Resources for schools

School is a fabulous place to teach kids the value of nature play and encourage them to get active. We're building a collection of school resources - see what we've got so far.

Explore Spring. Get Outside!

14 Sep 2020

Spring is one of the best times to get outside and explore the natural environment we live in. New growth, sounds and smells permeate around us. This resource provides you and the family the perfect introduction to get outside and start exploring! DOWNLOAD YOUR SPRING ACTIVITIES HERE &n…

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Make a pinwheel like a windmill!

9 Jun 2020

Canberra has various historical sites scattered throughout the region but have you ever taken a trip to Lanyon Homestead? Take a closer look at the c.1940 Seneschal windmill used to pump water from the river to a concrete tank on a nearby hillside. The Southern Cross &lsqu…

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Shaping Spaces for Gen Z - International Forum Report

6 Jun 2017

In summary, the Shaping Spaces for Gen-Z Urban Thinkers Campus, Canberra, Australia on 8th March 2017 strongly endored three priority actions: 1.    Safe access, well-designed routes around schools  2.    Play infrastructure for all ages/co -design best practic…

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30 May 2017

An evidence based research report on the role of learning outside the classroom for children’s whole development from birth to eighteen years has been published by FACE.…

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The case for recess: Why we need to bring back free play

12 May 2017

Are children’s physical and mental health and recess related? You bet. Recess is important. It’s the opportunity for children to move their bodies, make new friends, and jump into imaginary worlds. If done correctly, recess can be an invaluable component to fostering healthy child develo…

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Replacing homework with sporting activities

2 Mar 2017

The research around the impact of homework on learning outcomes is not conclusive, and at times contradictory. If your school is considering stopping formal homework and encouraging students to do something else, what are the alternatives? Here’s one school’s approach.…

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2 May 2016

Ready...Set...Wonder! is a practical guide created by the 'Back to Nature Network' in Canada for early years educators to use in providing opportunities for children to connect with nature on a regular basis. It contains a large number of easy-to-use prompts, which can be applied with sim…

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2 May 2016

The Back to Nature Network teacher’s guide, Into Nature, is a unique tool that includes logistics, resources and learning experiences for teaching in nature for years K - 8. While all learning experiences are linked to the Ontario, Canada curriculum, the ideas it contains can be adapted to sui…

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51 things to do before you’re 12

28 Apr 2014

There are some things that every kid should get to experience. How many of our 51 things have you done? Why not print off the list, stick it on your fridge or bedroom door and challenge your friends to see who will be the first to complete them all! Climb a tree Sleep under the stars (eve…

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