Reading and Research

A growing library of relevant reading from our Symposium speakers and workshop facilitators:


Ideas behind 'Just For The FUN Of It!'

Play is More Than Just FunStuart Brown

Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.  A pioneer in research on play, Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun.

Their Name is Today - Reclaiming Childhood In a Hostile World'  by Johann Christoph Arnold. 

"There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide."


We wanted Johann to attend and tell you about his book in person, but sadly this was not possible. His book is a very generous gift from him, FREE to all ticket holders, in support of the work of Nature Play QLD.

Blog by Hyahno Moser, Program Manager, Nature Play QLD: How the 30 Day NATURE PLAY CHALLENGE will help your child’s BRAIN!

Building strong, positive outdoor play 'brain files' in our children is important, and doing so will mean that:

  1. Our children will associate outdoor play as a great source of the 3 F's - Fun, Friends and Freedom 
  2. Our children will think of outdoor play as source of skill development, challenge and mastery (e.g. bike or scooter riding, climbing trees, making hide-outs or cubbies) 
  3. Our children will understand that their outdoor play brings a degree of choice, autonomy, and self-direction 
  4. Outdoor play becomes the greatest source of healthy physical activity for our children 
  5. It’s easier for parents and carers to ensure good quality outdoor play happens every day 


Dialogue by speakers and workshop facilitators

Blog by Speaker: Dr Michael Nagel
Associate Professor, School of Science and Education, University of Sunshine Coast.

Have Computers Really Helped Educational Outcomes?  Generation Next Blog

"A primary school in Brisbane informed its Prep parents that all of its students would be required to have an iPad for school and this would be done at the parent’s expense. Needless to say this raised much discussion and debate".

SBS Dateline, TV - "No Rules School"

Media coverage of Bruce McLachlan, Principal of Swanson Primary School, Auckland.

No Rules School, SBS Dateline, October 2014.

“When you remove kids from any danger in the long run you put them in danger”.  Bruce McLachlan, Principal of Swanson School reintroduced the idea of risky unmanaged play, kids playing on their own terms, and the rest is history.

Recess Without Rules, 

Article on Bruce McLachlan and Swanson Primary School.

Recess Without Rules, The Atlantic, Jan 2014

Swanson Primary School in Auckland 'ditches rules and loses bullies' and “is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.”

Case Study

Susie Berkhut and Payne Road OSHC

Case Study: Transitioning from Structured Play to Unstructured Nature Play

Susie Berkhut, Centre Coordinator at Payne Road State School OSHC, has pioneered a nature play change at her centre which has improved behaviour, increased self-awareness, bred independence, and helped change family cultures.

More will be released soon...!


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