Children Need Cubbies

Throughout this cubby building process, a child’s curiosity is being developed. The open-ended nature of the task allows for exploration, experimentation, play and creativity. The physical development of the child is enhanced, as they engage their fine motor skills, using tools or tying up tarps.

Outdoor Play in Diverse Spaces

Environment All of Educated by Nature’s programs occur in outdoor spaces. We find locations that support groups of children to experience nature in raw forms, as opposed to manicured lawns, ovals and gardens. We aim to have a location that has a variety of vegetation, access to water (we love the river) and a place…

Community around the Backyard Campfire

Backyard sleepovers with my nephew are becoming a tradition. Once a term, we pitch a tent in the backyard, cook outdoors, have an outdoor bath, make pancakes for breakfast and work on the treehouse. The highlights of our most recent camp-out were playtime, dinner and interaction with the neighbours. This experience really pulled us into…

Children can be risk assessors too…

‘Be Careful’ is a phrase that has become all too common in parent-child relationships. Of course we want our children to be safe, to not get hurt and ensure that the decision that they are making are thought through, considered and well executed. However we cripple children’s ability to self monitor and assess risk for…

The value of Self, Environment and Community

The three-way relationship between self, environment and community is recognised and celebrated here at Educated by Nature. The combination of these three forces is essential in the development of resilient, healthy and happy community members. The books, Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators (David Sobel), Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (Jon Young), and…