Children’s book recommendations

A book a day for nature play – week 5 of 30 Days Wild

This week completes 30 Days Wild 2021 and a wonderful June filled with random acts of wildness. And our final weekly selection of children’s picture book recommendations completes this year’s library for stimulating or responding to young children’s fascination with the natural world, and encouraging and enhancing play in and with nature: On Monday our Creatures …

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A book a day for nature play – week 4 of 30 Days Wild

This week of 30 Days Wild coincides with National Picnic Week, running from 19th – 27th June this year.  Picnics bring together everything about enjoying and appreciating being outdoors, and can be a marvellous way to spend time with others – both human and non-human! This week’s contribution for our Nature Play library collection might …

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A book a day for nature play – and a global Play Summit!

What a Wonderful World is most certainly the theme in nature right now!  Spring is close to turning into summer; the longest day is less than two weeks away; and it is so lovely to watch parent birds feeding their fluffy fledglings. This week’s collection of recommended picture books takes us past the halfway mark …

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A book a day for nature play – week 2 of 30 Days Wild

Tomorrow (5th of June), World Environment Day falls within the second week of 30 Days Wild, the Wildlife Trust’s challenge for everyone to partake in 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness across the month of June.  The compelling theme of World Environment Day this year is Reimagine: Recreate: Restore – let’s get …

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A book a day for nature play – week 1 of 30 Days Wild

30 Days Wild from The Wildlife Trusts is the UK’s biggest nature challenge!  The challenge is for you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness: we’re hoping that you have plans to participate with your children. It’s official! 30 Days …

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Sharing the nursery garden with our birds

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is just around the corner, taking place at any time between 29th and 31st of January, and I know that many early years settings are preparing to take part – adding to over 40 years of data gathering.  Clearly, it’s a great springboard too for bringing everyone’s attention to the …

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Rocks Rock: celebrating international stonework playday

In a post earlier this year, I shared my six favourite children’s books to support play with dandelions to celebrate the confluence of World Book Night and Earth Day on 22nd April.  Now, just over half of the year later, on the other side of the seasonal cycle, it’s time to celebrate one of my …

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Loose Parts and Transient Storytelling

Early Childhood Outdoors is keen to share resources that support the mission of “more children thriving outdoors, more often and for longer, benefiting from richer and more meaningful environments offering authentic, rewarding and satisfying experiences”.   We are especially enthusiastic when we can share and promote new materials produced by those who are part of the growing ECO …

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