WildBright Play

WildBright Play

Helping organizations, educators, and parents support children’s healthy development through outdo

Operating as usual

11/11/2022

When was the last time you simply looked up?

It's amazing what a change in perspective can do.

Photos from WildBright Play's post 24/10/2022

Making rangoli and mandalas today to celebrate Diwali 💜

🎆 found natural materials
🎆 sand
🎆 chalk
🎆 water

= all day fun

Happy Diwali to all who celebrate!

27/09/2022

AUTUMN OUTDOOR PRESCHOOL TEACHER SERIES with

I am sharing all my knowledge about the world of loose parts (essentially everyday stuff that children play with) - why they are amazing, how to find them and store them, what to do with them (hint - that’s up to the children!) and so much more. I can’t wait for you to join us!

Happening tonight - Tuesday, September 27th from 6:30-8 PM (EST).

I know, I know… it’s late notice.
September has been rough with starting school and endless colds

But don’t worry - if you can’t make it tonight - there WILL be a recording!

Plus you’ll get access to the second presentation in October - “Planning and Designing Nature Projects in Metropolitan Areas” Presented by Jasmin Field from

Let's learn (and play) together!

Link in bio to register

14/07/2022

LIVE today on Instagram at 1pm! I'm chatting with Jesi from Phoenix Preworn: curated conscious capsules about dressing for play this summer. Tune in for all our best tips, and to ask us all your burning questions!

Timeline photos 13/07/2022

So, I can't really help with the last one 😂 , but I can help with a few of the others. 😊

How you ask? Well, I have 2 ways to help you gain back some precious time and energy.

👉Sign up for the Making Space for Mom Retreat - you won't regret it! There are tons of amazing speakers all ready to help you make time and space for you.

👉Download my NEW free guide on how to encourage more independent play at home.

You know the drill ➡ Check out the LINKS in my BIO, and let's find you again.

11/07/2022

This one is for the moms! Does it feel like mom life has you up against a wall? 😵‍💫 I see you mama, with no time to yourself. No room to do anything except what everyone else needs.

Here's an idea... what if we take a breather, just for one week, and do some things for yourself that would make your life:

🌿 more calm
🌿 more alive
🌿 more fun
🌿 a whole lot healthier

so that you feel beautiful, strong, in control, and at peace with the life you have built for your family?

Let’s help you find the time you don’t think you have at the
Making Space for Mom Virtual Event

July 18-22, 2022

It’s a breath of fresh air if you’re willing to take it.

And it's FREE.

It's all online so show up and tune in however you look, from wherever you are (I’ll be in my pyjamas!).

Follow the link in bio to register now!

Timeline photos 06/07/2022

I'm SO excited about this!

For those of you who know me, you know that I am passionate about children and play. I could talk for hours about it!

While much of my work is with educators and organizations, I also work with parents - to help them understand the value of play, support their child through play, and to create spaces that best provide for child-led play and discovery.

And - I’m a mom.

I’ve seen the impact that quality outdoor play can have on children - both in my work and as a parent.

We all want what’s best for children, but sometimes it’s hard to wade through all the advice, societal pressure, and guilt surrounding us and trust ourselves.

That’s why I’m excited to be a part of the Make Space for Moms Summit. I'll be talking about the why and the how of outdoor play - so that more adults will recognize the value of play and trust in themselves to advocate for and support it. So that every child has the opportunity to THRIVE.

Even if you’re not a mom, I guarantee you will get something out of this talk. And if you are a mom - well this is the event for you! There are over 25 speakers all focused on moms.

🤸‍♂️Let’s give children the childhood they deserve!
👉Sign up for this FREE event now - https://bit.ly/3P9XB2U

I can’t wait to see you there!

16/06/2022

Come join WildBright Play, TRCA, and the Peel Halton Nature Collaborative at this fun free family event on Saturday! We'll be exploring and playing in nature, discovering about pollinators and making seed balls!

Hi everyone,

The Peel-Halton Nature Collaborative will be hosting an event in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for June's Discover Your Neighbourhood event!

On Saturday June 18th, from 10:30-11:30am, families are invited to a morning of fun at Claireville Conservation Area in Brampton:

Event Title: Befriending Bees and Butterflies
Description: The end of June is Pollinator Week! Join TRCA on a fun and interactive program to learn the importance of bees and other pollinators in our local communities. Activities include a pollinator game, making seed balls and a nature walk!

Please register here: https://forms.gle/fTBwHf75rKrpm1Qx9.

Feel free to share this out to your networks and we hope to see you there!

13/05/2022

C'mon, let's get DIRTY! How comfortable are you with messy play? I'm sharing so much GOLD in this episode. From all the reasons why we need to let our kids get dirty, to tips and tricks to support messy play. You don't want to miss it!

https://linktr.ee/janepilskalnietis

Photos from WildBright Play's post 05/05/2022

Would you like to reduce the amount of time your family spends on screens? Now is a great time to make changes.💫

Screen Free Week is here: May 2-8

Swipe for tips on reducing screen time and increasing PLAY time from Playroom Consultant, Connie Huson, and Outdoor Play Specialist, Jane Pilskalnietis.

How much screen time is too much?
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends:
For children under two years old screen time is not recommended. (i.e., zero hours)
For children two to five years old limit screen time to less than one hour a day.
For children older than five limit screen time to less than two hours a day.

The pandemic created a need for more screen time than ever and it was impossible for families to follow the above recommendations.

With return to in-school learning and some familiar routines, it may be a great time for a reset.

Feel empowered to offer all the benefits of play and time outdoors for the health and well-being of your child, yourself, and your family! 🎉

Take the Screen Free Week pledge and get additional information and resources at www.screenfree.org

Follow Connie for tips on supporting your child's learning and creativity through play.

Follow Jane at WildBright Play for ideas and inspiration on outdoor play and nature connection.

Share your family's favourite screen free activities below!👇

Would you like to reduce the amount of time your family spends on screens?  Now is a great time to make changes.💫

Screen Free Week is coming up:  May 2-8

Swipe for tips on reducing screen time and increasing PLAY time from playroom consultant, Connie Huson, and outdoor play specialist, Jane Pilskalnietis.

How much screen time is too much?
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends: 
For children under two years old screen time is not recommended. (i.e., zero hours)
For children two to five years old limit screen time to less than one hour a day. 
For children older than five limit screen time to less than two hours a day.

The pandemic created a need for more screen time than ever and it was impossible for families to follow the above recommendations.

With return to in-school learning and some familiar routines, it may be a great time for a reset.

Feel empowered to offer all the benefits of play and time outdoors for the health and well-being of your child, yourself, and your family! 🎉

Take the Screen Free Week pledge and get additional information and resources at www.screenfree.org.

Follow @connie_huson for tips on supporting your child's learning and creativity through play.

Follow @janepilskalnietis for ideas and inspiration on outdoor play and nature connection. 

Share your family's favourite screen free activities below!👇

#screenfreeweek #screentime #play #getoutside #parenting 30/04/2022

Did you know Screen Free Week is coming up? Check out this post I did with playroom consultant Connie Huson for ideas on how to go screen free.

Would you like to reduce the amount of time your family spends on screens? Now is a great time to make changes.💫 Screen Free Week is coming up: May 2-8 Swipe for tips on reducing screen time and increasing PLAY time from playroom consultant, Connie Huson, and outdoor play specialist, Jane Pilskalnietis. How much screen time is too much? The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends: For children under two years old screen time is not recommended. (i.e., zero hours) For children two to five years old limit screen time to less than one hour a day. For children older than five limit screen time to less than two hours a day. The pandemic created a need for more screen time than ever and it was impossible for families to follow the above recommendations. With return to in-school learning and some familiar routines, it may be a great time for a reset. Feel empowered to offer all the benefits of play and time outdoors for the health and well-being of your child, yourself, and your family! 🎉 Take the Screen Free Week pledge and get additional information and resources at www.screenfree.org. Follow @connie_huson for tips on supporting your child's learning and creativity through play. Follow @janepilskalnietis for ideas and inspiration on outdoor play and nature connection.  Share your family's favourite screen free activities below!👇 #screenfreeweek #screentime #play #getoutside #parenting

22/04/2022

What does Earth Day mean to you?

To me it isn’t just about educating, creating activities, or sustainable practices. It’s definitely not about placing adult concerns, problems, and agendas on children.

It’s about providing opportunities for children to interact directly and deeply with the natural world, and to see themselves as part of that world. To build positive relationships with the land, the more than human world and with themselves.

We are not separate from nature.
We are nature. And nature is us.

Start from the beginning.
Create and sustain strong relationships.
That is the way forward.🌏

🌱What is one thing you can do this weekend to deepen your relationship with nature?

👉If you want to know more about David Sobel's work on Ecophobia send me a DM with 'Eco' and I'll send you some resources. 😊

Photos from WildBright Play's post 21/04/2022

TODAY is World Creativity and Innovation Day.

Creativity and innovation are skills that are desperately needed in our world today, and yet we are systematically killing creativity and imagination in our children.

In school children are often taught there is only one answer to a problem or question, and if they don’t get it right, they loose marks. We tell them there is a right and wrong way to do things. We reward those who figure out how to work within the system and ostracize or punish the ones who don’t.

And we rob them of their free time to explore who they are, what they want, and all the different ways to do things by putting them in structured adult led activities.

When do they get to explore, create, discover, wonder, fail, try again, question and theorize?

How can we make room for creativity, imagination, alternative thinking, and diverse perspectives?

Here’s my suggestions:

1. Prioritize play. Give them ample time to play, time to get bored, try things out, meet up with friends, explore their world.

2. Say yes to play – Let them get messy, dirty, and yes, maybe even a little hurt. What are they interested in? How can you support this? How can you make room for more child-led experiences?

3. Make space for play – both by stepping back and allowing play to unfold without adult interference and places and things to play with. This doesn’t have to be toys. Give them access to materials like dirt, mud, water, nature, sand, sticks, rocks, cardboard boxes, tubes, fabric, paint, chalk, dress up clothes, tape and string. Whenever possible allow these things to be easily accessible.

4. Create a safe, open-minded space for them to explore ideas, create, question things, brainstorm, and express their feelings.

5. Let them fail – Normalize failing and trying again. Try to stop yourself from fixing things for them. Celebrate failures as opportunities for learning and trying new things. Share your failures as well – let them know it’s okay to fail.

Want to encourage more creativity, innovation, and child-led play in your programs, but aren’t sure how?

Send me DM, and let’s chat!

Photos from WildBright Play's post 02/04/2022

🌿 Feeling Grateful 🌿

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to help in building a traditional Ojibwe Wiigiwaam for the children at Claireville Conservation Area.

It was a wonderful experience connecting, learning, and listening on the Land and with the Land.

Gichi Miigwech (thank you) to Dr. Hopi Martin, the The Peel-Halton Nature Collaborative, York Region Nature Collaborative, the TRCA and everyone involved. It was heartwarming to collaborate on this project - especially after so many years of stress and isolation.

Looking forward to returning to this place again and again 💜

🌿What place do you love returning to over and over?

11/03/2022

We've all been there! Whether you're an educator or parent, sometimes the kids are driving you nuts. What can you do?

Remove the walls and take those kids outside!

Reposted from Getoutsidewithkids

We were thrilled to be joined this week on the podcast by Outdoor Play Specialist . We had so much fun remembering how we played as kids and learning what “outdoor free play” actually is.

Main takeaways:
✅Free play can help kids’ bodies, brains and social skills.
✅Begin with a mindset that getting outdoors with your kids is an essential part of life. Start with 15 minutes a day.
✅Consider bringing “loose parts” or open ended things that kids can play with. Jane gives some great examples in the episode.

Check out this week’s episode “Remove the Walls” wherever you listen to podcasts!

📸 by After All Photography by Victoria Schwarzl

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