Monday, April 23, 2018

NEW Podcast Episode: Role of the Educator in Nature Play

Lots of great links to resources in this blogpost on a presentation about this topic!

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson

Sense of Wonder Book (Newer Version—aff link) 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PODCAST: Fabric as a Loose Part/Denmaking

Find the PODCAST EPISODE here.

Blogpost: Fabric as a Loose Part/Den Making


Monarch (aff link)

Woodpecker (aff link)

Fort Making Kit blog post

Loose Parts Toolkit from Inspiring Scotland

Playworkers Guide to Dens and Forts by Morgan Leichter-Saxby

European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2010, 555–566
The influence of the outdoor environment: den-making in three different contexts
Natalie Canning*

"The den is the child's sense of self being born," says David Sobel, a developmental psychologist at Antioch New England graduate school. He has researched dens extensively since the 70s, in Devon, England, and the Caribbean. "In the middle childhood, ages seven to 11, a den is the child's chance to create a home away from home that is secret, and becomes a manifestation of who they are. The den," Sobel argues, "is the chrysalis out of which the butterfly is born."

King Jack and the Dragon (aff link)