Open-ended, play-based learning in the Preschool Classroom
Providing ample time for unstructured and open-ended activities allows children to explore and develop at their own pace. As a result, they build confidence in their abilities, become comfortable with making mistakes and trying things multiple times, and feel accomplished in the work that they’ve done. Read the full article here
Preschool Nature Art Activity
Offer children a creative activity in nature to make meaningful connections between art and the natural world. Nature art opportunities spark a sense of wonder, develop observation skills, and inspire cross-curricular learning. Read the full article here.
How to create opportunities for dramatic play outside.
Use these easy tips, strategies and activity ideas to create more opportunities for dramatic play in the outdoor learning environment.
How to set up invitations to play using nature - ideas for educators!
Be inspired to set up invitations to play and learn using simple materials from nature with this collection of photos and ideas from early years educators!
Making mud stew - messy play for kids - Mother Natured
You'll feel like the best mother in the world if you let your kids get messy and make mud stew. You already have all the ingredients you need too!
Going On a Bear Hunt... for International Mud Day
Chances are, if you work with or have young children, you know the story We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. It's definitely a class favorite, and we love to watch the Youtube.com video of the author performing it. Check it out Going On a Bear Hunt, performed by Michael Rosen. Since the book involves mud, it fits with our mud theme for this week, so we read the book, and then went outside to act it out. Long wavy grass - oh no! "We can't go over it, we can't go under it, we've got…
Mud, Marvelous Mud: The Benefits of Mud Play
Michelle Rupiper explains the benefits of mud play for kids and includes some simple mud play ideas to help educators start a mud kitchen area as a learning opportunity for young children.