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First Stop: Newfoundland

On way home from Newfoundland to Ithaca, sitting in the Halifax, Nova Scotia airport. Just had a great trip to St John's, Newfoundland to give a keynote talk all about the natural playscape movement. Folks there are EXCITED! Talking about the natural playscape...

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Newfoundland Drinking Songs!

The night before my early morning keynote as I'm tweaking my slideshow in my hotel room I get a call to come up to the party in room 416 - "there's a guitar, drinks, and lots of singing! come on up! do you have any spoons you can bring?" My goal was to take it easy,...

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Enter: New Zealand!

OK. Here we go. Flying into New Zealand.  Ithaca to Philadelphia to Los Angeles. (6 hours)  Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand. (12 hours!) Surprisingly, it wasn't that bad. Got some sleep. Watched 3 movies. Sipped champagne! Then Auckland to Whangerei (pronounced...

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Open Spaces Preschool!

OK. Check out this place. One of the great preschools of the world. The kids are indoors - outdoors, whichever they choose. great BIG sand play (wait until you see the MUD PLAY - stay tuned till next week, friends), chickens, pigs, cows, a pet DEER for heavens's sake!...

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Kids in The Wild Woods

We’re halfway into our New Zealand - Australia journey, kicking back for a day in Christchurch, NZ - the biggest city on New Zealand’s south island. After spending our first week on the north island, yesterday we took a 3-hour ferry ride to the south island. All was...

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Marvelous MUD

Last day in New Zealand. Heading out to Sydney early tomorrow morning. Today we finished building the foundation of a sweet little waterfall water feature at the Linwood Playcentre. Yesterday we layed boulders, gravel and hardware cloth wire mesh to create a base for...

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Swarm Build

Willow huts. Herb gardens. Sand pits. Sunflower houses. Tree tunnels. Stepping stones. You probably have a million ideas for ways to spice up your outdoor play space with new natural features. But how are you going to get all that work done?

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Thailand Tire-Nature Playground

Thailand Tire-Nature Playground

Winter time here. Grey skies. Ice and snow on the ground. Wood fire keeping things toasty inside. Sledding and skiing as daily fun-time activities. Not bad! Now of course in the southern hemisphere it's sunny hot summer and I still have a winter's worth of summery...

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Snow Day

Winter fun at The Seed Center - a home-based childcare center in Ithaca, NY owned by Jacquelyn and Aaron Buchel. Their program is wonderful and they have a beautiful environment for the children, inside and outside. I have been enjoying visiting to photograph the...

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Ice, Salt, Color; FUN

Ice, Salt, Color; FUN

Another fun visit to the Seed Center in Ithaca, NY. Inspired by Bev Bos, Jacquelyn put out frozen ICE BLOCKS in bins and gave the kids salt and food coloring. The salt melts the ice in fascinating patterns and the color, well, colors it! Fun stuff on a warm summer's...

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Water. You Know What to Do.

Water. You Know What to Do.

Summer is over, but that doesn't mean you can't dip in the water a little bit longer. Here is a fun sequence of my awesome niece ZORA enjoying the shallow water at Buttermilk Falls State park in Ithaca, NY. She lives in the big city of Washington, DC, but give her a...

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International MUD DAY

International MUD DAY

Woo hoo!  International Mud Day at the new Hands-on-Nature ANARCHY ZONE at the Ithaca Children's Garden. YEAH!!!!  Mud pools, mud slides, mud pies, mud cloth, mud mountains. We got 60 cubic yards of screened topsoil delivered and the Ithaca fire department...

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East Atlanta Playscape DESIGN!

East Atlanta Playscape DESIGN!

hey y'all - check out our fun new design for The Highlander School in Atlanta, started by the amazing Rukia Rogers! We'll be doing a volunteer construction day in 2 weeks - if you're in the neighborhood stop by. The more the merrier! (and yes: those are SHEEP you see...

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my little JJ, away!

my little JJ, away!

I just dropped my little 18-month old son JJ off  at "childcare" for the first time. My heart is overflowing with emotions. We had been keeping his care "in the family" so to speak, so far splitting childcare time between myself, my wife, and my parents who live...

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Ice Laboratory

Ice Laboratory

Hello fellow earthplayers! Are you having a fun winter? (or summer, for those of you soaking in the sun “down under”)  Here in Ithaca NY it’s been cold! Really cold. Almost pushing the limits of our favorite saying, “no bad weather, just bad clothing”. But not...

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Playscape projects

Water. You Know What to Do.

Water. You Know What to Do.

Summer is over, but that doesn't mean you can't dip in the water a little bit longer. Here is a fun sequence of my awesome niece ZORA enjoying the shallow water at Buttermilk Falls State park in Ithaca, NY. She lives in the big city of Washington, DC, but give her a...

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East Atlanta Playscape DESIGN!

East Atlanta Playscape DESIGN!

hey y'all - check out our fun new design for The Highlander School in Atlanta, started by the amazing Rukia Rogers! We'll be doing a volunteer construction day in 2 weeks - if you're in the neighborhood stop by. The more the merrier! (and yes: those are SHEEP you see...

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