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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These nature play signs and t-shirts are visual ways to spread the word about the importance of connecting children to nature.
With crazy creatures to build, challenging games to play, and outrageous spaces to sculpt, author Birgitta Ralston, has imagined the most creative ways to play in the snow. Each entry includes complete step-by-step text instructions, plus explanatory line drawings with full-color photographs of frozen glory.
In this collection of articles from NAEYC’s journal Young Children, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn about using nature education, to involve families and the community, and to encourage children’s appreciation of the natural world. The book offers questions and activities to reflect on current practices and incorporate new ones.
Four free, activity-based teaching units for students 2.9 to 5 years old (on birds, soil, trees, and weather) from Mass Audubon.
From advising parents to foster creativity to guiding them in “power-sharing” techniques to resolve conflicts and generate empathy, Carlsson-Paige offers steps parents can take to create time and space for creative play, a feeling of safety in today’s often frightening world, and meaningful relationships with both adults and other children.
Full of real-life activities, examples, and educator resources to take the fun of STEM outside, this book will help teachers articulate connections between nature play, outdoor experiences, and STEM learning in young children.
Published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), this magazine for preschool educators is focused on hands-on classroom strategies. Like its sister magazine, Young Children, this magazine is of general interest in preschool education, and it often includes stories related to environmental education.
If we are to create a brighter future, the world's children must understand their role in safeguarding and improving the environment. Teachers have the potential to create future generations of responsible citizens. The purpose is to assist teachers in dealing with environmental concerns within the scope of the existing school curricula, rather than in addition to it.
In this unique collaboration, two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history.
This updated and expanded edition of The Great Outdoors will inspire teachers to make it possible for children to spend more time outdoors, have safe environments, and be free to learn through exploration.
For many school-age children, outdoor experiences are very limited. The author compellingly argues for ensuring that children have outdoor play and learning opportunities, describes exciting playgrounds in the U.S. and other countries, and provides practical information on safety, accessibility, and curriculum.
Nationally recognized naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie has been igniting kids curiosity about nature for more than 30 years. Her approach combines directed observational activities with journaling and field-note prompts designed to nurture the next generation of nature lovers and environmentalists.
The Outdoor Classroom Project offers training, consulting, and design services for creating outdoor classrooms. Focused mostly in California, the organization maintains demonstration sites people can visit to see outdoor classrooms in action.
Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, authors explain how and why play is a critical part of development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play.
A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids--and a parenting memoir and a great read for anybody who is interested in nature-based early childhood education, parents as well as teachers.