Outdoor Play Barriers: The Caregiver

by Nadia Robinson It’s no secret that at Educated by Nature we are advocates for risky, outdoor play (nature play). It supports development of the whole child (mentally, physically, socially and emotionally) and provides them with opportunities to develop necessary life skills (check out Nature Play WA for more information).  This blog will address in more detail…

Using Games to Teach Empathy

Across KIN Village, Bush Inventors Club and our Nature Connection series we use Wilderness Awareness Games with our participants. Whilst they are excellent icebreakers before a program and a great opportunity to let off some high energy, the most significant lesson that these games teach is empathy. Wilderness Awareness Games help children get in the…

Environmental Grief Processing

Grief processing is something that we are passionate about. We have suspected for a while that it is an important part of our Bush Inventors’ after-school Club. This year not only have children needed space to release emotions from a whole day of school but also from the stress they might be holding from COVID,…

When We Find Comfort in Nature – A Class Story

Blog by Tamara Johnston and Trudi Bennett The Children in Nature Network (started by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods) is celebrating 15 years of the children in nature movement. Richard Louv introduced the world to the term Nature-Deficit Disorder. “Nature-deficit disorder describes the human cost of alienation from nature, among them;…

Consultation: Encouraging Nature Connection

Imagine a table full of creative tools – carpentry files, sandpaper, whittling tools, string, wool, gumnuts, feathers, paint, flowers, cloth, stones and scissors. Now, imagine an educator who says, “I saw many of you over the last couple of weeks talking about wands and turning sticks into magic wands. Well, today I have brought some…