Balanced and Barefoot

Balanced and Barefoot

How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

Book - 2016
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"Today's kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television, video games, and computer screens. But more and more, studies show that children need "rough and tumble" outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions. In this important book, a pediatric occupational therapist explains why unrestrained movement and outdoor play are vital for children's cognitive development, and offers fun, engaging activities to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Oakland, CA :, New Harbinger Publications, Inc.,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781626253735
Characteristics: viii, 244 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Louv, Richard


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Wow! Such a fantastic book. It is a wonderful reminder to parents to let their kids play, away from the adult world, and the benefits of outdoor play that seem obvious, but are easily forgotten or overlooked. I would recommend this to all parents of young kids!

Dec 18, 2016

Hi, I thought some of you may be interested in this upcoming event.

Eco Explorers Bush Playgroups is excited to present Angela Hanscom, speaking in Melbourne next year in Jan about "The Decline of Nature Play & Rise in Sensory Issues."
Angela Hanscom is a leading U.S paediatric occupational therapist and the author of the award-winning book "Balanced and Barefoot" and founder of TimberNook, an internationally recognised nature play program in the United States.

Tickets are available via the link on the Facebook event. There will be a nature play marketplace with leading professionals so come at 6.30pm for a cuppa and to connect with others passionate about nature play.

The Decline in Nature Play & the Rise in Sensory Issues
January 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Ajani Centre in Melbourne, Australia

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