Bold move to kickstart an outdoor play renaissance in Canada

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:
Last week the Lawson Foundation, a Canadian family foundation, launched an ambitious outdoor play strategy with the announcement of $2.7 million (£1.3 million; $US 1.9 million) in funding for 14 projects. The strategy has an explicit and exclusive focus on unstructured outdoor play. Tackling risk aversion is a prominent theme, building on…

Film screening – Jonathan Dimbleby chairs a heated debate

Guest blog, by Laura Hetherington Growing up in a small working-class village community in rural Derbyshire I took for granted the immense adventure playground on my doorstep: the woods I roamed with my sister, the fields in which we picked armfuls of buttercups and looked for toads, the hedges we made our dens, the stream … Continue reading

A night with the stars

A guest post by Sue Palmer. It’s not often I get invited to introduce a film premiere – in fact, it’s never happened to me before, so I felt very honoured.  Granted this premiere was to take place in a field in late October, but it did sound like the perfect venue for Project Wild … Continue reading

Project Wild Thing launches today!

Project Wildthing film title

A major new feature length documentary film Project Wild Thing has been launched today and will be showing at Picturehouse and independent cinemas across the country. This inspirational film, directed by and starring David Bond (Erasing David) and produced by Ashley Jones (Green Lions), takes a witty, touching and frank look at the complex issue of why … Continue reading

Shire kids go Scything

What an amazing weekend the kids and staff from Shiremoor Adventure Playground have had in the Yorkshire Dales. They completed their John Muir Discovery Award in the most extraordinary way and discovered a really wild spot at Muck Hole near Robin Hoods Bay. On a 17 acre site, in the middle of nowhere, live two … Continue reading

I’m a Love Outdoor Play hero because…

I’m a Love Outdoor Play hero because I help children and young people reconnect with the natural environment through nature play. Here’s my story. We were around the open fire pit at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground, and were in need of wood to stoke the flames! We broke a few pieces of rotten wood that … Continue reading

Young volunteers Love Outdoor Play

Guest post by Pip Levett. Play Gloucestershire are bringing the Love Outdoor Play campaign to Gloucestershire this summer. With funding through the Free Time Consortium’s Get Involved in Play programme, we aim to get more children in Gloucestershire playing outdoors more often. At the heart of our campaign and our charity’s work, is our growing … Continue reading

Another way to Love Outdoor Play

One of our local playworkers had a couple of ideas about how he could show how much he loves outdoor play and he has managed to join up World of Difference Vodafone Volunteering and the John the Muir Award1. This Saturday was the third session for the John Muir Award Explorers, from Exploring Nature play … Continue reading

Blueberries, potatoes and the lonely bug!

On the eve of our first visit from a year five class, I was weeding our nature trail and tidying up. To my amazement, I saw what looked like a female stage beetle! I picked up the small rotting piece of wood and put it with the beetle inside a small window seal plant container. … Continue reading

Pond life

Growing up is not just about what you learn from your parents, it is about what they learn from you.  You know this when you see the world through the eyes of your own children but your parent’s childhood is in the past, told in stories and faded photographs. They were never really children. I … Continue reading