lessons in fields, forest schools or under glass canopies can really help you provide a wide learning experience that caters for numerous learning preferences and styles. Yet, … Continue reading

How To Make Outdoor Role-Play Areas Work

Role-play is a great way for children to learn, play and develop. Children naturally like to emulate what they see on television, what their parents do, and copy what they’ve read in books. Children can benefit from role-play in several ways; including: Development of creativity and imagination. Enrich language and use of communications. Develop social and emotional skills. Enhance physical development. Unfortunately, many don’t see this. Some experts have come across parents who reject role-play as just a way for … Continue reading

Give Your Students That Fresh Air

February and March now seem to be the time of year when cold weather really sets in over the UK. So this is when the children are often less likely to venture outside and play in the fresh air. However, children don’t have to kept indoors during this time. Instead, play in the colder months is very beneficial. Children who regularly play outside, even in the colder months have higher levels of vitamin D. When 20% of the UK population … Continue reading

Outside Learning Supports Classroom Work

When you’re looking for learning opportunities, outside time is often forgotten or ignored. Normally this is because there’s a significant pressure on teachers to use classrooms and technology. But outside learning can be a valuable partner in your learning schedule. There are several reasons why this is the case, including: Stress reduction There is a lot research showing stress in the classroom for both students and teachers is rising. Yet being in nature is also used in a lot of … Continue reading

Great Crafts For The New School Year

The new school year is fast approaching and you’re probably hard at work getting ready for returning students and new intakes. One of the activities you’ll be looking to start is craft. Craft activities are great because they allow children to develop critical skills, build confidence and allow them to express themselves. This year, autumn has come slightly earlier. Leaves are starting to turn and some fruits are already ripening. For some, the end of summer is a sad time, … 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 Nature Can Help With Mindfulness In Your Early Years Setting

Mindfulness is not just a trend, it’s a useful practice that’s as good for children as it is for adults. A growing amount of scientific research has found that attention can increase with the right mindfulness. In addition, good routines can help reduce stress and regulate emotions in children. Research has also shown that mindfulness can help with social skills, emotions can be better controlled, and children who practice regular mindfulness show more compassion and empathy. Children who have problems … Continue reading

An Outdoor Treasure Hunt – Creating Conversation Through Discoveries

The outdoors is abundant in learning opportunities. Some of these opportunities are so common that they pass us by. However, for children, the outdoors is one of the greatest sources of learning, both about the world around them and for developing their senses, awareness, speech and social skills. Consider any outdoor space, this could be a park, wood, beach or an outdoor space in your setting. There are lots of resources in those areas that children can interact with and … Continue reading

Outside Play Still Important For Older Children

With the rise in screen time, many older children are spending less time playing outside. While this is generally accepted, some suggest that outside play is still important to children over 11. For one thing, children over this age could benefit from the increase in activity for health reasons. There are many news reports on the growth of obesity in children. Secondary school teachers can also find that children in their care don’t have basic skills like catching, running, etc. … Continue reading

How the Outdoors Benefits Young Children

It is becoming better known that outside learning for children offers substantial benefits to their development and social skills. This also applies to younger children too. Babies can benefit from the experiences of movement, space and sensory stimulation for healthy development just from playing outside. Stimulate the Senses with Outdoor Play Along with everything else, outdoor play in natural environments can stimulate the 4 of the 5 senses: smell, sound, vision and touch. Smell The outdoors hosts so many different … Continue reading