Nature Play Lifestyle
Nature Play Lifestyle provides guidance and support to engage young learners in connecting to the natural world. This YouTube Channel is more than a place to provide tips and tricks to help support others in the field, it's a community. We come together to share ideas and I guide conversations about what I've learned as a nature preschool teacher over the last 10 years. I post videos every Wednesday and Saturday.
Supporting Children Outdoors: Tips and Tricks from a Nature Play Professional
This workshop will help to guide you in how to support your young learners in connecting to the natural world. We will discuss what nature play can look like, provide supportive tips on how to get started and offer ideas for hands on tools to bring outside to inspire nature play. This workshop is perfect for a nature based educators and caregivers of young learners.
We're constantly looking for great resources for our members. Below is a complete list of the resources we've gathered so far. You can select the types of resources you're looking for. To select more than one type of resource, hold the control button while you make your selections.
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.
Billy B., the natural science song and dance man, helps preschoolers become more aware of the world around them with self-help and nature songs.
Through this family’s experiences, we observe how free play in nature hones a sense of wonder, provides healthy challenges, and nurtures earth stewardship. “Parents need to support kids’ access to independent outdoor play,” says Sobel. “Of course they should use judgment, but the benefits outweigh the risks.”
Overflowing with tips for successfully gardening with children in school and community settings, Wings, Worms, and Wonder also includes 36 child tested lesson plans, you’ll find everything you need to seamlessly integrate gardening into both elementary curricula and daily life.
Wonder is the bimonthly newsletter of the World Forum Foundation's Nature Action Collaborative for Children. The newsletter is free and can be downloaded online and is also printed in Exchange magazine.
Seek child tested and parent/teacher approved activities that capture children’s attention. Inside, find nearly 100 activities, creative projects, and games, as well as garden and outdoor advice and ample resources to set you up for being-outdoors-with-young-children success in all weather and seasons!
Wonderkin offers educational activity kits designed to support early childhood development by getting kids outdoors and connected to nature. Our carefully curated boxes arrive on your doorstep to jumpstart engaging outdoor play and learning no matter where you live or how crazy your schedule is. For ages 3 - 8.
Young Children is the journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The magazine is published bimonthly and serves as a forum for early childhood educators. The magazine often includes articles of interest in early childhood environmental education.
2nd edition of 'Young Children and the Environment: Early Education for Sustainability', edited by Australian early childhood academic, Julie M. Davis, published by Cambridge University Press.
The book introduces the approach and provides step-by-step guidance for conducting meaningful projects. You will find teacher interviews, children’s work, photographs, and teacher journal entries used to document the project in actual classrooms. New features include technology, nature experiences, and expanded toddler projects.