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Last Week in the Wilderness 12th July

Last Week in the Wilderness 12th July

Our penultimate week of summer term sessions was one filled with creativity, collaboration and lots of laughter! Enjoying every form of weather that comes with a great British summer, our adventurers had the opportunity to experience the base camp in all its glory!...

Last Week in the Wilderness 21st June

Last Week in the Wilderness 21st June

It was a wet and wonderful time in the wilderness last week, with our explorers making full use of the rainy weather to learn, explore and play in the forest! Water and Science With the excess rainwater, it was the perfect opportunity for some water play this week....

June 2021 Half-Term Camps

June 2021 Half-Term Camps

The sun was in attendance at Wild about Play’s half-term camps this week, with the beautiful blue skies giving us a perfect backdrop for lots of fun, creativity and laughter. We loved welcoming back old friends and meeting new ones as we spent our days learning and...

Last Week in the Wilderness 17th May

Last Week in the Wilderness 17th May

Another action-packed week in the wilderness has come and gone, and this week was one of the most exhilarating we’ve ever had! Our adventurers were beside themselves with excitement, with lots to celebrate and surprise visits from some very important people in the community!

A year in lockdown – a chance to rethink education?

A year in lockdown – a chance to rethink education?

With studies showing the struggles that both schools and parents have faced during the past year of teaching from home in lockdown, is it about time we look to other methods of learning – such as outdoors learning – to ensure that our children are safe and engaged at all times? We look into this, and the advantages of outdoor learning, in this week’s blog.

Last Week in the Wilderness 3rd May

Last Week in the Wilderness 3rd May

With the bank holiday shortening our week, we made the most of our days in the forest. Our adventurers had lots of fun experimenting, exploring and collaborating as team! This week was Firefighter Day, which celebrates the heroic work that firefighters do on a daily...

Last Week in the Wilderness 26th April

Last Week in the Wilderness 26th April

Another wonderful week in the forest has flown by, filled with lots of laughter, creativity, collaboration and adventure. We focussed on spelling our days of the week, identifying the local birds and fauna, and danced the day away to celebrate International Dance Day!...

An Interview with Marlon

An Interview with Marlon

In a new series of interviews, we’ll be speaking with our team members about outdoor play and it’s importance in the role of education. First up, we grilled our Setting Manager and outdoor learning master, Marlon Gibbins, about what drew him to outdoor learning and how we can bring it to our homes.

Structured vs Unstructured Play

Structured vs Unstructured Play

The choices between structured activities and unstructured play are oftentimes a cause of stress for parents. Many dismiss unstructured play as not being as profitable for their child’s development as participating in a sport or team activity. How else can children develop social skills, learn to understand and follow set rules or make friends? Surely “just” playing can’t be nearly as beneficial?

Mental Health and Outdoor Play

Mental Health and Outdoor Play

We’ve spoken often about the physical, social and cognitive benefits that outdoor play gives our children, such as in our previous blog about cold weather play. Discussion surrounding the mental benefits such as self-esteem and confidence are sometimes overlooked in favour of those previously listed impacts. And with the “acute crisis” the BBC have reported on recently, it is more important than ever to address how we can support our children.

Benefits of cold weather play

Benefits of cold weather play

We’re sure everyone has heard the age-old saying of “wrap up warm or you’ll get a cold!” when heading outside. It may even be something that you still tell your children before they go outdoors in the cold winter months. Whilst it’s true that going outside in winter underprepared is ill-advised, cold weather play actually gets a bad rap.

Outdoor Play and Social Skills

Outdoor Play and Social Skills

Team work, collaboration, empathy and effective communication are just a few traits that are vital for children to acquire that excel them both emotionally and mentally. How these are developed is equally as important, as we look into the benefits of unstructured and semi-structured child-led play and what the methods we implement do to progress these skills.

Enabling Environments

Enabling Environments

So much of children’s development is rooted in their own self confidence. Child led play within an enabling environment in the outdoors helps children listen to their inner voice and become more creative and resilient. Child led play may sound easy, but enabling this constructively and safely to inspire children and extend their learning and social skills requires an environment that is set up for this and teachers who are dynamic, skilled, experienced, and most importantly, take the time to know your child.

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