Investigating Nature Through the Eyes of a Child was a seasonal workshop series hosted by the Jane Norman College Family Home Childcare Agency in both Victoria Park and the Dr. Jane Norman Child Study Centre playground. This workshop series for early childhood educators encouraged them to take children in their care outside to explore, investigate and connect with nature. The goal of this series was for children to gain all the benefits of spending more time outside that nature provides for them.
The Fall Gathering covered a variety of topics from learning about, collecting and using natural loose parts; connecting children to nature through stewardship; experiencing shelter building and using maps to locate landmarks.
Winter Discoveries was a hands on experience covering making use of snow and ice as natural play props, connecting children to nature through story telling with story rocks, and sharing a variety of winter ideas from an ice scavenger hunt to an ice extraction competition using tools. All of which were activities that will spark children’s natural curiosity.
Finally, Spring Adventures had participants gain experience managing risk taking, examining their surroundings through isolated senses, exploring and creating with mud and water, and taking part in a fairy door walk through the forest.
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