Nature Inspired Books & Research

The Creativity Catapult

Published by Alix Marschani on 27th January 2019 at 5:09 pm | No Comments

I have found this site useful because it is a research-backed bank of activities and ideas designed for the educator to use. If you use this site for your work, please let us know how it helped you develop activities for outdoor learning.    

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Outdoor napping for babies in Lapland

Published by Alix Marschani on 6th January 2019 at 3:22 pm | No Comments

Outside was -15C which I was informed was ‘not too cold for Lapland’ at this time in December. We were visiting husky kennels, and the snow, as you can see, was settled and still like a picture, while the owner showed us into a fire heated tipee to have tea. Her baby, we noted was […]

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On A Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna

Published by Alix Marschani on 3rd January 2019 at 10:16 am | No Comments

This children’s book furthers the theme of leaving those electronic gadgets indoors whilst you go out and encounter the real world. The book is beautifully illustrated, text minimal, but if it succeeds in engaging anyone to have an adventure outdoors, I think it would need to speak only to the already converted. Not much of […]

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The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young

Published by Alix Marschani on 4th December 2018 at 6:43 pm | No Comments

Rosamund Young writes, ‘We decided that the animals themselves are by far the most qualified individuals to make decisions about their own welfare and it is the decisions they make, as well as many other occurrences both humdrum and extraordinary, that I have observed, learned from and written down here’. If you have ever loved […]

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Growing Up Outdoors in Scotland

Published by Alix Marschani on 3rd December 2018 at 6:50 pm | No Comments

A third of 5-15 year olds achieve the 60 minutes of exercise daily recommended by experts. By the time children reach 13-16 the figure drops to about 18%. Scotland has taken the lead to improve the situation by developing a national policy statement that offically promotes growing up and learning outdoors as essential to all […]

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The Ravenmaster: My life With the Ravens at the Tower of London

Published by Alix Marschani on 30th October 2018 at 12:46 pm | No Comments

It was the most gloriously sunny but chilly October day at the Tower of London when we visited on Monday. Being a tourist in your own country can be interesting¬† – the reason being that the ravens had to be spotted and counted. Tradition has it that if the ravens leave the Tower the Crown […]

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