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How to Embrace Rainy Day Play

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How to Embrace Rainy Day Play
Yesterday morning I sat at my desk watching the kookaburras and the magpies forage in the grass - the incessant rain having bought worms to the surface. And then I spotted her. A child of about three stepped across the soggy grass, her gumboots squelching, toward the birds.

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5 Practical Ways to Support Mud Play

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5 Practical Ways to Support Mud Play
Sometimes I hear from educators that mud play is too much work, that the inevitable clean-up is too hard, that the time spent is too long. But I have to ask the question - what else are we doing that is more important?

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Return, and Return Again: How Revisiting Natural Spaces Benefits Children

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Return, and Return Again: How Revisiting Natural Spaces Benefits Children
What does it mean to return to the same natural spaces again and again with children? How does it benefit them, and the big question - won't they get bored?

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4 Ways to Support Barefoot Play

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4 Ways to Support Barefoot Play

I spend a lot of time barefoot. I am barefoot indoors, I am barefoot outdoors, and I prefer to drive with barefeet. This explains how one morning, many years ago when I was the director of a beautiful service, I got out of the car when I arrived at work, and realised that I had no shoes. Yes, I was going to be shoeless for the day. I quickly scanned my brain for important meetings, or activities that would require footwear, before deciding that I could probably manage the day without them.  While there are no doubt times where footwear...

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From Gaming to Games: 4 Ways to Spark Imaginative Play for School Aged Children

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From Gaming to Games: 4 Ways to Spark Imaginative Play for School Aged Children

  ** This post was originally written in 2019 and has been updated and resposted ** Two boys arrive at our TimberNook program full of stories of online gaming – stories that seem somewhat older than their 8-9 years. They argue (playfully) about who does what in Fortnite and how to get through certain challenges  or something to that effect (let’s be honest – I have no idea what Fortnite is all about!) As we settle into the morning, the group of children disperse on our bushland site and begin working on cubbies and hanging out on the tyre swing....

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