Blog Category: Play & Nature Play

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The Importance of Bare Feet

Surely one of the cutest parts of newborn babies is their feet. They are like[...]

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The importance of movement and play

Maggie talks about how critical movement, music and play are to young children.[...]

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Stop stealing childhood in the name of education

In this “Maggie Moment”, Maggie passionately shares her concerns about the ‘push down’ of formalised[...]

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How Risk Can Benefit Children

In this “Maggie Moment”, Maggie talks about how as a society we can tend to[...]

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Why We Need to Prioritise Play

In this “Maggie Moment”, Maggie responds to a Facebook post from a mum who is[...]

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Why iPad playgrounds are a bad idea for shops and kids

This article was first published at Essential Kids. Can modern childhood get any more weird?[...]

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The shift back to nature play – it’s happening!

Many of you know of my passionate commitment to outside play in our homes, schools[...]

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Accidents happen and so they should!

A very good friend of mine shared a funny story one day about her young[...]

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Are we about to ban childhood altogether?

As a passionate advocate for allowing children a childhood that allows them to play as[...]

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Move baby, move: Why movement matters for babies

As parents we often can’t wait until our babies can crawl and then walk, and[...]

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Getting Kids Active

In a world where screens seem to dominate, statistics for Australian kids around activity levels are[...]

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In praise of a dangerous, dirty childhood

Originally published in Parenting Ideas. I think there is something missing from the average modern[...]

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Boys and gaming: finding the balance

Original article published at essentialkids.com.au Gaming on a computer or device is a wildly popular[...]

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Maggie’s message about natural playgrounds

There is clear and consistent evidence about the many benefits for children and the wider[...]

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Q&A webinar with parents – 3/02/2014

In this 1 hour recording of a live webinar Q&A conducted between Maggie and a[...]

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Let children judge risks, be resilient

When I was a young lass, most of the kids I knew only had to[...]

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A Bit of Shoosh Please… We’re Making Magic

When my four sons were young and I was working as a teacher life was[...]

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School Readiness – Helping Parents Decide

This article discusses how teachers can support parents in deciding if children are ready for[...]