Balanced and Barefoot

Balanced and Barefoot

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

Book - 2016
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In this important book, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children s cognitive development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging activities to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.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. Disturbingly, a lack of movement has been shown to lead to a number of health and cognitive difficulties, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), emotion regulation and sensory processing issues, and aggressiveness at school recess break. So, how can you ensure your child is fully engaging their body, mind, and all of their senses?Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis author Angela Hanscom offers several activities to help your child thrive, even if you live in an urban environment.Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We ve taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before, and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments.With this book, you ll discover activities you can do anytime, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Publisher: Oakland, CA :, New Harbinger Publications,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781626253735
Branch Call Number: 306.481 Han
Characteristics: viii, 244 pages


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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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