Forest Kindergartens are growing in popularity all over the world. They acknowledge that children learn best through exploration, discovery, and that Nature is one of our greatest sources of wisdom. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/30/nyregion/30forest.html?_r=1
The Playscaped Yard | Rhythm of the Home | this blog post made me feel good about my free form not amazingly manicured back yard. the kids really do have lots of natural play space that way. my personal fav is the dirt pile. we inadvertently made one and its been our kids favorite thing this spring/summer.