RISKY PLAY 101
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Ellen Nesbitt
3d ago
If risky play sounds like a recipe for disaster and a fast track to grey hairs, think again. Risky play is an essential part of childhood and a necessary part of supporting healthy growth and development. WHAT IS RISKY PLAY? Once upon a time, what we now call ‘risky play’ was just called play. Things like: Climbing trees Rolling down steep hills Swinging as high as possible on a swing or rope Hanging upside down Balancing at heights Throwing rocks Playing with tools that could cut and pierce Spinning around as fast as possible just to see how dizzy you could get Playing wit ..read more
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How to Nurture Your Little Earthling
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Ellen Nesbitt
1w ago
Why children need the earth and 3 types of bonding for infants We all know the importance of nature connection for human growth and development, but it’s especially important for infants and young children. Our connection to the earth is one of our foundational relationships, and it’s a connection that has major impacts on our health and wellbeing. Research has shown that the frequency of the earth known as the Schumann Resonance, also called the heartbeat of Mother Earth, is directly correlated to our mental and physical wellbeing. Not only that, but there is also overlap between our brain f ..read more
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6 Rainy Day Adventure Destinations in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Ellen Nesbitt
1M ago
Wet weather threatening to keep you indoors? Put your rain jackets on and grab your gumboots, because we’ve put together a list of 6 perfect rainy-day play destinations for you to get outside and stretch your legs. With La Niña bringing potentially wetter weather to SEQ this summer, it’s easy to stay indoors and wait for the rain to pass. But the wet weather is no excuse to put off nature play! Our little wildlings love jumping in muddy puddles and interacting with a wet and wonderful world. So don’t wait for cabin fever to hit, hop in the car and take a short walk in nature – we guarantee it ..read more
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6 Rainy Day Outdoor Play Ideas
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Ellen Nesbitt
2M ago
Does a rainy day have to mean staying indoors? Not for Wildlings! Some of our best days in the forest are rainy days, because kids love getting muddy and splashing in puddles. With another La Nina spring/summer upon us, those of us on the east coast of Australia are prepping for wet months ahead. But that doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors when it’s raining and pouring. There’s still plenty of fun to be had outside if we’ve got the right gear and the right mindset. First of all, dress for the conditions. In short, you probably want a rain jacket and gumboots, but if the weather is warm and ..read more
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Your complete guide to risky play near water PART 2
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Ellen Nesbitt
2M ago
join us as we dive deep into water safety for children Last week we gave you an introduction to risky play in natural aquatic environments. If you missed it, click here to read now. This week, we’re diving a little deeper into the issue of water safety for children. We are ALL FOR risky play—we love seeing kids getting wild and pushing the boundaries a little. But there’s a difference between allowing them to take measured risks and negligence, and we’re here to help illuminate that difference. We take water safety seriously at Wildlings. Let’s be honest, we take all kinds of safety seriousl ..read more
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How Tamieka Started Working Less And Learning More
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Kerrie Harth
2M ago
Photograph from www.littleenvironeers.com/ Want to know how Tamieka started working less and learning more? Tamieka Vasile has gone from strength to strength after completing the Your Wild Business course. There are many qualities that are needed to launch your own Nature Play business, and gosh Tamieka lives and breathes them. Tamieka has generously shared her experience on her Nature Play business journey from the things that held her back to now enjoying the challenge of overcoming ‘the red tape’ gauntlet. Tamieka’s story is one of determination and never shying away from asking tough que ..read more
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How Tamieka Started Working Less And Learning More
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Kerrie Harth
2M ago
Photograph by Alix Clarke Photography We often think that going to school, university, and then back into learning facilities is the only way to navigate a career teaching or working with children. And for a while, educating feels purposeful and it reflects your own experiences growing up as a student. “Do as the adults say”, “finish this task or be reprimanded”, and “do not question”. All while your time is managed by a bell ringing every 45 minutes. Only after a few years on the other side of the desk do we stop and wonder…  “Why does the education system look this way?” In fact, t ..read more
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Your complete guide to risky play near water PART 1
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Ellen Nesbitt
2M ago
If you haven’t heard us wax lyrical about the benefits of risky play yet (where have you been?), then you might need to hold on to your life raft, because we’re about to dive deep into navigating risky play in natural aquatic environments. Ellen Sandseter has identified six categories of risky play that children seem attracted to, these are: great heights, rapid speeds, dangerous tools, dangerous elements, rough and tumble, and disappearing/getting lost. Our discussions around risky play tend to focus on land-based environments, so we thought that in the lead up to summer it would be a good t ..read more
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Red Flags For Teachers
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Kerrie Harth
2M ago
Photograph by Alix Clarke Photography We often think that going to school, university, and then back into learning facilities is the only way to navigate a career teaching or working with children. And for a while, educating feels purposeful and it reflects your own experiences growing up as a student. “Do as the adults say”, “finish this task or be reprimanded”, and “do not question”. All while your time is managed by a bell ringing every 45 minutes. Only after a few years on the other side of the desk do we stop and wonder…  “Why does the education system look this way?” In fact, t ..read more
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Why We Don't Do Risk Assessments
Wildlings Forest School Blog
by Kerrie Harth
2M ago
Photograph by Alix Clarke Photography Yes, you read that right. We don’t focus on the risks associated with children learning from the natural world. But let me assure you, we are not reckless cowgirls set on harming children. Anyone who works with children knows that a risk assessment matrix is seen as the be-all and end-all when it comes to proving your duty of care to children, parents, and insurers.  NO-ONE wants to be the person who signed off on something that ended in a lawsuit. But that’s just it, isn’t it? The wave of lawsuits that happened in the mid-90s from playground in ..read more
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