Friday, December 16, 2011

An early Christmas present for me...

Better a broken bone than a broken spirit.

"Planning for Play" by Lady Allen of Hurtwood is available as a pdf download over at playscapes. I'm  on it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lets Move

The Let's Move campaign (started by Michelle Obama) in the US has a newly designed website with some great ideas on how to get adults and kids active. My favourite is "Plant a School Garden".

"School gardens offer opportunities for fun and physical activity while also serving as an important educational tool to help students understand how healthy food is produced and where their food comes from. Some research suggests that, when used as part of a nutrition education strategy, school gardens can increase knowledge of fruits and vegetables and influence behavior change among children.
  • Plant an indoor or outdoor fruit, vegetable or herb garden that students are responsible for tending to and growing. Enjoy the "fruits" of your labor at harvest time!
  • If resources are an issue, help students develop a partnership with local businesses, parents or other community groups such as the USDA Cooperative Extension Service. Many communities have “master gardener” programs that could help.
  • Incorporate school gardens into classroom lessons (e.g., science, cooking) to provide students with hands-on, multi-disciplinary learning activities. Food service staff can make students more familiar with the school garden produce through taste tests and learning food preparation techniques for a healthy meal.
  • Schools can further make the link between agriculture and nutritious food by inviting local farmers’ markets to operate from area school yards. "
Check out the new icon My Plate instead of the old food pyramid while you're there......

Queen Elizabeth II Field Challenge

Wow. This is fantastic.

A bit late but better late than never.....  Check out website here.

I wish I'd thought of this

We have these types of recycling bins here in Denmark and whenever I see them together they appear to be talking to each other or singing. Like funny little aliens...... So when I saw Timm Schneider's work, I just laughed. Brilliant.

I'm almost tempted to get a pair of "eyes" myself......

Again via Colossal.

Olsen Zander


Amazing photos from Olsen Zander, who has been wrapping trees in fabric in and around the UK for the last 10 years. 

Found via Colossal. Also check out the recycled plastic bottle Christmas tree in Lithuania post there as well.

How the World Works

Lovely book for kids that just won The Royal Society young peoples book prize. Find more pictures of it over at the Guardian, plus if there's still time and you live in the UK, there's a free giveaway.....

How the World Works.