Bringing Nature In: How to Promote Play and Relationships Using Natural Materials. A webinar for caregivers.
Many families may be experiencing a magnitude of emotions and unrest. Although the pandemic has brought caregivers and children physically closer together, it may simultaneously be influencing the emotional connection of caregivers and children, and our connection to the natural world. This workshop will explore the many benefits of using nature in expanding children’s overall development and play skills. It will showcase how parents and caregivers can use natural materials from their own yard, neighbourhood, or community, as a way to play with their children and build upon their parent-child relationship.
Caileigh Flannigan (Ont) supports children's mental health and development through her role as a qualifying Play Therapist and Infant and Child Development Specialist in Ontario. She is a professional member of the Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT) and is currently pursuing certification as a Certified Play Therapist (CPT). Outside of her career, Caileigh is a published outdoor play and loose parts researcher. She advocates for risky play in early childhood, and promotes natural outdoor play and gardening in city spaces. She facilitates professional workshops across Canada and is an online author for multiple internet blogs and websites.
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List of Required webinar materials: Anything natural: sticks, twigs, driftwood, stones, pebbles, leaves, flowers, pinecones, pine needles, etc.