Date: Thursday November 30, 2023
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm MST
Have a group of 5 or more educators? We offer a 10% discount. Reach out to email@example.com.
This session has been approved for professional development funding and 2.0 hours of release time for Alberta Early Childhood Educators.
Embracing the magic of loose parts play outdoors can sometimes bring worry and reluctance as there are common fears amongst educators, such as safety, following children’s lead and uncertainty of how to effectively implement loose parts play into your outdoor environment.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to develop a loose parts mindset that will support you in the dynamic requirements of this play. We will present a reflective framework that will guide your decisions, actions, and interactions with any outdoor environment to provoke curiosity and support play. Finally, you will explore the different roles you can take on, and how to support a flow between observation, scaffolding, and direct engagement. By the end of this workshop, you’ll feel confident in implementing loose parts play in any outdoor environment and find a connection with your fellow educators.
A recording of the webinar will be provided for those who register, you will have access for three months. Along with the recording, registrants will receive a workbook summarizing the session and offering a space to put into action the ideas from the session.
Meet your presenters
Christina Pickles is an outdoor play advocate and founder of Get Outside and Play, an organization that ensures more outdoor play in early learning and care settings, schools, and communities through events, presentations, workshops, and consulting.
She has been supporting outdoor experiences with people of all ages for 20+ years and 8 years ago, pivoted her work to put play at the centre of everything she does. She believes play is the best way children (and adults) connect with the land, their communities, their bodies, and each other.
She lives along the Bow River in Calgary Alberta and can be found walking her dog Clover or chasing after her adventurous 9 year old.