Why use the Nature Play Strategies?
Engaging with young children whilst discovering nature can prove to be challenging or require thinking outside of the box. The different learning tools below are presented to help educators be and feel more equiped when exploring nature play and outdoor educational experiences.
The examples chosen are the results obtained from a two year research project led by the School of Education of Southern Cross University, showcasing activities used in Australian schools. Below are 14 different strategies to explore further by clicking the links/images.
Acknowledgement of Country, active respect and caring for the land
Removing toys from outdoor area
Grow and harvest wheat, grind wheat, bake bread
Walk out the gate – bush and city adventures
ANimals under the microscope, arts-based exploration of the more-than-human, community exhibition
FRee play at bush kindy
Where have all the turtles gone? – local lake visit
Bringing nature inside for free play
Mapping the local community
Sensorial bushwalk, animal search
VISITs on Country