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Why Nature is the Best Playground: Guest Post by Taylor Hansen of Experience Childspace Early Learning

Why Nature is the Best Playground: Guest Post by Taylor Hansen of Experience Childspace Early Learning

Our guest blogger today is Taylor Hansen is a mother and early childhood educator who has worked in the field of Child & Youth Care for over 10 years. She has a Masters in Child & Youth Study from Mount Saint Vincent University and is passionate about nature-based learning and creative experiences. She is the creator of Experience Childspace Early Learning, a unique ecocentric early learning program based in Herring Cove.

Playgrounds are great. They are outdoor spaces created for children that aim to encourage play, being active, and getting outside. All great things for little ones. However, there is a lot that play in the natural environment can provide that traditional playgrounds cannot.

All Hail Loose Parts: Guest Post by Alex Smith of Playgroundology

All Hail Loose Parts: Guest Post by Alex Smith of Playgroundology

Our guest blogger today is Alex Smith, the founder of the CanadaPlays Association and the award winning blog PlayGroundology. Alex has been working with a small team of volunteers over the last 3 months to prepare Pop-Up Adventure Play’s visit to Halifax.

‘Loose parts’ skirt the edges of nirvana. Ask any kid. Now they probably won’t call them ‘loose parts’. They’re more likely to use the generic and all encompassing ‘stuff’ prefaced by cool, awesome, or great. It might even go the way of ‘this stuff is epic’.

Wood, rope, tarps, tires, milk crates, cardboard boxes, fabrics. PVC pipes, pallets and all manner of scrap materials can make up a loose parts inventory. Kids take them and create. They build up and pull down. They improvise, they move, groove and PLAY!

Free Forest School in Halifax: A natural fit for young families

Free Forest School in Halifax: A natural fit for young families

Halifax now has an all-ages free forest school that meets at the Frog Pond in Halifax once a week. We visited for the first time and share our thoughts on why we loved it (and give you the scoop on why the ticks shouldn't keep you away)!

Be A Night Detective Evening Scavenger Hunt & Constellation Scratch Art: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

Be A Night Detective Evening Scavenger Hunt & Constellation Scratch Art: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

Be A Night Detective by Peggy Kochanoff encourages children to explore the natural world around them. It answers all those questions that kids ask us which, let's be honest, we adults really don't know the answers to (why don't lightning bugs get hot like light bulbs? Are shooting stars really stars falling from the sky?). To explore the book further we created a night time Scavenger Hunt and constellation scratch art for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club that we're sharing with you today.

7 "On Track" Train Adventures for Halifax Kids

7 "On Track" Train Adventures for Halifax Kids

Most children seem to go through a train fascination stage. Whether it's Thomas or Chuggington, or just an excitement whenever you get stopped at the train crossing, there's something about those engines that children adore. Luckily Halifax has plenty to choo-choo-choose from for these kids, both in the city and within about an hour of the city limits.

McDonald Sports Park in Waverley

McDonald Sports Park in Waverley

I USED to be very outdoorsy. Then I had two kids within two years and a “hike” turned into a slow walk pushing a stroller and waiting for a toddler to pick up yet another rock. Sound familiar? My first venture out alone in the woods was to a family favourite, McDonald Sports Park in Waverley.