The Pros and Cons of Forest Schools

We’re beginning to see that models of education based around rote learning and based within the confines of a classroom don’t suit every individual’s needs. Society as a whole is also beginning to recognise the holistic value of the education setting for its ability to instill personal and social values, nurture relationships and create associations that prompt positive well-being for children as they grow.

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The benefits of sensory play for children with special educational needs

Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash Sensory play is important for the cognitive development of all children but it’s especially vital for children with autism and other special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). In essence, sensory play is any activity that stimulates a child’s senses while involving movement and balance. The benefits of sensory play…

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Six great outdoor learning activities for children

Are you looking for some inspirational outdoor learning activities for your little ones? Then look no further. Here are six fun, educational ideas for inspiring a love of the outdoors, whatever the weather. Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash 1. Make a bug hotel. This absorbing activity is great for children of all ages. To…

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Landscape design for child-friendly gardens

Outdoor play is fundamental to the social development of every child and the garden is a unique and special place that offers a retreat into the natural world. Designing a garden for a school, nursery or playgroup – or simply breathing new life into the family garden – is a wonderful way to guarantee that…

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10 gardening gifts for children | Landscapes 4 Learning

Ten Christmas gift ideas for young gardeners Photo by Filip Urban on Unsplash Outdoor play is a precious and vital part of every child’s development. Providing children with opportunities to explore the natural world through creative play is one of the best things we as caregivers can give them. With this in mind, and with…

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Five creative fairy garden landscaping ideas

Fairy gardens enchant and delight children – and adults – of all ages, providing an escape from the stresses of everyday life and encouraging imaginative play. We all know that getting out into the garden is good for the soul, and what better way to get creative outside than by making a fairy garden? Unleash…

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Why every school and nursery should have an outdoor classroom

The rise in popularity of forest schools over the years is a fantastic sign that educators all over the country are recognising the value of an outdoor learning experience. For many children, this is the only opportunity to learn about nature, and it’s far more exciting to do this outside of a traditional classroom. Being…

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How to build a den!

Children young and old (and even adults too!) love nothing more than to build a den. It is perhaps because this basic need for shelter is buried so deep within our DNA that it feels so appealing. Since human beings first existed, creating a safe haven has been one of the highest priorities for survival.…

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