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The benefits of climbing frames for children

We all know the benefits of outdoor play versus sitting kids in front of screens inside, but it is surprising just how far-reaching those positive outcomes are. Climbing frames are...
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Our favourite pieces of outdoor learning equipment

‘Outdoor learning’ is such an umbrella term, used for all sorts of situations around being with kids, outside! Whether you’re trying to take a more traditional classroom-style learning environment into...
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Should outdoor learning be part of the curriculum?

We all have a vague sense that children should be outside; we’ve all been herded outdoors as children, and as adults have felt creeping unease about parking children in front...
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What are the essentials for an outdoor classroom?

All over the UK, more and more schools are realising the benefits of outdoor learning and are moving some of their classes outside into purpose-built outdoor classrooms. Outdoor learning is...
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Frolicking in Nature is Serious Business

“Nature wants children to be children before men […] Childhood has its own seeing, thinking and feeling.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau  Getting developing children out into nature - to play, forage, climb...
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Outdoor learning in all weathers: How to build your outdoor classroom for all weather conditions

Outdoor learning has been shown to enhance interpersonal communication skills between children, as well as supporting their mental health. It provides a heightened awareness of, and appreciation for the environment,...
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Building an Outdoor Classroom: Where to start

Plenty of studies over the years have illustrated the positive impact of outdoor play and the outdoors generally upon students and learning. Whether it’s for a Forest School specifically or...
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What outdoor play equipment should I get my child?

Most parents and carers love the idea of encouraging active play outside. It can be imaginative and sociable, as well as great for physical development and fitness.  But outdoor playsets...
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4 Ideas for Muddy games with kids

The idea of actively encouraging children to play in mud makes the colour drain from many parents’ faces. We get it - everybody will definitely need a thorough wash by...
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Somewhere only we know: Why children need a place of their own

Do you remember being lost in imaginative play when you were a child? Living in a dream scenario that you, and perhaps your friends, had built together?  Den building is...