Imagine Recess in the WOODS?

Imagine.... Just imagine. The bell rings for recess time. The kids leave the school building and walk out to the nature trail - whispering excitedly to each other. "Let's go on the rope swing," one boy says to another. "Do you want to work on our fort again?" a little girl as ..

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Natural Instincts

Recently, I observed a parent holding a young child, while talking to another adult. The adults didn't notice the child reaching for leaves - from a tree above them. Walking by, I took notice of the wonder and excitement in the child's eyes, as she reached out for the leaves. ..

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Plastic Playground Versus Dead Tree

Which object is going to win the little boy over? The plastic playground, with its shiny, brightly colored newness OR the dead decaying tree laying in the field next to the giant plastic set. I wonder what he does..... Let's check it out: Notice the boy e ..

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Mud, Glorious Mud!

Every child should have a similar photo. Mud is the greatest thing ever invented. The best part: children can make it! Add some water to dirt and presto - you've got an AWESOME sensory experience. I've asked a few children how mud feels and I’ve received som ..

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