Let The children Play – progressive preschool near Sydney, Australia with an emphasis on play outdoors – wonderful, lively and image-led, Jenny Kable also likes to find other good sites and shares lots of practice.
Teacher Tom – progressive preschool in Seattle, Washington, USA – fantastic for provoking and deepening thinking and always worth reading.
Images of Learning Project – beautiful blog from Victoria, Canada, always thought provoking and deep.
Little Eyes on Nature – a group of preschools in New Zealand with a strong philosophy and practice around educating for sustainable living (they describe themselves as enviro Montessori) with a clear Maori influence – again, deep and thoughtful.
I’m a Teacher, Get Me OUTSIDE Here! – Juliet Robertson in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is fantastic at finding and sharing information – a really useful and energising blog.
The Grass Stain Guru – this blog’s strapline is ‘Childhood was meant to be messy’. Outdoors and nature are the main themes.
Playscapes – superb playground design blog from Paige Johnson in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA that has become a hub for sharing innovative practice and thinking from all over the world- lots for thinking about outdoor play environments and thinking outside the box.
The Learning Landscape – from Michelle Mathis, a practicing landscape architect in Portland, Oregon, USA with an interest in nature, education and design – intersecting in educational outdoor environments.
Rethinking Childhood – from Tim Gill is a great source of provocation, thinking and information/links about play, especially in unstructured natural environments.
Tinkering School – truely wonderful and deeply important initiative in the US by Gever Tully. Watch his TED talks to get into the idea and then see Teacher Tom and Let the Children Play blogs for doing it in the early years.
Moving Smart – the strapline is “A moving child is a learning child” – what else do I need to say? Lots of very good stuff here, especially on birth to three.
Exuberant Animal – Frank Forencich (from Seattle) writes superb articles in his newsletter, coming from a wonderfully holistic approach to ‘the power of health, play and joyfull movement’. I really like his work.
Suzanne Zeedyk – ‘The Science of Human Connection’ – flows from Suzanne’s work on ‘The Connected Baby’, a recently released DVD showing the minute detail of how very young babies are highly tuned to interaction and communication. The film is available from her website at £13.50 – showing several ‘dances’ – very sophisticated and important stuff.
Love Outdoor Play – part of Play England’s campaign for children’s right to play freely and together in the outdoors.
Outdoor Nation – part of The National Trust’s campaign for societal change towards children being connected with nature (Natural Childhood), with a focus on play in natural environments, now part of The Wild Network.
The Old School Gardener – Nigel Boldero blogs very actively, including reblogging from a wide range of gardening blog sites. I find his simple ‘PicPosts’ really enjoyable and often useful.
Learning for Life – Kierna Corr’s blog about life in a very outdoor oriented school nursery in Northern Ireland, in which every Friday is a totally outdoor ‘Scandinavian Day’.
PlayGroundology – from a hands-on playground tester in Halifax, Nova Scotia who really likes to play.
Playground Guru – thoughtful posts about play and playgrounds from a reflective playworker, Jay Beckwith.
Policy for Play – Adrian Voce, previously director of Play England, posts about the political and policy side of play.