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Vortigern 12FT Trampoline Replacement Padding Surround in Blue - Fits Round T...
Vortigern 12FT Trampoline Replacement Padding Surround in Blue - Fits Round T...
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Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality product, 18 Aug. 2014
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Great - perfect fit and works well.


Deluxe Loom Box Equipment Case with Official Rainbow Loom Kit 3000+ Bands and Clips
Deluxe Loom Box Equipment Case with Official Rainbow Loom Kit 3000+ Bands and Clips

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good quality, 18 Aug. 2014
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We bought this as it was advertised as official Rainbow loom. It is not, it is inferior quality and not what it is advertised as. Due to return postage costs we kept it, but have had to buy a "proper" kit elsewhere. Avoid.


Pedagogy of Place: Outdoor Education in a Changing World
Pedagogy of Place: Outdoor Education in a Changing World
by Brian Wattchow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone involved in outdoor learning needs to read this book, 12 May 2014
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An excellent and thoughtful book, peppered with real examples, of how place responsive outdoor learning could look and feel like.

As someone who has spent 20 years in outdoor centres and schools, I found this book challenging and yet also confirming of so many approaches and successes I have seen.

Matt
Outdoor Learning Officer
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Advanced Outdoor Learning - Creating a Whole-School Culture
Advanced Outdoor Learning - Creating a Whole-School Culture
by Craig Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and authoritative - excellent., 12 May 2014
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This is a book grounded in experience, for anyone with responsibility to develop their schools outdoor learning. Craig emphasises many of the pitfalls, but also the prize on offer of genuinely achieving sustainable change in our teachers practice and thinking.
Highly recommended for any teacher or leader in schools to read.

Matt
Outdoor Learning Officer
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The Wild City Book: Fun Things to do Outdoors in Towns and Cities
The Wild City Book: Fun Things to do Outdoors in Towns and Cities
by Jo Schofield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book to tempt you and your children outside..., 12 May 2014
The activities use natural resources easily found in gardens, local streets or parks, many have no cost and any that require shop bought ingredients are all low cost. Children of reading age would be able to flick through the book and choose independently due to the simple explanations and quality photographs. The lay out of the book is simple, easy to use and broken down into seven chapters of themed activities which give a wide choice of creative activities.
The Wild City Book is ideal for a quick reference tool for families and people who enjoy the outdoors with children of varied age ranges as the activities are adaptable to suit age and stage of the participants.

Matt
Outdoor Learning Officer
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Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden (Hands-On Family)
Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden (Hands-On Family)
by Renata Fossen Brown
Edition: Flexibound
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Flexible and inspiring, 12 May 2014
Gardening Lab for Kids is an activity book full of ideas to support parents and other concerned adults in encouraging children to connect with garden spaces through horticulture, science and the arts.
The book has a fresh, logical layout which makes it very accessible. It is broken down into a progressive series of units covering: the basics; getting started; theme gardening; green gardening; art and enjoying your garden. Each double page is a different ‘lab’ organized under the general unit themes. ‘Lab’ is the name adopted for each activity ( although not all are actually experiments) and the instructions for how to proceed are clear, concise and supported by visually appealing instructional images. The ‘labs’ include planting a seed in a bag, creating a shoe garden, making stepping stones or making a bird bath from car boot sale items.
The personality of the author comes across strongly in the way the book is written and it gives the impression that the hints and tips are genuinely offered from the author’s own experience. The tone is friendly, playful and reassuring which makes it easy and pleasurable to read. However, the book is written from an American perspective so certain species and brands of materials will not be relevant to a British reader.
In summary the book is a great place to stop by as a source of ideas to get children outside and engaged. It’s the type of publication that can be flicked through until a page catches your eye. It may suffer from a little confusion as to whether it is a science book, a craft book or a gardening book but on the other hand the fact that it offers a taster of all these elements does make it a broader more flexible resource.

Grounds for Learning Outdoor Officer
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