Research

Outdoor risky play and healthy child development in the shadow of the “risk society”: A forest and nature school perspective

23 Jan 2018

ABSTRACT This article addresses the effects of a risk-averse Western society on healthy childhood development. Forest and nature schools are specifically identified for their inclusion of outdoor risky play. Forest and nature schools are presented as idealized venues to investigate and understa…

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"Trees have a soul too!" Developing empathy and environmental values in early childhood

17 Jan 2018

Summary   Preschool children can develop empathy for non-human beings, can feel the need to protect them, and recognize their intrinsic value This study evaluated the impact of an early childhood environmental education program designed to promote environmentally friendly attitudes in…

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Trees as affordances for connectedness to place– a framework to facilitate children’s relationship with nature

17 Jan 2018

Highlights Children’s use of trees increased gradually as their connection with the place developed. Trees provided materials, play space and activities that responded to children’s needs. Experience and scaffolding around trees taught the children how to manage tree-related ri…

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The influence of the number of toys in the environment on toddlers’ play

16 Jan 2018

ABSTRACT We tested the hypothesis that an environment with fewer toys will lead to higher quality of play for toddlers. Each participant (n =36) engaged in supervised, individual free play sessions under two conditions: Four Toy and Sixteen Toy. With fewer toys, participants had fewer incidences…

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Effect of frequency and mode of contact with nature on children's self-reported ecological behaviors

16 Jan 2018

ABSTRACT The relationship between spending time in nature and behaving in an ecological manner seems to be contingent on various factors. This cross-sectional study evaluates the association of Frequency of Contact with Nature (FCN) on children's Environmental Attitudes (EA) and self-reported…

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Lifelong Residential Exposure to Green Space and Attention

11 Dec 2017

A Population-based Prospective Study BACKGROUND: Natural environments, including green spaces, may have beneficial impacts on brain development. However, longitudinal evidence of an association between long-term exposure to green spaces and cognitive development (including attention) in childr…

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Impact of the Nature Play Passport Interface 2016 - 2017

15 Nov 2017

This study reports on the continuing impact of the online interface for the Passport to an Amazing Childhood program, examining comments and star ratings made by Queensland children, on individual passport missions.  View Report Here…

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Australian Standard for Playground Safety

31 Oct 2017

Standards Australia further acknowledge and promote the importance of nature play and risk in their new Australian Standard for Playground Safety. One exciting addition, is the recommendation for outdoor spaces that 'must allow children to explore and experience the natural environment'.…

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Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration

10 Oct 2017

“School grounds should not be as safe as possible but as safe as necessary." - Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration, International School Grounds Alliance 'Risk-taking is Essential for Children's Well-being   While promoting risk-taking on sch…

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What is the Relationship between Risky Outdoor Play and Health in Children? A Systematic Review.

4 Oct 2017

'Risky outdoor play has been associated with promoting children’s health and development, but also with injury and death. Risky outdoor play has diminished over time, concurrent with increasing concerns regarding child safety and emphasis on injury prevention.' This review examines…

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