ECCDC Resources Available for Borrowing or Purchase

Provocation for Learning Kits

  • Build-a-Bug with Loose Parts
  • Exploring the Sounds of Nature Through Music
  • Exploring Natural Building Materials with Toddlers
  • Loose Parts for Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn
  • Metal Loose Parts
  • Mud Kitchen Accessories
  • Natural Geo Board
  • Natural Loose Parts
  • Natural Materials Treasure Basket for Infants and Toddlers
  • Not a Stick Storytelling Experience
  • Open-Ended Materials to Create an Outdoor Music Wall
  • Sorting with Natural Materials

Planning and Research Documents

  • A Practical Guide to Nature-Based Practice (Niki Buchan)
  • Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children (Angela Hanscom)
  • Bring the Outside In: Ideas for Creating Nature-Based Classroom Experiences for Young Children (Sandra Duncan & Jody Martin)
  • Childhood and Nature – Design Principles for Educators (David Sobel)
  • Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms – Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments (Eric M. Nelson)
  • Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors (Juliet Robertson)
  • Growing with Nature – Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms (Arbour Day Foundation)
  • Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature: Using Nature’s Wisdom to Bring More Joy and Effectiveness to our Work With Children (Nancy Rosenow)
  • Last Child in the Woods – Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (Richard Louv)
  • Learning is in Bloom – Cultivating Outdoor Explorations (Ruth Wilson)
  • Learning with Nature (Claire Warden)
  • Literacy Outdoors: 50 Exciting Starting Points for Outdoor Literacy Experiences (Ros Bayley, Helen Bromley, Lynn Broadbent)
  • Loose Parts Series, 1-4 (Lisa Daly & Mirian Beloglovsky)
  • Loose Parts Play (Juliet Robertson; Theresa Casey)
  • Make This Book Wild (Jo Schofield & Fiona Danks)
  • Making a Mud Kitchen (Jan White)
  • Maths Outdoors: 50 Exciting Ways to Develop Mathematical Awareness Outdoors (Mercia Lee & Helen York)
  • Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years (Juliet Robertson)
  • Mud Kitchens and Beyond – 50 Exciting Ideas for Investigative Play (Alison Norman & Janette Smith)
  • Nature-Based Learning for Young Children (Julie Powers)
  • Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools: an Exploration of Naturalistic Learning within Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools (Claire Warden)
  • Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning (David Sobel)
  • Nature’s Playground – Activities, Crafts, and Games To Encourage Children To Get Outdoors (Jo Schofield & Fiona Danks)
  • No Fear; Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society (Tim Gill)
  • Nurture Through Nature – Working with Children Under 3 in Outdoor Environment (Clare Warden)
  • Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education (Beverlie Dietze & Diane Kashin)
  • Outdoor Learning Through the Seasons; An Essential Guide for the Early Years (Ann Watts)
  • Risk, Challenge and Adventure in the Early Years – A Practical Guide to Exploring and Learning Outdoors (Kathryn Solly)
  • Risk & Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play: Learning from Forest Schools (Sara Knight)
  • Seasons of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder (Rusty Keeler)
  • Teaching STEM Outdoors: Activities for Young Children (Patty Born Selly)
  • The Art of Land-Based Learning; Volumes 1 & 2 (Sophie Anne Edwards)
  • The Outdoor Classroom Ages 3-7 – Using Ideas from Forest Schools to Enrich Learning (Karen Constable and Sandy Green)
  • The Potential of a Puddle: Creating Vision & Values for Outdoor Learning (Clare Warden)
  • The Sky Above and the Mud Below – Lessons from Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens (David Sobel)
  • Our Wild Calling – How Connecting with Animals can Transform our Lives and Save Theirs (Richard Louv)
  • We’re OK with Risky Play! – 50 Exciting Adventures to Build Resilience and Self-Confidence (Anne Gladstone, Gaynor Rice)
  • Wild Learning – Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors (Rachel Tidd)

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