Education Resources

access resources for the outdoor classroom leader

A collection of resources and references for nature learning, the outdoor classroom and other relevant material. Practical Wisdom found the following links useful but suggest that you read them critically and relate to your context and understandings.

Articles on International Mud Day

These articles explore the why of International Mud Day and  how others have participated.  International Mud Day is an opportunity to engage communities, and across communities to get to know each other ,the world we live in and celebrate being ‘Children of the Earth’. How will you celebrate?

Chicago Tribune – It’s a dirty little secret: Playing in mud isn’t so bad for kids

World Forum Foundation – International Mud Day 2014

Hands On – 30+ Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt

Take Part – 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play in the Dirt

World Forum Foundation – Musings from Mud Day: A Joyful Conversation

Nature Explore – Mud Changed Me



Recommended Children Books’

Hewett, A., & Broomfield, R. (1966). Mrs. Mopple’s washing line. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company.

McLaughlin, T. (n.d.). The cloudspotter.

Mellonie, B., & Ingpen, R. (1996). Lifetimes. London: Dragon’s World.

Perry, S. (1995). If … Malibu, CA: J.P. Getty Museum.

Tan, S. (2002). The red tree. Vancouver: Simply Read Books.

McLerran, A., & Cooney, B. (1991). Roxaboxen. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.

Websites to Explain things to Kids

Weather Wiz Kids 


Books to Read

Banning, W., & Sullivan, G. (2011). Lens on outdoor learning. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.

Bloor, S., & Bloor, T. (n.d.). Loose parts.

Campbell, F. (2013). The hunter-gatherer way: Putting back the apple (3rd ed.). Buckfastleigh: Wild Food Pub.

Carson, R., & Pratt, C. (1965). The sense of wonder. New York: Harper & Row.

Christie, T., & McBride, B. (2011). Respect: A practitioner’s guide to calm & nurturing infant care & education. Wellington, N.Z.: Childspace Early Childhood Institute.

Cornell, J., & Cornell, J. (1989). Sharing nature with children II: A sequel to the classic parents’ & teachers’ nature awareness guidebook. Nevada City, Calif.: Dawn Publications.

Danks, F., & Schofield, J. (2009). Go wild!: 101 things to do outdoors before you grow up. London: Frances Lincoln.

Dewey, J., Boydston, J. A., & Dewey, J. (1980). The school and society. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Elkind, D. (2007). The power of play: How spontaneous, imaginative activities lead to happier, healthier children. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Lifelong.

Elliott, S. (2008). The outdoor playspace naturally for children birth to five years. Castle Hill, N.S.W.: Pademelon Press.

Gardner, H. (1982). Art, mind, and brain: A cognitive approach to creativity. New York: Basic Books.

Goleman, D. (1995). Emotional intelligence. New York: Bantam Books.

Johnston, P. (2004). Choice words how our language affects children’s learning. Portland, Me.: Stenhouse.

Kahn, P. H. (1999). The human relationship with nature: Development and culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kellert, S. R., & Wilson, E. O. (1993). The Biophilia hypothesis. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Louv, R. (2005). Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Louv, R. (2011). The nature principle: Human restoration and the end of nature-deficit disorder. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

McAuliffe, G., & McAuliffe, M. (2009). The humble honky nut: Awakening relationships with nature through indoor environments. Churchlands, W.A.: Bold Park Community School.

Nabhan, G. P., & Trimble, S. (1994). The geography of childhood: Why children need wild places. Boston: Beacon Press.

Nelson, E. (2012). Cultivating outdoor classrooms: Designing and implementing child-centered learning environments. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.

Paley, V. (2010). The boy on the beach building community through play. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Sobel, D. (2008). Childhood and nature: Design principles for educators. Portland, Me.: Stenhouse.

Sobel, D. (2011). Wild play: Parenting adventures in the great outdoors. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books ;.

Tovey, H. (n.d.). Bringing the Froebel approach to your early years practice.

Tovey, H. (2007). Playing outdoors spaces and places, risk and challenge. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Warden, C. (n.d.). Learning with nature: Embedding outdoor practice.

White, J. (2014). Playing and learning outdoors: Making provision for high quality experiences in the outdoor environment with children 3-7 (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.