Red Nose Day 2019

Red Nose Day 2019

Ready Steady Go! RED NOSE DAY 2019 is nearly here!

This Friday on 15 March, people across the country will be coming together to have a go at doing anything funny or fun to raise money for Comic Relief. No matter how big or small a gesture or activity, all the small donations of money add up in the end, making supporting people in need both in the UK and around the world that little bit easier. The more money raised the more of a difference the Comic Relief team can make.

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Get Comfy, World Book Day is on the Horizon

World Book Day

Celebrate World Book Day this March

At Schoolscapes we truly understand the importance of reading and learning from books all the year around. But, we particularly love to join in with this fun celebration of books and reading for World Book Day on 7th March 2019, alongside all the schools, nurseries and families out there! For many, this provides an opportunity to celebrate authors, illustrators, poets, books of all types and genres and more importantly just the power of reading!

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The Benefits of Storytelling

The Benefits of Storytelling

Storytelling has stood the test of time. We all love stories, whether a fascinating story around a campfire; an interesting story of heritage and history, passed down through the generations; an enjoyable novel on holiday or listening to a child’s first go at stringing events together in a factual or amusing traditional or personal tale.

Storytelling Week is a celebration of all things story: from adventure stories to traditional tales, from mysteries to science fiction. Stories inspire the imagination and record histories from modern day to the distant past. Storytelling supports the acquirement of so many skills from baby, through to child and onward into adulthood. It provides a holistic approach to personal development, building upon vocabulary, memory, imagination, emotional awareness and informing physical, spiritual and intellectual understanding.

At Schoolscapes we truly value the importance of storytelling and creative and imaginative thinking and this informs a large part of our innovative, outdoor playground designs. Why limit storytelling to the indoors? The opportunities to inspire children both through quality books and through physical, active storytelling outdoors are limitless.

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4 Benefits gained from Solving Puzzles

4 Benefits Gained From Solving Puzzles

People have loved solving puzzles for generations, whether they are simple or challenging, tactile or virtual. But are there any real benefits of solving puzzles for child development?

Early on in life, puzzles may have large wooden knobs to help children to manipulate the parts. They may have smaller parts that join to make a whole picture or match shapes to pictures of objects. It is usual for many children to experience a range of jigsaw puzzles of varying complexity both at school and at home, an interest that some take into adulthood, or others may return to in the calmer, later years of life.

Often there is an image to help you to complete the puzzle, the result which will stay the same. But puzzles have now become more complex and more challenging than ever, so much so some people even become experts in their specific puzzle field and enter competitions worldwide!

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Climbing: The Physical and Mental Benefits

Climbing: The Physical and Mental Benefits

All children love to climb and explore, whether it’s scampering up a tree, scaling the sides of an adventure play tower, clambering on a bench or just scrambling up a rock to look around. In fact, you could even go as far as saying that from babies to adults, we just love to climb. It allows children to easily see their world from a new and different perspective and challenges those who dare to reach exhilarating heights.

Climbing certainly enables children to go on a journey of discovery where they will learn to make decisions, solve problems and to take risks at the same time as developing physical strength, balance and agility. Climbing provides great all-around exercise as it uses so many muscles in the body, as well as engaging numerous parts of the brain! It also creates improved self-esteem and independence as children learn to successfully set their own targets and plan and adapt their own routes.

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