I’ve been at this game of connecting children (and their adults!) to nature for a long time. One of the things that I have always said was missing in our efforts is a true marketing and media campaign.
Sound daft? It’s not. Let’s face it — marketing works for a reason.
I am so excited to see the film, Project Wild Thing! Watch the trailer below, and I’m sure you will be as well.
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.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” ~ Dr. Seuss
Last month, I wrote a different type of New Year’s Resolution post — one that focused on more balance, joy and play rather than deprivation, which is the usual theme.
What I’ve discovered over the years is that if I don’t check back in on what I wrote down, then the process of writing down goals or resolutions — new year’s or otherwise — doesn’t do a bit of good.
So, let’s have a check in, shall we? How are you doing in your quest for more balance, joy and play?
To refresh your memories, here is the list of items to pursue with abandon in this glorious year, 2012.
What should you Do More of in 2012:
Laugh (to the verge if incontinence)
Play (like your life depends on it)
Dance (whether there is music or not)
Jump (for joy)
Make time for your friends
Soak in a bubble bath
Try new things
Shoot for the stars
Dust yourself off and begin again
What have you been doing to make sure you put some LIFE into living?! Please share.
I took a break from blogging for a few weeks to regain some balance. It was really important to give myself that time to have some fun and make time for friends and play. Definitely recharged my batteries.
Play on, my dear friends. Your life, as it turns out, depends on it.