Book Recommendations

Woodwork: Exercising the imagination

One of the silver linings emerging as we have been adjusting to many months of pandemic restrictions is that so much training has been made available digitally, becoming more accessible and cheaper than ever before.  But as Kathy Brodie counsels in this month’s Nursery World, “The online marketplace [for training] has exploded.. which is fantastic …

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Outdoor play books now all available in one place!

A marvellous collaborationA bespoke online bookstore for almost all of the books for adults on Outdoor Play published in the UK (and some from beyond) is now available, thanks to a great collaboration between Early Childhood Outdoors and Richard Myers at Books Education. Richard has been providing a fantastic range of books on all aspects of …

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Making a Mud Kitchen grows ever more international for Mud Day 2020!

Liz Edwards, founder of Muddy Faces, and I met way back at the beginning of this century (2001 I think it was) and we’ve been working in an increasingly collaborative way ever since – the core of this began 10 years later with our shared love of and belief in MUD.  This year, International Mud …

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Dandelion Virtues: the merits of the undervalued ‘weed’

Dandelion Virtues: the merits of the undervalued ‘weed’ – and some more books about dandelions! Ralph Waldo Emerson apparently said that a weed is ‘a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered’, and my reply in the previous Dandelion Appreciation post was that the dandelion is a plant whose virtues we had already long …

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Playing and Learning Outdoors

The monthly ECO reading recommendation This monthly post aims to let you know about specialist books that support thinking and action towards our mission of ‘more children thriving outdoors, more often and for longer, benefiting from richer and more meaningful environments offering authentic, rewarding and satisfying experiences’. Let’s kick off with the new edition of …

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