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    9 ways children benefit from learning and playing outside

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    Nature-based learning is a growing phenomenon. Leaders from the Forest School movement outline its key benefits to Lisa Salmon. Inside the four walls of a school classroom, children can gain knowledge and learn how to pass exams –  but they are sedentary apart from a few PE lessons, and shut off from the natural world…

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    Our latest trampoline installation!

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    We’ve recently installed this fabulous 10ft trampoline and enclosure for a resident in Glasgow. They’re delighted with the trampoline and said: “The trampoline has been fab so far, the Guys installing where fab and would recommend you all again!” If you’re interested in a trampoline for your garden or playground, please get in touch here!

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    Edinburgh roads set to close to allow children to play outside

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    The Playing Out project is set to become council policy and will run this summer following a pilot period last year. Between April and August 2017, the council approved 54 Playing Out sessions across 30 streets in Edinburgh. The council said as well as providing children with a safe space to play in, this resulted…

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    Hilary Long: We don’t need to test P1 children, we need to let them play

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    Hilary Long, coordinator of the Upstart Glasgow Network and a member of Common Weal Glasgow, attended the recent launch of Upstart Scotland’s ‘Play not Tests’ campaign seeking to challenge Scottish Government plans for standardised tests for children in Primary 1. ON MONDAY 23 April I went along to the Upstart Scotland launch of our new…

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    If you want your kid to get a good job, let them play more

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    Fears about automation displacing workers around the world ranked high on the list of Things to Be Very Worried About at the World Economic Forum in January. “At the end of the day, we have to fire a lot of people,” said Ursula Burns, chairman of the supervisory board at telecom group VEON, and former CEO of Xerox—which,…

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    Prince William Praises Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children

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    Britain’s Prince William is greeted by pupils at Matteus School in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge are on a four-day visit to Sweden and Norway. (Jonas Ekströmer / TT via AP) STOCKHOLM (AP) — Britain’s Prince William has praised Sweden’s embrace of the great outdoors, in particular…

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    The Right Brain Develops First – Why Play is the Foundation for Academic Learning

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    Did you know that the right brain develops first? It does so by the time children are four years of age. The left brain, on the other hand, doesn’t fully come online until children are approximately seven years old; hence the first seven years being recognized as such a critical period in child development. Understanding this we…

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    Nobles Waterpark

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    Nobles Waterpark, Douglas, Isle of Man – Play and Sports with Waterplay Solutions, is proud to announce winning the contract to design and build a new waterplay facility at Nobles Waterpark, Douglas, Isle of Man. Nobles Waterpark view 2    

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    Why spending time outdoors could help your child’s eyesight

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    Kids seem to spend endless hours on smartphones, games consoles, computers and tablets these days. Playing on electronic devices certainly doesn’t help their waistlines, but do you ever wonder what regular device use is doing to their eyesight? Full Article  

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    8 Reasons Why Kids Should Play Outside In Winter

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    Wait. Kids should play outside in winter? In the cold, wet, dreich weather…? Yes! And a big, FAT yes at that! There is a whole range of benefits as to why you should send your wee ones out to play no matter what the weather. Here’s why: Exercise is important regardless of the weather  …

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