Ideas and detailed instructions for using in schools or large groups
The Nature Play Passport is popular with teachers, early childhood educators, environmental educators, outside school hours care providers, and community groups. They can be ordered in bulk to cover a class, whole school or group of any children.
With over 400 missions on the Nature Play Passport Online Interface, there are missions to suit every individual child, aged 3 to 12 years.
Educators can order Nature Play QLD Embracing 2018 Passports two ways, either through the:
- Passport Order Form, or
- When you pledge to participate in Outdoor Classroom Day QLD and choose to leave your address to receive the Passports - It’s an annual event celebrating the power of outdoor learning, on 7 September 2017 – or any day in spring that suits you.
Please note: passport orders are sent out in batches every two weeks, so it is important to order them early, if you wish to use them for a specific activity.
|Educator Feedback: “We really love the passports and the missions and have used them successfully in our kindy for several years. The children feel important having their own passport and have a greater sense of agency when they can choose their missions.”|
About Passport to An Amazing Childhood
Passport Missions are simply ideas and activities that get children outdoors to explore, have adventures and have fun! Examples include: building a giant birds nest; making a leaf boat or scavenging for natural objects in the playground. By registering on the ‘Passport Mission Control’ website (http://passport.natureplay.org.au), you access to hundreds of Nature Play activity ideas.
Ideas on how to use Passports in Education:
- In Class
- As Homework
- To inspire outdoor play at recess and after school
- To inspire discussion
- Optional extra: In conjunction with the License to Play
How to use the Passport Mission Control:
- About registering a group and accessions missions
- Steps to register a group online and access missions
Ideas on how to use Passports in Education:
Assigning Missions for your Class:
It is easy to tailor missions to the needs of your class. The Nature Play Mission Control website allows educators to you to assign groups of children missions, as well as view and manage the group’s completed activities. When an adult registers each child on the Passport Mission Control (http://passport.natureplay.org.au), you can select which missions the children have access to, thus allowing you to modify missions to specific ages and interests.
In addition, missions can be selected to align with themes currently being explored by your cohort or selected based on the natural areas located close to your school or center.
Recording your in-class activities:
Missions can be recorded in the children’s physical Passports. The stickers can be used as “stamps” to reward completed missions and children can document their adventures by adding drawings, stories and leaf-rubbings or sticking in items such as feathers, flowers or photos to the blank mission log pages.
Children can individually access their own profile on the Passport Mission Control to rate and comment on nature play missions achieved. It also provides you with access to view and manage children’s completed missions.
If computer access is difficult, missions can be printed as a booklet for each child or cut out to make a “mission lucky dip”.
Missions can also be selected to coincide with a planned excursion, inspiring kids to explore new outdoor spaces.
Educator Feedback: The children were so interested that their focus with intentional listening increased, as did their behaviour.
Educator Feedback: “When we are outside especially if we are walking the children benefit from the fresh air and the wonderful space, this clears everyone's head and because its also fun and exciting they are listening better. Also because there is an element of risk listening and attention/focus is really important for safety. As for interpersonal behaviour, missions are usually shared experiences so the children challenge each other, encourage and inspire. They are also keen to tell their friends 'Look at me" or 'Look at this I've found', together we are discovering, investigating and solving and creating during nature Play.”
Using the Nature Play Passports as a homework alternative is also very popular. Either you as the educator, or the child, can select a passport mission to achieve.
Once you have registered and generated passport numbers for each child in your class, they can log on at home to select the mission. Once they have completed their mission, they can then log back on to comment and rate their mission. As their teacher, you can then login to see the missions your students have completed and sign off on completed missions.
This option also provides the added benefit of knowing that children have spent time outdoors, rather than in front of a screen, and are therefore more likely to be engaged in class the next day.
|Educator Feedback: “The children are also given a challenge/mission to complete over the weekend. When they tell us (or a parent) that they have completed the mission at home, we stamp their passports.”|
With children so often associating free time with an opportunity to play with screens, passport missions also provide an “ideas bucket” to inspire and reinvigorate outdoor play.
|Educator Feedback: “At first, the children had no idea what to do when they were outside. They just wandered around but now they have plans and ideas to build cubbies, go mining, play hide and seek etc. When they come back into class, they are often more settled as they have had some physical exercise and fresh air.”|
The Nature Play Passport also provides a conversation starter with parents and teachers about the important social, emotional and physical health benefits of outdoor play.
Educator Feedback: “Many parents have been surprised how involved their children have become with the passports and their excitement to try out the ideas. Parents have been reminded that it is easy to do fun things with their children in nature.”
Educator Feedback: “Parents think it's a cool idea it shows how I am being inventive within my service and really looking at the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of their children.”
As an additional incentive for children to complete passport missions, educators can use the Nature Play Passport in conjunction with the Nature Play License to Play (Outdoors). Similar to a regular driver’s licenses children work their way through their Ls, Ps and Os. L for Loving it, P for Passionate and O for organic. Some educators use the licenses as a way of scaffolding children through tasks that may require them to show a level of responsibility.
How do you use your Passport to An Amazing Childhood? This is inspiration for how to use with groups, as used by our Nature Play QLD Activity Providers, Mt Barney Lodge. As seen on Creek to Coast TV (Chanel 7, May 2016)
How to use the Passport Mission Control
To get the most out of your Nature Play Passport, educators and group leaders should register online and generate a username and passport number for each child. View this Teacher demo video (image below is also a link) and/or follow the steps below to register a group of children.
Step 1: Educator registers
Registering on the Nature Play Passport Interface is simple. You can select to register a school group, an after-school care program or a community group. You can then use your username and password to access passport missions.
If computer access is difficult, you can select the option “simple group registration” this will only allow you simple access to online missions and PDF mission sheets, and it will not provide you the option to set up your students with individual access.
Step 2: Register children in your class
This step will generate passport numbers for each child and enable them to login and select missions, or enable you to select missions for them.
Registering the children in your class is easy. You can either enter children individually or upload a simple spreadsheet following the template provided on the website. Each student/child in your class will then be issued with their own passport number. They can write their passport number at the front of their Passport and use the number to login to Mission Control.
Step 3: Customise missions
After this is done, customising the Passport Missions for your group is easy. The children you have registered will be automatically opted into missions that are appropriate for their age. You can then opt in or out of any missions, modifying the selection for your group. To quickly allocate a mission to each child in your cohort, simply click “customize missions” and then “make active mission” button on the top left of the mission you wish to assign.
Step 4: Children sign in and edit their avatar
To begin their adventure, the children in your group can then sign in using their first name and passport number.
Step 5: Children select a mission
Children can then either choose a mission or start with the mission you have selected for them. They can also have fun customising their avatar.
Step 6: Children complete mission
Get your students children outdoors to have fun and complete their missions. This is the most important step!
Step 7: Children rate and comment on completed missions
Once a child has completed a mission they can return to the Passport website to rate and comment on the mission they have completed. Their comment and rating will then be recorded on their mission log. They will also be able to see how many missions have been completed by other children in your group.
Step 8: Educator confirms completed missions
When you log in again, your dashboard will display a list of missions completed by the children in your cohort, which are waiting for confirmation. You can then sign off on completed missions and view and edit mission ratings and comments. Each mission completed will earn points that can then be used to purchase additional avatar accessories.