Thrive Autumn Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families by Gillian Powell M.Ed.

'Thrive Autumn Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families is the second of four books by Irish Author Gillian Powell, M.Ed. We are delighted to announce that we now have this available on the Early Years Shop!

For 32 years, Gillian owned and managed a Montessori school in Bandon, Co. Cork. This early years setting catered for over fifty children. The emphasis was always on outdoors education.

Outdoors education in three early years settings in Ireland was also the focus of Gillian's research during the course of her study for a Masters in Education at University College, Cork.

Gillian has now used her experience to pen this set of four wonderful books 'Thrive'. The aim of the books is to guide and help early years educators and families to connect with nature throughout the four seasons of the year. The latest book in the series focuses on the season of Autumn.

From the book;

Play is the most important thing in any child's life, so free play is vital in any outdoor adventure, but this series of books is about turning play opportunities into opportunities to learn. This is best done gently and encouragingly. Thrive activities will help you and yours to a sense of emotional, mental and physical health and well-being in the modern world.

Research in "Science Advance", where researchers built a forest floor daycare, shows that play outside amongst the bio-diverse microbes, after just one month, changed the children's immune system. Thrive activities will also provide wonderful opportunities for cognitive development. Pull on the boots, wrap up and let's explore outside in Autumn.'

Thrive Autumn Outdoor Nature Activities Book Contents

The Autumn Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families book includes over 60 pages of games and activities that can be done with children throughout the Autumn months. This includes various activities around well being, emotional, creative, math, developing language and even some Halloween Fun! All of the activities included are suitable for children between the ages of 2 and 8 years of age.

Thrive seeks to help parents and early years educators enjoy time outdoors, in all weathers, in the garden, in a field, in a forest or at the ocean. The book includes a small list of items that you will need for the children in order to get outside in the Autumn. These include items such as clothes, wellies, snacks and little treasure bags!

The book encourages the use of many natural items such as leaves, stones, seeds and nuts as part of the outdoor learning. This is a wonderful book from an Irish Author and would make a great addition to any early years setting  looking to connect more with nature this Autumn! See below video for a brief introduction to the book!


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