Wow, where did the Summer go?!

Can’t believe it’s already August. We’ve had some great adventures so far this summer – hope you are too! Thanks to Roots & Boots Forest School, Indian Point Young Naturalists’ Club, University Childrens’ Centre at Dalhousie, and WJCC Summer Camp, among others, for hosting loose parts play in all kinds of environments and play spaces!

It was great to see lots of folks were out supporting the Summer of PLEY events! I was able to take in a couple things on the last day, and got to meet Dr Brussoni, which was really cool. Check out Play Outside NS for more information on the PLEY project – TwitterFacebookweb page.

#Campference2019 was awesome!

What a great event!  It was fabulous to meet almost 100 other people from 8 countries that do playwork in such a wide variety of ways!  I learned that what I do is called “play ranging”, because I take my gear with me on the road, instead of hosting an adventure playground. It was awesome to know that what I do is actually a “thing”!  About 3/4 of the attendees made a presentation of some sort, so there was lots of sharing and learning and business cards exchanged.

Came home with lots of photos, pages of notes, and even got to help with some construction at the Parish School’s Adventure Playground.

Can’t take credit for this one – this is Maggie’s work!

I got to help put up a phone pole!


Lots of Adult Education happening….

It hasn’t been a busy winter for play dates, as the weather has provided us with an astonishing amount of ice on the ground. On the up side though, I have had several opportunities to present professional development programs to ECE and recreation staff in a few different venues around Halifax. Loose Parts 101 continues to be popular, but I’ve also developed a 2 hour module on ‘rough and tumble play’ at the request of an early learning centre. That module is now generally available to other centres.