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The humble stick revealed as the must-have toy for summer. — National Trust Press Office — Old School Garden

Recent research has shown that children are now spending only half as much time playing outdoors as their parents’ generation did. If you’re concerned that your kids aren’t getting enough time out in the fresh air then help is at hand – in the form of the simple stick. We conducted a survey which showed […] […]

via The humble stick revealed as the must-have toy for summer. — National Trust Press Office — Old School Garden

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Report identifies ways to boost children’s quality of life through outdoor learning

Outdoor learning can have a significant and positive impact on children’s quality of life but needs to be introduced more formally into the school curriculum in order for its potential benefits to be fully realised, a new report led by Plymouth University and Western Sydney University suggests.

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Time for a Game Changer: Playgrounds Fight to Stay Relevant to Kids and Parents

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Stroll through your local playground on a summer day and take note of what’s missing: swings, seesaws, jungle gyms, and, all too often, children.

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Children should work less hard and play more at school, says headteachers’ leader

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Independent Association of Prep Schools chief says move would make children ‘achieve more’​

Children should be encouraged to work less hard and play more at school, a headteachers’ leader has said.

David Hanson, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, told his conference in Newport, Wales: “Our children should play more and work less in order to achieve more.”

If they play more widely, it gives them a wider world-view

David Hanson, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools

He warned that “not everything must appear to directly contribute to enhancing exam results”, adding: “If children love reading, playing games or watching their favourite TV programme, we should let them.

“If they play more widely, it…

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Michael Morpurgo: ‘The greatest danger you can put children in is making them feel they are not worthwhile’

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15th May 2015 at 17:00
Michael Morpurgo

As hundreds of thousands of pupils across England took key stage 2 Sats exams this week, the former Children’s Laureate hit out at the “maelstrom” of testing in primary schools.

Mr Morpurgo (pictured), who was instrumental in the successful campaign to remove the writing test for 11-year-olds in 2012, told TES that the increased focus on testing in schools put the wider purpose of education at risk.

“When you test children, whether you like it or not you create successes and failures,” he said. “I feel the greatest danger you can put children in is making them feel they are not worthwhile.”

Although the key stage 2 writing test was abolished after a long campaign and boycotts by the NUT and…

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Just because there is a wikipedia entry, doesn’t mean we have to subscribe to it.

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This fantastic post from writer Sharon Suchoval celebrates the fact that there are many ways to be a Mighty Girl!

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“According to Wikipedia: A tomboy is a girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy, including wearing masculine clothing and engaging in games and activities that are physical in nature and are considered in many cultures to be “unfeminine” or the domain of boys.

Just because there is a wikipedia entry, doesn’t mean we have to subscribe to it.
Some girls climb trees.
Some girls wear dresses.
Some girls climb trees while wearing dresses.

Don’t define people by how they play and don’t call girls boys (or boys, girls.)
If you want to paint your nails and then jump in the mud, go for it.
If you want to pull your hair in a ponytail and eat a cheeseburger, do it.
If you want to collect…

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Children That Play Outside In All Weather Grow Up Resilient

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From : https://wildearth.org/blog/children-that-play-outside-in-all-weather-grow-up-resilient


It seems like an obvious statement, so why don’t kids play outside in challenging weather nearly as much as they used to? Why are schools keeping kids inside at recess when the temperature gets too cold? What kind of adult will this type of childhood experience create?

Most challenges, risks, and hurdles are swiftly removed from childhood in efforts to prevent anything bad from happening to the children that we love.

As Winter ebbs and flows, with temperatures ranging from minus 25 to plus 10 in the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a wonderful range of opportunities with the programs we run. Challenges and opportunities. From freezing weather with blustery winds, to rain and floods in the parks where we work, to massive snowstorms full of amazing forts and fun!

Imagine children that have grown…

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Why kids should go barefoot more (and probably adults, too)

During an unseasonably warm day this past winter, my husband and I walked with our three boys to the playground down the street from our house. The sunshine was toasty and the boys were quick to take advantage of it. As soon as we arrived, all three of our little boys immediately shed the light jackets they had been wearing, along with their shoes and socks, and took off, small bare feet pounding and bouncing on the playground’s rubberized soft surface. They ran fast, climbed easily, using their feet to wrap around the poles they scaled, clearly delighted. It wasn’t long before a few other children at the playground caught on and attempted to remove their shoes and socks.

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Why adults have to stop trying so darn hard to control how children play

From – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/12/11/why-adults-have-to-stop-trying-so-darn-hard-to-control-how-children-play/

By Valerie Strauss December 11, 2015
Here’s a new piece from Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England. She has written a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “How schools ruined recess.” This post is the latest in her exploration of the effects on young children of limited movement. Her book, “Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children,” will be published in April 2016.
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