Below you’ll find an extensive collection of outdoor games (many based on traditional formats) that are active, sociable, and hopefully, fun. They’ve been designed to help increase youngsters’ understanding and appreciation of the Northeastern Forest bioregion: its creatures and vital processes. Also included are correlations with the Next Generation Science Standards, a variety of supporting visuals, some simple creative dramatics for very young students, and many suggestions for ways that these activities and projects can be expanded. Additionally, there are sections highlighting the pedagogical and philosophical rationale for this kind of learning. The title for this manuscript draft is Circling the Sun, Racing the Wind. It was recently transformed into its current book and online pdf format by the remarkably gifted Lisa Greenleaf of Greenleaf Design Studio.
Any reflections, suggestions, or questions about this collection would be very welcome, especially since I’m in the last phases of refining and revising both the draft’s writing and illustrations. My thanks and best wishes to those of you who joined the workshops based around earlier versions of this collection on August 2, 2019 at the Nature-Based Early Learning Conference, and on October 8, 2020 at the New Hampshire Farm to School Conference, as well as to those of you who are currently considering these materials for possible sharing with your students.
To view the entire document, please click on the cover illustration and scroll down.