Tuesday, March 24, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
2 DCYF MERIT STARS CEUs available
(Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families)
A Half-Day Workshop for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, Administrators, Owners, and Directors
“Mud play is inclusive of all children. It allows children to play at their own developmental level. Mud is an open ended material that meets the diverse needs and interests of different children. Younger or less skilled children might focus on the sensory experience whereas older children may have more specific goals in mind for their mud play.”
- Community Playthings
This workshop relates current research about modern lifestyles and child development and explores the benefits of different outdoor learning environments. Parents, teachers, and caregivers can make simple changes with big impacts to enhance outdoor learning, often without great expense.
We will compare some of the current trends in outdoor education, staying aware of the many obstacles that exist relating to outdoor learning, and explore some of the simplest and most effective solutions. Using participants' real-life scenarios, we will identify outdoor design elements, experiences, enhancements, and issues in group dialogue. We will also view some videos and photos showing some of the inspiring work with children now being done in the outdoors.
feedback from attendees
"lots of visual examples for ideas that other teachers have used"
By the end of the workshop, all participants will identify goals for their own programs’ specific locations, and envision simple, do-able changes to increase their children's time in nature, both unstructured creative free play and adult-guided experiences.