It Not "Just Recess" Anymore!

Teachers often heave a sigh of relief when they take their students out to recess. Finally! The children can burn off the pent up energy they had been accruing for the past few hours indoors. But what if we change our outlook on outdoor play time? What if we create an outdoor environment that offered all of the learning opportunities that one would typically find indoors? What if children could run out to a well-planned play yard to find experiences in math, science, nature, dramatic play, water, building and construction, sensory activities, physical development, art and music? What if they play yard developed critical thinking, discovery, problem solving, and cooperative skills? The result would be that we wouldn't have "just recess" anymore. We would have The Outdoor Classroom!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Make and Play: A Swing / Ljuljaška

Make and Play: A Swing / Ljuljaška: Here is another handmade 'toy' that papa V made of 'the rope' and wood. A swing! I am not quite sure what kind of wood it is,...


  1. It is a wonderful idea! We just installed an entire backyard flooring of "tree cookies" and we have a bunch left over. I just might try this! Let me ask...would one of these swings stand up to a school setting with several children using it over the course of a day?

    Here is a photo of our tree cookie flooring that my coworker posted on her blog...