In 1971, Simon Nicholson wrote an article in a Landscape Architecture journal called How NOT to Cheat Children – The Theory of Loose Parts. Over the decades which have ensued, Nicholson’s paper has had a profound impact on many childcare professionals, particularly playworkers, early years practitioners and outdoor and environmental educators. To celebrate the milestone of having 1 million visitors to this blog since August 2013, I decided to find out more about the person behind the statement and to acknowledge his contribution to the world.
I'd like to introduce Justina Danisova from the Czech Republic. She's got loads of simple ideas for working with children outside and this is the first of several blog posts that illustrate this. In this blog post we are looking at the simplicity of using leaves for art, maths and science investigations with young children. Read on and enjoy... or should I say Czech it out... :)