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A place for me to share ideas, research and inspiring stories about nature-based play spaces.
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THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND OF MY CHILDHOOD

THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND OF MY CHILDHOOD | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
A recent social media exchange with Norwegian architect, playspace expert and pedagog Svene Frode on the topic of treehouses and the constructions of our youth, prompted me to recall nature-based episodes of my own childhood.
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KidActive - Timeline Photos | Facebook

KidActive - Timeline Photos | Facebook | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
KidActive reached more than 500 kids so far in 2014 and look what they say about natural play and learning spaces . . . more trees, hills & flowers.
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playscapes: Thoughts on Playground Preservation, Central Park, New York City

playscapes: Thoughts on Playground Preservation, Central Park, New York City | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
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Think your kids spend too long playing video games? Don't hire an assassin - The Guardian

Think your kids spend too long playing video games? Don't hire an assassin - The Guardian | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
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Think your kids spend too long playing video games?
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Not strictly on topic - but some interesting comments here to think about.

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Promoting Nature-Based Free Play in a Boston Public School ...

Robin Moore found that when he and community members in Berkeley, California, turned an asphalt school playground into a heavily vegetated natural area, children at recess tended to be less bored and restless and were ...
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Why science is like play

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Beau Lotto says the essence of science is the playful search for an answer, conducted through experiments.
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Why Finland's Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World

Why Finland's Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
It ignores the tactics its rivals hold so dear.
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Artist crochets fabulous playgrounds for kids - Mother Nature Network

Artist crochets fabulous playgrounds for kids - Mother Nature Network | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
The idea behind Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam's lovely, loopy play structures was born when children started playing on the designer's crochet sculpture in an art gallery.
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Lindsey Lindgren's curator insight, June 4, 2014 8:13 PM

 Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam created a work of art that children could safely play in. She created this after children had originally started to play in one of her installations. The colors, shapes, patterns, and overall design encourages a child's imagination and natural curiosity. 

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In praise of crawling and climbing

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Letters: Children benefit socially, physically and emotionally from spending time outside and learning for themselves how to play in, explore and respect the natural environment...
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2012 November 20 | Newsroom for Journalists, University of Nevada, Reno

2012 November 20 | Newsroom for Journalists, University of Nevada, Reno | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
The University of Nevada, Reno’s Child and Family Research Center recently collaborated with the Nevada Museum of Art to host the “More Than a Playground” Early Childhood Symposium.
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Creating natural play spaces is the way of the future

Creating natural play spaces is the way of the future | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
Re: Fitness and parks, guest column, by Hilary Payne, Nov. 3. Coun.  Hilary Payne, in my 15 years experience caring for children, I’ve noticed some...
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Zoo to build 'learning playground' - Jamaica Plain Gazette

Zoo to build 'learning playground' - Jamaica Plain Gazette | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
Zoo to build 'learning playground' Jamaica Plain Gazette Franklin Park Zoo announced last week plans to replace its children's zoo section with a $6.6 million “learning playground” project called “Nature's Neighborhoods.” The “nature-based...
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You Can't Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make ... - Truth-Out

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In the face of this indoor-ification of early childhood, a cultural and educational movement is emerging—focused on new approaches to nature-based education.
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playscapes: MoMA Playground Symposium talks are online!

playscapes: MoMA Playground Symposium talks are online! | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
But the "Playful Objects" presentation by Neil Stevenson of IDEO reminded me of the aspirational nature of children's play. Children like to 'play up', as it were, which is why Barbie, a toy intended originally for 13-year olds is ...
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Paige from playscapes provides a terrific synopsis of MoMA's The Child in the City of Play Symposium presentations.

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Letting Children Go Wild - National Wildlife Federation

Letting Children Go Wild - National Wildlife Federation | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
A new approach to the design of play areas is giving a boost to childhood health and development (Interested in natural play spaces? Check out our Charlotte Nature Museum in Nat'l Wildlife Magazine!
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What is nature deficit disorder?

What is nature deficit disorder? | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
My brother Paul, who started this blog with me a few years ago, used a phrase recently that I’ve not heard before – ‘nature deficit disorder’. He’s been involved with a nascent conservation program...
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Julia Steiny: The Jury’s In, Screen Time Hurts Little Kids | Education News

Julia Steiny: The Jury’s In, Screen Time Hurts Little Kids | Education News | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
by Julia Steiny I study kids and families when I’m out in public, and recently observed this crazy-making family: Dad pushed a double stroller with a young toddler and a girl who looked too old to be caught dead in …...
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Place-based pedagogies in early childhood and primary school ...

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“I like being able to help, I was proud that we were part of the design of the playground and I am glad other kids and their families will get to play on it.” “Doing stuff on the interactive ...
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Meet the Artist Behind Those Amazing, Hand-Knitted Playgrounds

Meet the Artist Behind Those Amazing, Hand-Knitted Playgrounds | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
Wonder Space II, by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Interplay, at Hakone Open Air Museum. Photo © Masaki Koizumi.
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Connecting Kids and Nature: Working Towards 10 Million Kids Outdoors - National Wildlife Federation

Connecting Kids and Nature: Working Towards 10 Million Kids Outdoors - National Wildlife Federation | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
National Wildlife Federation supports the priority of connecting children and families to nature. Children should have access to the outdoors, time to explore the wonders of nature and establish connections that will last a lifetime.
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Natural Playgrounds are on the rise in Ontario…..Here’s why: @ Quiet Nature | Landscape Designers | Landscape Contractors | Landscape Maintenance | Lawn Maintenance and Care | Water and Pond Featur...

Natural Playgrounds are on the rise in Ontario…..Here’s why: @ Quiet Nature | Landscape Designers | Landscape Contractors | Landscape Maintenance | Lawn Maintenance and Care | Water and Pond Featur... | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
Quiet Nature is your premier landscape designer, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance company in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Ayr, Paris and St. George area of Southern Ontario.
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If children lose contact with nature they won't fight for it

If children lose contact with nature they won't fight for it | The Nature of Play | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: With half of their time spent at screens, the next generation will be poorly equipped to defend the natural world from harm...
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