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Playing Out

Playful Pedagogy Workshop Participants in kidZonePlaying Out is a three-level program on the value of play, practical applications for playwork, and refining existing outdoor spaces for play.  Play in nature is an ideal method for children to connect with their surroundings and develop an appreciation for the outdoors. Playing Out emphasizes play in nature and how to take advantage of the many affordances provided by the natural world.  Check out our calendar for upcoming workshops or email for more information.
 

Playing Out I: Foundations of Play

The first level of Playing Out is a two day intensive workshop that focuses on play theories, play’s role in a child’s development, play in learning environments and the importance of the adult in service of playing children (playwork).  Participants will come away inspired and ready to reinvigorate their programs working with children.

Pre-requisite: None

Homework: Pre and Post Workshop Assignments

Playing Out II: Space for Play

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The second level of Playing Out  is a two day course that takes into consideration the concepts covered in Foundations of Play and applies them to the design process.  Participants will explore ideas of nature and play and their combined application in the design of natural play spaces.

Pre-requisite: Playing Out I: Foundations for Play or Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience

Homework: Pre and Post Workshop Assignments

Playing Out III: Play In Practice

The third level of Playing Out  is a two day course that includes a strong nature immersion component that reinforces the benefits and importance of playing outside. In addition to exploring the outdoor environment, participants will review concepts covered in the first two modules and key themes associated with the management and support of playwork practice. Participants will discuss the challenges of supporting the unique qualities of children's play, affording opportunity to draw from personal experiences. Group work will include strategies for developing support structures and partnerships, incorporating play into their programs and everyday life, and how to ignite a culture change.  

Pre-requisite: Playing Out I and II or Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience

Homework: Pre and Post Workshop Assignments