A mind must wander

Most everyone loves to swing. Even adults. That’s why we have hammocks and porch swings. They are associated with relaxation, rest, and contentment. Maybe that’s why kids love to swing too. That and the amazing physical feeling of flying. Swings were always my play structure of choice. I could just concentrate on the movement, the…

The Guide Beside

One of the best benefits of forest school is knowledge of nature. We sometimes think that kids will automatically understand night and day, seasons, plants, and animals, but they need to truly experience these things in ways that are meaningful to them in order to connect. Sounds good right? But in practice, really grabbing hold of a child’s attention,…

labels stick

There is something about the outdoors that breaks you down to your core. It makes us fearful, in a way, to be in the wild, yet strangely comfortable, like we are fulfilling some primitive part of ourselves. Adventures outdoors show us what we are truly made of, instead of how others see us. Kids feel…

Ma Moo – The Ultimate Guide to Forest Kindergartens in the US

Forest kindergarten or nature school is often referred to a “classroom without walls” where young children spend their time outdoors in nature creating toys with found objects and experiencing little adventures with their imaginations. In Germany, Waldkindergraten (forest kindergraten) is common. And lately, in America, the popularity of “out of the classroom and into the woods” preschools and kindergartens is growing as…

Blue Mango LLC – Preschool in the Woods: A Look Inside a Denver Forest Kindergarten

In the Unconventional Guide to Improving Handwriting Skills, I set out on a small task that suddenly consumed me with overwhelming information, research and expert opinions on why unstructured outdoor play and loose parts for toys were really the foundation of fine motor skills. After all my research, I was very excited to find that a new forest kindergarten…