Tag Archives: Woods

Gruffalo Hunting

Well now, this is an interesting project: Gruffalo hunting is the new Bear Hunt… Outdoor nation makes some important points about children (and parents) and their thinking about outdoor exploration, suggesting this is an area worthy of some serious discourse … Continue reading

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Teeny Tiny and the Witch Woman

Fantastic animated version of Michael Foreman’s illustrations http://youtu.be/dR0L_aBp490 – but I’ll present this here sans paroles, letting the story speak for itself for now.

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Playing Outdoors

Some very interesting links here for the New Year, for example this one on play in the Early Years or the more general link to a map (which perhaps could do with a bit of elaboration – I note some gaps round Oxford … Continue reading

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Old Road

To return to Rachel Kaplan’s argument I began to explore a while back – really to revisit my walk (not really very adventurous)  up Old Rd in Headington to the Hollow Way down into Wheatley. The Kaplans (Kaplan and Kaplan … Continue reading

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Merlin, Arthur, Bath

No, not some odd piece of fan fiction: this weekend’s visit to Bath raised further questions about ‘real’ landscapes and traditional tales. It is certainly something of a tourist pull – I admit I felt it myself. Had the ‘real’ … Continue reading

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More wolves – this time, a l’envers

I have two books in front of me as I write. One is the book I was going to write about – Sandra Beckett’s Recycling Red Riding Hood – the other (Rosa’s) is the movie companion for New Moon It … Continue reading

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Suffolk Chalk Pits

More questions than answers in this post: a work in progress. The more I think of there really being chalk pits in Suffolk, the more I want to explore more deeply my assumptions about the universal mythic landscape. A sideline … Continue reading

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I got away to a place in the wood I’d never seen before

A significant detail in Jacobs’ telling of Tom Tit Tot, especially since this story has a cognate in Rumplestiltskin that has rather that precedence over the English version, and according to a much earlier commentator, has much in common with … Continue reading

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Outside Over There: The story of the Grandmother

It was interesting reciting the edgy DeLaRue/Zipes’ reconstruction of the Story of the Grandmother to PGCE students in the woods today, those lovely dappled woods where the magpies chatter and one group saw a deer and we all felt at … Continue reading

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Escape into the Outdoors: messages from children’s literature

I’m trying, in this exploratory study, to add to an understanding of how we experiences for children in the outdoors: what professionals see as the “enabling environments’ encouraged by the new Early Years Foundation Stage and, in the context of … Continue reading

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