Category Archives: Food for Thought

Initiatives, ideas, philosophies and guest posts

Is the UK really that much behind Europe when it comes to outdoor/nature play?

There has been a lot of mention of how badly Britain fares in comparison to other European countries in relation to children playing outside, or having quality play time in nature. As someone who grew up in one of the … Continue reading

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The Children’s Garden under threat?

The Children’s Garden is a little gem in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. It’s tucked away up on a hill, next to a play park, and it’s an oasis for families. For 10 year, volunteers have developed the former derelict land into … Continue reading

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Into the Woods in Toryglen

Toryglen in the southeast of Glasgow is home to both a suburban social housing and private housing estate and a community woodland which is surprisingly rural. The community based organisation Urban Roots has been working here for a while on … Continue reading

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Top 10 Christmas Treats for the Nature Kid

So your child is a Nature Kid and you’re looking for the ideal Christmas present? Look no further, here are some ideas that don’t cost the world. 1. A kite. Make it yourself (it’s easy!) or get a kite making … Continue reading

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Nurturing Outdoor Play with Grounds for Learning

In the past year, there have been a few exciting new initiatives which nurture children’s connection with nature and outdoor play. It’s about time that I featured these in a little series here on Nature Kids Glasgow, as examples of … Continue reading

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The Hidden Gardens’ Code of Conduct

One of our favourite hang outs are the Tramway and the Hidden Gardens in Pollokshields. There is so much we love about it – a cafe and shelter, the piece and quiet of the gardens. You know, just yesterday when … Continue reading

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Enough is Enough, Ditch the Stuff!

This Sunday afternoon, in the west end of Glasgow, there will be a connecting children with nature event which sounds like music to my ears. I hardly know where to start, and I’ve been waiting for a while to write … Continue reading

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Outdoor Play Practice in the Early Years

I started Nature Kids not because I’m an expert on all things outdoors and kids. Far from it. The idea was conceived at the Museum for Rural Life, on the spur of the moment, but with a lot of clarity. … Continue reading

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Around the block

Getting more nature play often sounds like a big massive task. If you are in the city, surely it means travelling a bit to get out of the smoke and noise? Yet really, playing outdoors and connecting with nature can … Continue reading

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Living Willow Dome and Tunnel

There are many great initiatives and project in Glasgow. One of them is quite local to me, the Battlefield Community Project which looks after a community garden in the heart of Battlefield which is in the Southside of Glasgow. This … Continue reading

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