Wild play is time in nature with no agenda, no toys, and a spirit of adventure. It's easy to inspire this kind of play with your own children, no matter how much space or experience you have. Here's what you need:
Does the idea of getting outside with your family intimidate you? What do you DO when you get out there?
I rounded up eight books full of activities, inspiration, and resources for an entire childhood's worth out outdoor nature play no matter the weather or location. No matter your comfort and skill level, you can inspire and explore nature together as a family!
This week I met up with Stacey Band, assistant director and lead Montessori Guide at Broad Branch Children's House in Washington DC to share how she built a supportive home for her 16 month old, E. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to see her resource recommendations for parents!
We don't often consider the importance of spoken language and the role it plays in learning to read and write. But the truth is, you can't write if you don't have something to say, and you can't read if you don't understand another person's spoken thoughts. Before you even consider things like the sound games, letter practice, or early readers, work on these four key conditions for a strong foundation in spoken language at home.
It's there, right on the edge of their current abilities that children are able to focus, practice, and eventually master a skill. (The same is true for adults btw). These activities offer just the right amount of challenge and interest for young children, and in turn build independence, grit, and real skills. Here's a few examples by age to get you started.