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January Inspiration

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Many people consider January to be a difficult and sometimes depressing month.  Frigid cold temperatures and few daylight hours can make it tricky to remain optimistic.  I must say that this year our warmer temperatures have been making it a little easier.

Here we are excited as we are busy with preparations for Nature Summit 2012.  For those of you who are looking for some inspiration here is a list of some interesting reads and resources from across the web;

An article from Northern Ireland about their development of a website that was designed to give teachers the confidence to use the outdoors as a classroom

A strategic document from Education Scotland that outlines practical steps a school can take to embedding outdoor learning into its curriculum and overall approach to learning and teaching

Acceptable risk? — Concrete playstructures  built in 1959 Paris – the slide is my favourite

Here’s a fun online activity from the WWF – take the quiz and discover your inner animal

This is an interesting article about the problems associated with today’s playgrounds being ‘too safe’

I just love this post about some inspiring playground designs

Perfect for winter – here’s a list of 32 snow related activities

Together in Nature is an amazing resource about family bonding

Check out this article about efforts to reconnect China’s urban children with nature

Here’s a great collection of documents about various school environments

This is an inspiring story about the lifelong effect of gardening

Nature Gate is a fantastic resource to help identify the plants and creatures that you discover

Personally I find this a little disturbing but just in case your interested here’s the page for an indoor park that boasts about the opportunity to experience nature without having to endure adverse outdoor conditions

This is a list of resources for creating natural play spaces

 Building your curriculum part 1 and part 2

Great article about children and nature

Terrific resource about providing outdoor play that meets the needs of 2 year olds

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