(Goblin is nearly 4)
Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio educational techniques all pay a lot of attention to the learning environment. While on holiday in Wales I started to realise what an amazing learning environment the beach can be.
One of the main reasons that the beach offers such wonderful opportunities for kids is actually the effect it has on parents. Parents on the beach tend to be more relaxed, less rushed and less bothered by mess, noise, and other things that can be annoying when cooped up in the environment of the home.
They get to do things that need big open spaces.
They can fling themselves about with less risk of injury.
And even the messiest of messy play can be washed off in the sea.
They have freedom in space and freedom in time - what better learning environment could you have.