Investigation and exploration are key skills for lifelong learning. Natural play develops these skills in children in a way man-made toys don't, as traditional toys and equipment are designed to be used as the creator intends, while nature has no such prescription. Free play in nature allows children to discover more than the human mind can conceive, and no two children will play the same way and discover the same things in the same natural environment. Children have a natura
Childhood, particularly under the age of 12, is the most important time of our lives for developing an environmental identity. This is key for understanding our place in the world and our relationship with nature. While the best way to foster an environmental identity is through playing outside in nature, experiencing the changes in a natural element that you can develop a relationship with is a unique and exciting experience that contributes to a deep understanding of the na
Arguments are so often made about what children enjoy the most in play, but all children are different, and one of the most beautiful things is just sitting back and watching them explore the world around them. Whenever Gracie sees a puddle, she immediately takes off her shoes in preparation. Hot or cold, she doesn't mind, she just likes to splash and squish her toes in the mud, and feel the textures under the water, knowing that wet feet can always be dried!
Gracie is an ex
Safety concerns are often one of the things that deters people from creating natural play spaces and using organic play equipment, as it can be quite scary when you cannot predict how children will engage. However, natural play can be one of the safest and most rewarding play experiences for children. It is so important that children can engage in self-directed play, so they can develop their own ideas and discover their own passions. Though it can be tempting to fill playspa
The more time she spends exploring, the more Gracie understands about risk, and learns to make her own decisions about what to do! She found this log bridge at the Timber Creations yard.
"Check if it's wobbly!" she warned us, testing each log with her hands as hard as she could before making the next step.
Gracie learned this technique from balancing on the rocks that line the path at Nana and Grandpa's house. After stumbling on a particularly wobbly rock, she started test