At our Mud Pies Nature Playgroups this term we have been exploring child development through the art of weaving. Weaving, threading and sewing requires strong finger muscles and good coordination. In support of their fine motor development, children first need to strengthen their gross motor systems, building core muscles and shoulder girdles to be able to…

When Trudi and I started Educated by Nature, one of our main goals was to create environments and experiences where children could find opportunities for building resilience. We found, through our experiences as teachers, we had seen the rapid decline in resilience, self-efficacy and awareness in children of all ages in our communities. Today, more than…

  What happens when we truly trust children and believe in their capabilities. On their recent visit to Tinkering School overnight camp in Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, Trudi Bennett and Daniel Burton met with Founder of the Institute of Applied Tinkering, Gever Tulley and discussed why it is so important for children that adults…

While visiting Brightworks Tinkering School in San Francisco Daniel Burton met with Hugo, a junior Collaborator whose role it is to mentor younger visitors to the centre’s school holiday summer camps. Hugo gives Daniel some advice on the best way to go about starting up a tinkering school and why it’s important to have a…

Tool use amongst children, especially young children, can cause concern, apprehension and even fear in adults. Daniel Burton meets with Karen Dwyer-Meadow (Tinkering School Manager), Brightworks San Francisco, and discusses the background of the school’s procedure behind working with tools. They cover the reasons why it is important to guard against adult fear impacting on…

Join Trudi Bennett as she speaks with Dan Corcoran, Samuel Bowman and Rachael Witt from the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington. The facilitators of the weekend Survival Basics Course share their reasons of why survival skills are important to them as human beings in a modern age. http://wildernessawareness.org