‘Beyond Our Garden Gate‘ is a fabulous picture book resource for early childhood teachers who are keen to encourage nature play.
The two children in the story, play an imagination game in the Australian bush. The illustrations depict what is happening in the natural world, whilst the narrative is written from the viewpoint of the children’s imagination.
Some suggestions for supplementing this book with nature play activities include:
Using rocks, wet sand, or dry leaves to create a picture collage
Sand castle towns
Make your own paper crowns
Come up with ideas of what your own outdoor settings could be using your imagination.