“Wonder is triggered by beauty, by new discoveries, and by our imaginations. Children live in a constant state of wonder. They’re always learning, exploring, and discovering new things. Children are born with all the wonder they will ever need. Our job is not to take it away.” – Ainsley Arment, The Call of the Wild and […]
As we think back to our childhoods, many of us can remember our favourite memories taking place outdoors in our backyard, the neighbours backyard or down the road. We used what was around us to create our own play spaces in which we would spend hours in imaginative play, cubbies and treehouses, homes and bases, […]
NaturallyGC Junior Wild Defenders
The NaturallyGC Junior Wild Defenders program aims to empower young people to take action to preserve nature and learn about the importance of our flora, fauna and the environment around us through interactive and engaging educational booklets. Each booklet includes several challenges and tasks to prompt child-led exploration of a nature or conservation-based topic. Some […]
Outdoor Learning Every Day with Outdoor Classroom Day!
Think about the last time you saw a child grinning wildly, bursting with excitement, and eager to explore. Chances are they were outside in the playground at break time, not sitting in class trying to grasp a new mathematical concept. But what if you could harness the same energy for both? What if that distant […]
7 Tips for camping with kids
If you adopt the right steps, camping with kids can be huge fun. Even the younger kids should be part of your camping – it is never too early for them. Nature offers a complete-sensory experience. And, making family camping one of your family fun activities is a wonderful way to introduce the beauty of […]
How can ecotourism sites endorse conservation through nature play?
Ecotourism sites are great places for developing environmental stewardship in young children by embedding nature play in their operations. Nature play offers an ideal way for getting young children interested in nature and its protection. Through free play, exploration, investigation and discovery, they are embodying the diversity of nature and thus, connecting with it. Playing […]
Primary School Incursions Boost Wellbeing Through Creative Nature Play
Students are introduced to the health and wellbeing benefits of indoor plants through the creative activity of making their own Kokedama. Kokedama, a form of Japanese bonsai, replace a traditional planter pot with a spherical ball of soil wrapped in moss and string. Following the workshop, the individual plantings are then assembled to create a […]
Bush Knowing Forest School: connecting with the creek
Each year with a different cohort of children considerations and informed decisions are made to ensure that our interactions and connections with the creek continue in a safe though balanced way -with every child’s need to be challenged and take risks in their learning journey. To support my learning journey l became a Forest School […]
What is Physical Literacy? And Why Does it Matter?
Until I was about twelve, I was a city kid through and through. I went to a school wedged between skyscrapers and lived in an inner suburb with a front door opening straight onto the busiest street in my suburb. By today’s standards, I had a surprising amount of freedom. My sister and I took […]