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Outdoor Play For Children and Nature’s Sanity!

Outdoor play is slowly being realised for the prominent factor that it plays in child development.  However, there is still a long way to go in places, to rectify the damage that has been done in placing emphasis on conventional teaching and grades, at the expense of the children’s outdoor time.  Us grown ups are very slowly coming to the realisation that we could have caused a lot more harm than good, sacrificing playground time, in the pursuit of better performance and increased knowledge base.  I am here to run through the tip of the iceberg with regard to why play, and specifically outdoor play, is so important to children’s development.

First of all we need to look at the reasons why children’s outdoor play time has diminished so much.  It isn’t just down to schools being under pressure to perform better, and produce improved results.  There are other factors too.  Rightly or wrongly, there is the perceived threat of stranger danger.  A few generations ago children could explore for hours, even whole days, going quite far from their family home into areas, that as parents today, we wouldn’t let them go into alone.  I am thinking of places such as forests and woods.  Places that are natural playgrounds.  Parents are working more hours now, and in a lot of cases it is both parents, through necessity.  This leads to relying on other childcare options, instead of having a parent at home ready to supervise outdoor play.  Screens are a big thing in most households too. It’s the way technology and living has gone, but have we embraced their presence so much, that it’s now impinging on children actually wanting to get out into the great outdoors?  They can be a distraction to the more important job of play.  Then there are all the health and safety issues that surround other people (such as schools) that look after our children.  We have made them so fearful or litigation if one of our little people gets hurt, that there are now a huge amount of restrictions placed on outdoor play when it does happen.

Unfortunately, due the the factors mentioned, our children our facing a “nature deficit disorder”.  This is termed a disorder because they need nature and the outdoors to develop normally and healthily.  Play in the great outdoors supports development emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically.  It’s not something to be lightly dismissed. So, how is outdoor play more enriching than indoor play?  Anything that can be done indoors, once taken into the great outdoors becomes more of an adventure, so naturally more fun to do, and ultimately they remember the experience more.  The outdoors inspires them and challenges them to be more creative.  With fewer rules, the children are freer to let their imaginations take over.  They can challenge themselves more as well…..who doesn’t find climbing a tree a little thrilling and challenging (after all every tree is different).  From this kind of play you then get all the advantages of taking risks (see a previous post on the advantages of children taking risks http://mammasschool.co.uk/parenting/take-a-risk-explore-inside-a-tree/ ), as well as creativity, learning to adapt to their environment, and to go at their own pace.  The great outdoors provides the perfectly balanced sensory environment that at the same time has a calming effect (on the grown ups too – I am often able to cope better and be more patient outdoors with a trio who are less frustrated with each other, as there is the space to escape a situation if required).  Outdoor play is also naturally more unstructured, and this in turn lends itself to more curiosity and exploration.

Exposure to outdoor play is vital for children’s health and development, and a lack of it can lead to increased emotional problems, increased health problems, and a lack of concentration.  Recently, general awareness of children needing be outdoors has started to increase.  However, it still needs a bit more of a push.  You may or may not be aware of https://outdoorclassroomday.com/.  They try and help give schools that extra impetus to get outdoors for the day and experience for themselves the theory in practice.  They describe it as

“Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On Thursday 18 May 2017, thousands of schools around the world will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.”

So, if you are a teacher, use that day to try it out.  If you are a parent, make them aware of the date and offer support to help them provide this valuable resource for your child.  Visit their website for more details on the when, where, and why fores 🙂  The effort of getting the children outdoors might sometimes seem like a step too far if they put up resistance or if we as parents are tired, but the rewards once you are out there are limitless.  I urge you to go for it and experience for yourself what the outdoors can do for your children, and you as parents.  I don’t mean you need to climb Mt. Everest, what I do mean is children need an outdoor space to play in, and if possible, left to their own devices for a good chunk of time!

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Tiny Trolls Of Norway – There is No Such Thing As Bad Weather, Just Poor Clothing.

Tiny Trolls of Norway children's outdoor clothing www.mammasschool.co.ukTiny Trolls of Norway is a high quality children’s outdoor clothing company for ages 1-8 years.  The main aim of the business is to motivate and encourage families and their children out into the great outdoors. So, you can see similarities between my blog ethos and their’s already!  Our trio spend a huge amount of time in the great outdoors, and living in Sweden, this is pretty much in every kind of weather there is!  When Tiny Trolls of Norway contacted me and asked if my twins would like to put some of their clothing to the test, we felt we could certainly put it through its paces in our normal everyday life.  Not only is this the type of clothing we need for our lifestyle, this is the sort of clothing my double act need to turn up to förskola in to ensure they are dressed appropriately for that too.

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Take a Risk – Explore Inside a Tree

We have a special tree, that is affectionately called “our tree”.  It is about 5 minutes drive from our house, with great views over the fjords and of the setting sun.  You can climb up into this tree, and sit inside the middle.  The main branches going up from the trunk are hollow, allowing for crawling up inside and then out onto the sturdier peripheral branches.  There is a very large broken branch that goes at an angle from the mid section of the tree to the ground, which is fantastic for crawling up and testing your balance.  To clarify, this tree definitely fulfils one of the National Trust’s “50 things to do before you are 11 3/4; Explore inside a tree”, and certainly makes children take a risk (more about this topic later on in the post).

So, for this week’s adventure we headed off to explore inside a tree and to take a risk.  First though, we needed to have a little hike, have some food to eat, and then finish up at our tree to use the remaining energy up.  The fire pit I had in mind this week was on a little island.  When the tide is in, it’s quite hard to cross to and keep your feet dry (you need to go from the mainland, to a little island in the middle, then from that to the fire pit island).  We were lucky though, the tide was out, and the stepping stones (great adventure for the children) were raised well above the boggy squelchy mud.

Once onto our island with the fire pit, the children immediately set about testing their limits by climbing trees and running on the icy rocks (yes, it is still below zero here!).  This is something I’ve had to learn to embrace, as risk taking is very good for them and for their development (less good for Mamma’s heart rate and anxiety levels!).  I’ve had to learn to keep my mouth shut, and my “be careful” instincts to myself.  It is not until you actually say those words, that children doubt themselves, and once said and doubt is planted in their minds, then accidents are more likely to happen as confidence slips, thinking that there is something to worry about.  They are handling things perfectly fine until us grown ups interrupt!

Whilst they were all off exploring, discovering their limits, and doing a lot of risk taking, I set about getting the fire going for our tasty refuelling treat (and to warm my hands up).  The little lady hopped down from her tree to help me prepare the food supplies a little too.

I love our fires when we are out, and they serve as a bit of a focal area for the children to keep returning to, in between their exploring of the surrounding nature.  Reluctant to extinguish this one after our food, I put some more wood on, and sat back and enjoyed watching the trio play and discover.  I love being out with them as their best games are outside and without toys.  Our little lady spent ages excavating ice out of the sea, and stocking up the supply, to then systematically smash it.  Either dropping it from great heights to see how it flew apart, or breaking it up with a stick “to make music” as she put it.  They learn heaps in the outdoors using nature.

Then it was time to head over to our special tree.  For the next hour the children climbed up, through, and over, testing both theirs and the tree’s limits.  This is something that I am very passionate about, letting them test their limits.  I have been pushed more towards this style of parenting since having my twin boys (since they are risk addicts), but as I’ve gone through this learning process of letting them take risks, I have learnt that this is a much better way of parenting them.  We are (even if it is unintentionally) breeding a generation that will grow up unable to take a risk, and if they do take a risk, unable to manage that risk.  There are a few reasons for this.  There is a lot more screen time in our little people’s lives now, which consequently means less time outdoors climbing trees and swinging from home made swings.  We are more afraid of the presence of stranger danger, meaning our children don’t go out without us so much.  This alone has 2 impacts; they don’t get up to the antics of previous generations (so do not take a risk in their play) due to adult presence, and the adults in their lives need to be available to take them outdoors, which due to work pressures (and lets face it, needing a bit of our own down time), means they are indoors a lot more.  We are also a lot more sedentary about our lives in general too, and us adults don’t always set the best example about getting out there in the outdoors and nature.  Such reasons as ‘bad’ weather set the wrong example to the younger generation!

I have just finished the book by Angela Hanscom, “Balanced and Barefoot”, which has been a real eye opener.  In there she explains that if children don’t take a risk (and they needn’t be drastic), their development will suffer.  They need to practise assessing risk on their own, and this will in turn help them develop new essential skills.  She says; “Children are natural risk takers.  They need it.  They crave it”.  This is certainly true for our mini men, and becoming more true for our little lady.  Most of children’s risks are taken during unstructured play times, uncontrolled by grown ups.  Here they can learn to take those risks, as well as manage them and control them.  Very useful skills to have.  Angela Hanscom goes on in her book to explain how taking risks can increase their confidence and is of huge value to the child.  She explains how it “also helps children develop strong physical skills that support good body awareness”.  So, us grown ups need to listen to the message that she is putting across, and whilst it is scary for us parents to let them take those risks (and I really struggle to keep my mouth shut at times!), it is essential for them to be allowed to do so, and also given opportunity to do so.  I think the straw that broke the camel’s back regarding our decision to pull our daughter out of formal schooling in the UK, was, after a week of wet plays indoors (which I vehemently disagree with, but that is for another time), they had a really sunny autumn day at school.  When I asked her whether they had been allowed out that day at school, her response really shocked me:  “No Mamma.  All the leaves that have blown down in the storm made it too slippery for us to be outside”!!!!  We are protecting these children so much that it is going to have a huge detrimental impact on their lives.

So my three children, having had their dose of risk taking for the day, and thoroughly worn out, did not argue when I suggested that it might be time we headed home.  We love our tree, and I know we will be back many more times, and perhaps even get to paddle in those waters when they weather does eventually kick winter into touch, and warm up 🙂

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Country Kids

Mud Play!

Throughout my blog posts, I have always emphasised how unstructured outdoor, and preferably muddy, play is best for children.  There are lots of benefits for the little people, both physically and mentally (I have other posts that have been published about this in more detail).  Mud play is one example of this is action.  My trio are constantly trying to dig holes everywhere, like little triplet moles.  To one side of garage there used to be a huge pile of chopped wood.  When we first moved in I moved all the wood into the cellar, for it to be kept dry.  This left the best patch of soggy bare mud ever.  Best for them, as it was large and could be dug and played with to their hearts’ content, best for me because my plants aren’t getting dug up, and also it can’t be seen 😉  After the recent large snow melt, this mud was now in tip top condition for an exceedingly muddy play!

I have given them old saucepans, and utensils too, which they keep outside.  They happily did mud play in their mud bath for a few hours and I was presented with hot chocolate and a side order of nuts from the little lady, and a blueberry pie from the mini men!  As the grown up and the laundry fairy, I inwardly cringe at the amount of mud that is getting everywhere, but I know I have to bite my tongue, as the benefits to my trio hugely outweigh any inconvenience to me 🙂

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Balanced and Barefoot -The Importance of Unrestricted Outdoor Play.

I have just finished reading “Balanced and Barefoot” by Angela J Hanscom.  It is a book about “how unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children”.  I am a huge advocate of outdoor play for my trio (just in case you’ve never read the blog before).  Outdoor play in all weathers, at all times of the year, and in all locations.  So I was reading this book already believing in its message, but some of the facts and evidence thoroughly shocked me.  What we are doing (without realising it necessarily) to our children is not good at all 🙁

We all know that the combination of more parents working, less outdoor play at school (whether through curriculum pressure or as a sanction), the fear of stranger danger, and the introduction of more screen forms of play, are reducing the amount of time our little people spend in outdoor play mode.   However, it is not just about getting children outdoors and playing, it is about giving them the gift of unstructured outdoor play…no adult intervention, no adult scheduling, no adult rules, and no adult ideas 🙂  The outdoor play though invigorates them and makes them use all their senses.  They start to negotiate, do teamwork, overcome problems, and use creative thinking.  They learn to take risks and to manage risks.

There are a huge range of other benefits to outdoor play as well.  Our children’s posture is progressively getting worse, they fidget more, and they have a greater amount and range of emotional issues.  This book takes each problem and explains why it is happening, and then what we can do to help our children not needlessly go through these problems.  For example, I never knew that a child spinning in circles until it got so dizzy it fell over was so important for its development.  The physiological whys and wherefores though are written in the book in black and white.  Very plain for all to see that this, along with a lot of other play forms, need to be actively encouraged, and our adult sensible voices and priorities silenced.  The book also goes through the reasons why it is so important that this unstructured play takes place outside.  Unstructured indoor play is good, but there is no substitute when it comes to making sure children have opportunity for outdoor play every day.

I really recommend this book to read.  It is easy to read and written by a paediatric occupational therapist.  She explains in no uncertain terms (and very easily understood ones that are quite frightening to hear), why outdoor play is “vital for your child’s cognitive and physical development”.  The best bit is that she offers ways to help us go forward to rectify the mistakes us adults are making, that affect our children.

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We Are Going Out…….In Quite a While!

This is one of my new “Christmas” books.  “A Natural Sense of Wonder” by Rick Van Noy.  It’s been a fantastic and easy read, which is what I need right now, with the little trio’s lives consuming mine!!  I could really relate to it, and everything as a father he does, and goes through to get his children out of those bloomin’ doors to the outside world!  He’s quite funny and down to earth with how he writes too…..in my head my writing sounds just like his (hee hee!!!)  He’s made me feel more “normal” about what we are doing.  I never expected it to make me feel better about how I deal with our three or what we experience, I just got it as it was about connecting children to nature, something I am passionate about.  However, it has served a much appreciated second purpose too.  I am not alone when I think raising children can have its incredibly frustrating moments.  It doesn’t mean I don’t love them or want them around.  It just means it is a tough job.  I love his phrase “If you can’t beat them, they have to join you” referring to things he used to do pre-children…this is a bit like if I want a run….they have to come on various bikes and scooters so some sort of run can be achieved 🙂

My three love the outdoors and nature, we are all happier outdoors, there are less fights and arguments outdoors, and they soon get lost in wonder, amazement, discovery, and all the physical adventures to be had……so what is the issue?

The issue is in winter (today sits at -10), it takes a lot of clothing to be worn to be able to enjoy being outdoors….life is not good cold or wet!  There are three children to get all this claptrap onto.  Despite ample room to put on said claptrap, it invariably turns to fisticuffs about who’s in whose way, and who knocked over whose boots….oh the joys.  I thank my lucky stars that we’ve moved on from first of all catching, then wrestling 2 crazy twins into all their outdoor clothing, and they can do it themselves now!  Then on top of that we have a little home boy, who hates the idea that he might have to leave the house at some point in the day.  Mini man no.2 is known to say things like, “please can we never go outside again Mamma” or “I never want to go for another walk”!  He, perhaps more than the other 2, gets the most benefit from being outside.  He needs the physical challenges that are out there.  He needs to let off steam and frustration from being bossed around by his big sister and his more dominant twin.  He is a very sensitive and emotional little guy, and nature seems to just even him out a little, and put him in a happier place.

Like the father writes in his book, I try and give them warning to make sure they are prepared and there is no sudden extraction from whatever indoor activity they are engrossed in.  His and our experiences of getting out of the house follow along the same tracks, making what I experience with my three feel a lot more normal.  I love how he writes about the car seats and anger……who knew putting three children into a car, could cause quite a patient Mamma to want to throw the seats out and set fire to them!  We have to have a certain order of them getting in, as once one is in, it is so hard to plug the other two in!  The little lady has to sit in the middle to make the seats fit, and has to virtually squash mini man no.1 in his seat, leaning over, so I can find her seat belt plug which hides under her booster!  Then I can only get number three in by completely rotating his chair and then twisting him back…..and yes, after each child I invariably whack my head (so that’s three times) on the car roof.  This week has brought another issue too, while they race around procrastinating about leaping into the car, my fingers at -10 are getting to such a painful point, rendering them near useless on the doing seat belts up function!

Finally when we are all out, we are all happy, and we are all enjoying whatever the weather is throwing at us…..it was worth all the effort….right??!!!! For this…..most definitely!

I love this book, and I am so glad I got it 🙂

 

 

Winter Hibernation!

The icy winds are howling round the house, making the snow fall sideways, with a hop, skip, and a dance.  It’s a day for catching up with ourselves after being out on adventures for 2 days.  There’s only so long it is enjoyable being outside in gusty ice winds with snow stinging your faces, even with the right clothing 🙂

So, this morning I gave the children all morning to play…..unstructured, undirected, pure child led play.  Meanwhile I got on with the housework, and sorting the blog out a bit.  After this, I decided to get on with something that had been on my mind to do for a few days now.  Since having the twins life has been fairly full on, with just simple things like sleep or reading a book (a page before I fall asleep at night!) being a luxury.  They say, as a mum, it is important to make time for yourself, but it is very often impossible (I know Dadda goes to work, but at least he can wee in peace, and even get some Swedish learnt on the bus to work, but everything I do comes with three little beings attached to me!  That makes getting anything done a very rare occasion…..mind you with the dog passing away it is one less demanding my attention in the bathroom when I do go to the loo!!).  Even with everything we encourage in our home with them playing without us helicoptering over them etc, it can still feel like someone always needs you for some sort of crisis (usually involving me producing one of two things….loctite glue or a cuddle!).  If not, it is a rare opportunity to try and get some of the jobs done off the “to do” list.  There just never seems a time to revert to being someone other than Mamma.  So, today, possibly for the first time since having the twins I decided to get my flute out.  Even pre twins it wasn’t very often due to the dog barking along in what I’m sure he thought was a lovely accompaniment!  The flute has always sat there, on top of the piano, reminding me of a past life, and the children have always known it was there, but for a few moments today it seemed to surprise them I could do something else other than wash up and pick up toys.  My jaw ached, and I am sure my tummy muscles have had their best workout in years, but it was nice to do.  I have selected a few pieces I am now going to work on, and try and get up to scratch.  It was very strange though…it was like my conscious brain struggled to read the music but before I knew it my fingers were doing their own thing.  It is many many years more than five years (more like 20) since I have played regularly, and the same with the piano.  So that was next….and the children were just as shocked!  Again, I have dug out some pieces to learn properly, and again while my brain was struggling to comprehend what was on the paper, my fingers were not doing too badly.  I’m not making any huge promises to myself though, but even just 10 minutes a week on each instrument would be progress.  Even to get any physical exercise done, I have to make sure I am out of bed and have it done before they get up (yawn).   The funniest thing to come out of the morning was, when I went to pull the flute through afterwards to clean it.  I looked at the old hanky in the case, and said out loud…”I think I could do with swapping this for a fresh hanky”.  At which our little lady pipes up, “What’s a hanky??”!!!!  There’s a girl brought up on disposable tissues (on a good day), but usually a scrap of kitchen roll!!

The afternoon brought the time for hot drinks and Christmas cake, and snuggling on the sofa with books.  We read some things related to our Nature Curriculum topic for the week (which will be revealed in another post), and then we settled down with a book Father Christmas gave our little lady.  We love Brambly Hedge, and I had the four books Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn which I passed onto our little lady.  Father Christmas brought her a collection of four other stories from Brambly Hedge, and today we read “The Secret Staircase”.  We chose it simply because it was the first story in the book, but it was very apt being about mid winter 🙂  Snuggling only works for so long though with three little people, before they start to wind each other up, so I have now sent them outside, wrapped up to enjoy the last hour of daylight, and try not to get blown away!

 

A Look Back at 2016.

Happy New Year…or Gott Nytt År!!  2016 has seen a huge amount of change for our not so little family, and lots of adventures.  It was about 2 weeks into January when we took the momentous decision to home educate our children.  Our daughter was just starting her second term of junior school and we were to hear any day about the twins infant school places for September, when Dadda and I suddenly realised, we don’t have to put our children through this just because that’s what is conventional and what everyone else does!  Our mini men were thriving in their forest school environment, learning well (and enjoying it), whereas our little lady was becoming a shadow of herself rather fast.  When our 7 year old beautiful, full of life, school loving daughter moved to junior school, we had prepared ourselves for the increase in learning tempo.  However, what we were not prepared for was watching our creative, nature loving daughter almost shrivel up with school and begin to dread each school day.  She loved to write stories, paint, create, and make, but access to these pleasures was reduced.  Well, virtually non-existent.  She always worked hard and therefore did well at maths and English, and anything else that was put her way, but there was no place for her own talents, abilities, and interests to be nurtured.  Then there are our 2 beautiful twin boys that are always going to be round pegs in square holes with the educational system in the UK, preferring to do most of their learning by any physical means available and preferably outdoors covered in mud!  I wasn’t exactly looking forward to having all three in school, but I’d be lying to say after nearly 5 years of looking after twins plus an older one full time (and our boys are fairly intense mainly due to the speed they move at, and my friends can testify they are rather good escape artists!), that I hadn’t been looking forward to a bit of a breather!  However, it turns out it was probably the best decision we have ever made as parents.  Within weeks, our little lady was back to herself, enjoying playing outdoors, enjoying playing with her toys and using her imagination, doing arts and crafts whenever she felt like it, not exhausted for no apparent reason, her mysterious “spinny heads” had gone, and the icing on the cake….she got to do forest school too!!

 

Due to now home schooling and having no commitments on a day to day basis, we spent the next 7 months having some amazing adventures….with all 3 little people.  We spent most of our time outdoors, in all weathers, and we were able to go with the flow much more, which again suited all three of them.  There was no hurrying resistant twins up in the morning, there was no awkward hour between school and supper where all three raged war and were monkeys, life was a lot more settled in general.

Unfortunately, at the end of June we lost out Border Collie, Jack.  He was 12.5 years old, and had gone through a lot in his little life…he was very accident prone and his insurance certainly proved its worth!  He also went from being our baby, to adjusting to life with one baby, and then a pair of twins!  He loved them dearly, followed them around, and generally found his purpose as the under table hoover.  He was a gorgeous, very unique, and very loving dog, and I miss him a lot.

 

Then we made a huge life changing move, by uprooting our whole family to Sweden.  It has been a long ambition of Dadda’s and mine to live in Scandinavia, and especially having children made us want to do it all the more.  We wanted our children to experience an upbringing based on the outdoors, an education with less emphasis on tests, a society that ensures children get to be children and a lot of emphasis on play, a culture where letting children take risks is normal, and where meatballs are in great supply 😉 !!!!

So, quite a few big changes in 2016, and I am going to leave you with some photos of our highlights 🙂

 

Sewing Machines!

So, yesterday it was the day to refresh the brain in making slide samples and using microscopes, today it was learning the completely new skill of using a sewing machine!!  Despite many attempts at learning, both in the home and at school, I never grasped this skill, resorting back to hand sewing everything.  Taking a lot longer, but a lot more certain in my skills!  That is to be no longer, with our little lady unwrapping a sewing machine for Christmas from her grandparents.  Another day, another new learning experience!  This one was a bit trickier with the instructions not being the clearest of things.  We learnt how to set it all up, wind bobbins, thread needles, etc etc.

Mini man no.1 was watching intently throughout, and taking it all in.  This is the little man that spent the morning causing a wee bit of chaos, but was then totally enthralled by the sewing machine!  We found an old scrap of material, and spent a little while working our way through all 12 types of stitches.  We were then stuck a little as I had no other material and hadn’t read my own Pinterest board yet for ideas!  However, a little bit of a brainwave led me to a hand sewing kit our little lady received for her birthday last year, and in there were some cut out felt shapes to hand sew some mini toys.  We grabbed them, and made them using the sewing machine.  A little bit fiddly for our first task, but we managed (in the end), and she was very happy!!  I know I am in a whole heap of trouble though as I could see her brain furiously whirring away, thinking about all the creations she could now make, and I’ll need to somehow facilitate these (and I thought the Rapunzel in her tower birthday cake was her worst idea ever…I’ve got a feeling that might get trumped!).  I now need a day for my brain to rest before my Fishing for Beginners book arrives!!!!

Follow On Pintrest!

I’ve recently been working really hard on ideas boards on Pintrest.  So, if you like what we do, or what we are about, hop over to Pintrest and have a look, under the people tab, at Mamma’s School (or type Mamma’s School into the search box).  I’ll leave a list below of my boards to see if one would take your fancy, and you either follow that board or Mamma’s School, you will hear about when I add new ideas to them 🙂  I’ll be adding to these boards a lot over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes on them!!  Here’s what boards we are compiling at the moment…..

30 days wild, outdoor crafts, nature play, home education, beach play, outdoors, forest school, Halloween, outdoor learning, nature quotes, VW, dinosaur home education, fairy craft, fairy home education, pirates home education, rock experiments, soil experiments, friction experiments, resistance experiments, gravity experiments, buoyancy experiments, magnet experiments, levers pulleys and gear experiments, stone age art, stone age study, iron age study, iron age art, roman art, exploring nature, science, Christmas activities and crafts, Sweden, Scandinavian Christmas, children sewing machine, beginners fishing, microscope activities, creative play, unplugged childhood, creative learning, beach classroom, garden classroom, and finally, play…….have a peak and enjoy some inspiration 🙂

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