Jan White Natural Play

Natural Play, Natural Growth, in the Early Years

Mudlark Finds *9: The Foot Book

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The Foot Book Dr Seuss

Mudlark Find Number 9 responds to my small personal campaignto allow young children to enrich their experience of their world by having direct contact with it through their feet – barefoot that is!  As Springtime is now with us again, perhaps you’d like to take a look at the post I wrote on this matter a couple of years ago.

I love the expressions on the protagonist’s face as he/she/it explores the world of feet and what they do in the day – and “how many, many feet you meet”.  I’d like to see children making their own versions of this book, by capturing images of each other: “slow feet, quick feet… up in the air feet, over a chair feet”.  A great way to indulge children’s desire to move – and perchance to grasp the vocabulary of prepositions along the way…?

With this section of my website, I share some of the many wonderful treasures I dig up while researching and supporting outdoor play for children from birth to seven. I hope they inspire you too, and help you to create motivational, meaningful and satisfying outdoor play experiences for all the children you work with.

Mudlarking is the ancient practice of digging in the mud of the Thames to find treasures.  It still goes on today, uncovering and recovering some amazing artefacts from the life of London city through the centuries.  Click on this link for more information about mudlarking.


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