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Back To School? Make some Time for Free Play


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Across the country, schools are about to reopen their doors for the Autumn Term and school will officially be back in session.  As the lazy afternoons spent in the back garden, the beach or in local park turn back into hurried schedules filled with early starts, homework and extracurricular activities, we need to remember the importance of incorporating some time for free play into our kids daily lives.

  • Play and time outside is vital for children to digest what has been learnt in school and to do a different kind of learning.
  • It is through play that children first learn how to make decisions, solve problems, exert self-control, and follow rules.
  • Play gives children a chance to find and develop a connection to their own self-identified and self-guided interests.
  • Children learn to handle their emotions, including anger and fear, during play.
  • Play helps children make friends and learn to get along with each other as equals.
  • Most importantly, play is a source of happiness.

However, limiting outdoor playgrounds to gross motor activities falls way short of the potential of outdoor areas to be rich play and learning environments for children. Music in a free-play environment, where it’s hands-on and interactive, will not only encourage children’s musical self-expression it will help self-confidence and self-esteem to grow and grow. Creating areas for music and sound exploration outdoors will help integrate music into the everyday experience of the children.

Outdoor Musical Instruments Arrive in Romania

The Libra Foundation takes UK students out to Romania to work in children’s residential centres, with children from Roma communities and with underprivileged Romanian children. The residential centres are home to children and young people with varying needs and abilities; from learning difficulties to specific physical needs and requirements. The children from the Roma communities are often developmentally delayed, live [...]

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Why Build a Musical Sensory Garden?

We recently released our guide to building the perfect musical garden, with tips on planning, planting and percussion. We want everyone to enjoy music and sound in the great outdoors. It’s free to download right now!Everyone Can Enjoy ThemThere’s a preconception with the word sensory – it feels loaded. It’s as if it means “only for disabled people” or [...]

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Help wake up your spring senses with our '5 Ways to Celebrate Spring with Music and Movement'

1 Go for a listening walk There are all kinds of sounds to be discovered outside, especially in the Springtime. Listen for and talk about the spring sounds that are all around - then use your outdoor musical instruments to create melodic representations of these sounds. This will help children recognise the various sounds and [...]

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Outdoor Musical Activity - Dynamics - with Easter Eggs!

Introducing dynamics to young children is an invitation to make some noise and is the perfect subject to take outside and make good use of your outdoor musical instruments.This music activity is great fun to play at Easter time, introducing the children to dynamics whilst enjoying an chocolate egg hunt. However, you don’t need to [...]

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Guide to Building the Perfect Musical Garden

Whether you are planning a new interactive sensory garden, or making an existing landscape more sensory-rich, there are so many benefits – happily all relatively easy to achieve. The design and layout of your musical garden, if you get it right, should provide a stimulating journey through the senses, with opportunities for seeing, smelling, hearing, touching and tasting.Typically, sensory [...]

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Make Some Music Outdoors On World Book Day

In the UK and Ireland today is  World Book Day!World Book Day is a celebration of children’s books and reading and marked in over 100 countries around the globe – although in other countries World Book Day takes place at a different time of year (usually in April).This is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, [...]

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​Wrap Up Warm and Get Outside: Why the music shouldn’t stop for winter

On these cold, dark wintery days, weather is the thing most likely to keep kids from playing outside. It is very easy to turn up the thermostat, lose track of our ‘screen time’ and minimise our exposure to the elements. However, being out in the cold fresh air for most children is a wonderful and uplifting experience and they [...]

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Percussion Play Instruments Feature in US Town 'Battle of the Bands'!

Percussion Play have been working with Symphoria - the musician-owned and operated successor to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra - to create permanent outdoor musical instrument 'stations' in three locations across downtown Syracuse. Two of the sound stops (#SyrSoundStops) have been installed already in Columbus Circle and Lemp Park. The third location will be the Everson [...]

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Percussion Play says 'Namaste' India

We're delighted to share with you photos of the first play area in India to feature Percussion Play instruments thanks to our representation by the great people at Pan India Play.Based in Pune, Maharashtra and established in 1996, Pan India have been providing play solutions to a wide spectrum of projects from schools, residential developments, holiday resorts, local parks and [...]

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