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Last week we celebrated Fathers Day, danced in water, created fairy homes and learned about the 3 R’s during our community outreach visit!
Got a 2-year-old who is ready for nursery/preschool? Then you’ll know how difficult it can be to choose between the different offerings from small local school provisions to independent forest schools, Montessori and hybrid models. Here are 7 tips to help you make your choice.
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...
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!
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.
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...
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!...
The weather was perfect for our first week of the summer term at our outdoor nursery! All our adventurers had fun exploring the new base camp location, finding new spots to dig, climb and create.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here at Wild about Play, we are passionate about PLAY and we are passionate about creating the right enabling environment for our children’s education and enjoyment. But why play? And why play in the outdoors?
We know that the great outdoors can inspire everyone’s imagination and that the multi sensory environment has a deeply stimulating effect on our children’s brains. We also know that the skills that are imperative for the workplace of tomorrow, such as empathy, social skills, creativity and critical thinking, are all honed through interactions through play.
Well, where do I start? What an amazing journey this has been. After what seems like the busiest year of my life, Wild about Play is finally here.
As I try to write my first ever blog for our website, it has made me reflect on the journey I took to get here and I wouldn’t be able to tell you about that journey without mentioning my two amazing children, my inspirations.