50 Fantastic Ideas for Exploring Nature
Authors: Kate Bass, Jane Vella
9781472919205 | PB | pp. 64 | 2016 | Bloomsbury
The activities mentioned in this book, 50 Fantastic Ideas for Take-Home Activities, are all designed to encourage creative play and exploration, and inspire tasks set for home learning.
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Using natural resources has long been part of the Montessori and Steiner philosophies and some mainstream early years provisions were already starting to emulate this practice. Recent evidence demonstrates how practitioners recognise the benefits of offering children open-ended activities using natural resources. Not all settings are fortunate enough to have access to a forest or indeed have trained staff, but it is possible to create naturalistic playspaces. Without specialist training practitioners will learn easy ways to develop their children’s understanding of how to grow plants, use tools, construct dens and shelters and explore transient art.
The activities in 50 Fantastic Ideas for Exploring Nature offer opportunities for open-ended play while the children are off exploring nature and the great outdoors. Here the authors, Kate Bass and Jane Vella, share with you some of their favourite resources, with ideas from how to enhance your ‘mud kitchen’ to developing narrative and exciting opportunities to develop creativity while enriching children’s language and communication.
Kate Bass, Jane Vella
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