Nature Play WA was conceived on the belief that unstructured play outdoors (nature play) is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood. This website has many good resources including things to do, places to go and free resources for families.
Author of Messy Maths and Dirty Teaching, Juliet Robinson’s fantastic blog is full of lesson plan ideas, resources and inspiration for primary school teachers beginning their journey into outdoor teaching.
This Canadian day-care facility has a strong Reggio Emilia approach and the belief that every day in every moment they, as teachers, follow the directions of the children and adapt themselves. Full of reflective practice and beautiful photographs of loose parts creations.
This blog aims to inspire all weather outdoor play every day. Photographer, journalist and parent Linda Akeson McGurk, grew up in Sweden where they live by the motto that there is no bad weather, only the wrong clothing.
Slow Family: Helping busy families reconnect through fun activities in nature and at home (US)
Like the ‘slow food’ movement, slow parenting is about reconnecting to that part of yourself and your family that somehow got lost in the shuffle of busy lives. Full of great ideas and resources to reduce ‘frazzle’ and take it slow.
New Nature Movement (US – featuring international contributors)
Featuring an assortment of high calibre contributors from the world wide nature play movement, this blog is thought provoking, inspiring and full of great personal stories from childhood and parenting adventures.
Blogger Michael Lanza, former Northwest Editor of Backpacker Magazine, created this blog with the simple mission: to offer stories, photos, and expert trip-planning advice on the world’s best outdoor adventures—including many that are great for families.
This site came out in support of the Project Wild Thing documentary with a mission to create new paths to help get children thriving, outdoors in nature by supporting families, schools and communities to get more Wild Time in their lives.
A great outdoor learning resource that includes lesson plans by age group, lists for learning kits, outdoor teaching strategies and a reference sheet detailing the benefits of incorporating nearby nature into the everyday curriculum.
Launched in 2015 for anyone interested in outdoor learning, this blog has many contributors building on a collaborative model to raise awareness of quality examples of evidence and delivery of learning outside the classroom (LOtC).
Sarah Blackwell, founder and CEO of Forest Schools Education has over 30 years’ experience supporting outdoor play and learning. Sarah’s blog has many resources, links and discussion around the latest research and hot topics.
Information and ideas for forest school and adventure activities including The Woodland Project which provides children with disabilities and their families the opportunity to learn new skills, uncover hidden talents and spend quality time together at peace, in nature.
After the publication of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” in 2005, author Richard Louv and others co-founded the Children & Nature Network, a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to fuel the worldwide grassroots movement to reconnect children with nature.
This new collaborative venture supports the idea that children are smart, strong and capable yet they are in danger of not being able to practice problem solving with adults always hovering around solving problems first.
This blog from the Tinkergarten community, supports families, leaders and those attending Tinkergarten outdoor playgroups. Includes optional access to a free weekly newsletter of outdoor ideas and activities.
Do you like the idea of your children being able to play freely outside their own front door? Two mums from Bristol (UK) came up with the idea that they could take the street party model and apply to close their street to traffic one day after school, giving the road over to the children to play in.
Tim Gill is an independent scholar, advocate and consultant on childhood. His website and blog focuses on the changing nature of children’s play and free time, and their evolving relationships with the people and places around them.
Kathleen Lockyer, creator of the Nature-Led Approach is an Occupational Therapist of 20 years experience and a leader in Sensory Processing Disorders and Therapeutic Listening. Her empowering blog and mentorship program is a light in the storm for parents & educators with sensitive children.
Nature Play SA acknowledges Traditional owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and Elders both past and present.