In Praise of Play: Activities for Children and Families in Rural Communities
Children in rural America struggle to find time and space to play. How can rural families add more play into their children’s lives without needing a playground?
More than Mud Pies: Make a Mud Kitchen Master Class
Let go of the traditional ways of teaching and find freedom with Mud Play. Make your own one-of-a-kind Mud Kitchen that sparks your children’s imaginations and engages their creative thinking.
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This award-winning documentary takes the viewer on an inspiring education journey to the Nordic North in a cinematic portrait of childhood, education, and play.
An infographic created by the National Environmental Education Foundation giving facts about why being active in nature makes kids healthier. Free printable download in English and Spanish, as a JPEG or PDF.
This stunning book examines how to develop the learning benefits of connecting children to Nature and inspires the reader to ensure that all children are gaining the benefits of this connection. Each chapter celebrates a natural element such as mud, water, sand, and shows how these readily available and in the most part free of cost resources can be used through all the seasons.
This book brings together renowned authors, with research and professional experience in a range of disciplines, to provide a comprehensive guide to developing positive and engaging outdoor learning environments in the early years.
An illustrated, essential guide to engaging children and youth in the process of urban design.
Playing and Learning Outdoors shows early years practitioners how to get the very best from outdoor playing and learning for the enjoyment, health and education of all children from ages three to five years. This invaluable resource also includes practical advice on movement and physical play; playing with sand, natural materials, and water; plants, living things, and growing; and construction, creativity, and imaginative play.
Intended to help early childhood educators shift their practice towards a more nature-based approach—wherever their starting point.
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth K-12. PLT includes activities and experiences to facilitate outdoor play and nature exploration, and also includes a children's CD. The GreenSchools! program provides materials for helping children and families connect with nature.
Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, this resource includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration and is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages three to six. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons.
Want to enjoy garden activities with a preschooler or school-age child? Here's a book for teachers, parents, home schoolers, after school instructors, park or botanical garden interpreters and child development specialists. Tables match the activities to the National Core Standards, NAEYC curriculum standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Standards provide important benchmarks for student learning, but meeting them doesn’t mean you have to take away creativity, lively participation, and joyful learning. This resource offers strategies to address content standards in ways that nurture kindergartners’ natural love of learning.
A documentary about the benefits of forest kindergartens.
Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning shows how the school grounds—regardless of whether your school is in an urban, suburban, or rural setting—can become an enriching extension of the classroom. In this comprehensive handbook, theory and practice provides readers with practical suggestions and teacher-tested activities for using the most powerful tool available—the outdoors.
Travel with fun-loving Muppets Elmo and Murray from Sesame Street to two of America's most popular national parks in the new online series Sesame Street Explores National Parks. Six short videos and accompanying hands-on activities introduce preschoolers to the natural world of habitats, seasons, and animal families.
Sharing Nature with Children sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education. Now that classic has been completely rewritten, with many added new activities-and combined with Sharing the Joy of Nature-to make a treasury of Joseph’s best-loved nature games for children and adults, in one complete volume.