Nature Play in the Schoolyard

I have been a proponent of nature play in and out of school time for twenty years.

But you all know this. I write about the benefits of nature, unstructured play, and reasonable risk for optimal child development all the time. In fact, it’s what The Grass Stain Guru blog is all about.

I stumbled on this lovely and powerful video that explores nature play in three schools in Scotland. It bares mentioning that the narrator states how the UK is far behind European schools embracing nature play. And let it said, the USA is far behind the UK in embracing nature play and reasonable risk for children.

Well, it’s time to play catch up!

Please watch this video for inspiration and ideas to bring nature to your school or center grounds.

 

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

photo by: reggestraat

Treading Softly with Sir Ken Robinson

If you are a regular reader, there’s no doubt you are well aware of my obsession admiration for Sir Ken Robinson. His name is no stranger to this blog, nor my Facebook or Twitter streams, conversations with random strangers, or

WWSKRD is my motto….(um, and tattoo).

Spend 19 minutes with Robinson, and once again be reminded of your role on this big blue marble of ours.  As a human. Hint: It is not to merely make it through or to “get on with it.”

If you are a parent, an educator or a policy maker — you have alternate roles you MUST consider.

As a member of the voting public, we all have parts to play. Voices to raise. Rights to exercise.

There is a revolution brewing. Be part of it. It’s just that simple.

It’s time to get disenthralled. I’m with ya, Ken!

Care to join me?

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

PS: Want more Sir Ken Robinson (and really, who doesn’t?!), check out some of my previous love letters posts:

Dear Santa: A Letter from The Grass Stain Guru

Creativity: Or What Kids Have Before We Teach It Out of Them

Breaking the Box: Permission to Dream

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