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Steam Ahead Outdoors

STEAM ahead outdoors

In this final Scéalta blog of the outdoor play series, Máire Corbett from Early Childhood Ireland outlines some ways in which children can explore the STEAM areas in the outdoors.

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rough tumble play

Rough and tumble play – what do you think?

In this week’s Scealta, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Specialist with Early Childhood Ireland, reflects on rough and tumble play, and looks at the play cues of children which help educators to distinguish this type of play from other forms of aggressive behaviours.

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open the door

Just open the door

Small urban outdoor areas can be immensely rich and creative spaces for children to play and learn as we see in the Scéalta blog, written by Lee Herlihy, from Horizons Montessori, in Cork.

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move outside

Move outside

In this Scéalta, Máire Corbett from Early Childhood Ireland reflects on all the wonderful opportunities for play and fun outdoors and wonders why we ever go inside!

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Why is play so important?

In this week’s Scéalta, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Specialist with Early Childhood Ireland, reflects on the thinking and the ‘takeaways’ from an exciting research symposium on ‘play’ which she attended last week, run by DCU.

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Maximising the outdoor opportunities

Outdoor spaces don’t have to be large to afford children opportunities to explore, think, experience nature and be adventurous. In our Scéalta blog this week Yvonne O’Sullivan, from Naíonra na nÓg, in Limerick explains how she has used the small outdoor spaces she has to provide a range of diverse opportunities for children to play outdoors.

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Bringing the emotions outside

Bringing the emotions outside

Continuing our series on outdoor play, Máire Corbett from Early Childhood Ireland, reflects on how outdoor play plays a key role in children’s growth and development, both physical and emotional… in the here and now and into their future. She discusses a recent conference she attended and some of the main points from the speaker, Joanna Fortune.

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Kate wall webinar

No researchers in white coats

As we prepare for the second of our outdoor webinars, Aoife Horgan, Research Support Officer at Early Childhood Ireland, introduces us to Professor Kate Wall, who will be our keynote speaker, for what promises to be another inspirational evening.

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Great play in small spaces

Sometimes it can seem that large spaces are needed to provide outdoor play opportunities for children. In this week’s Scéalta blog post Mag Coogan explains how this is not so.

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Loose parts and small scale outdoor gardening

Continuing our outdoor play series, Early Childhood Ireland member Denise Sheridan, outlines how she uses loose parts in the outdoor space at her setting in County Clare. She also discusses how small scale gardening in the outdoor supports children’s awareness of sustainability and also their STEAM learning.

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