Hosted by international keynote speaker, educator and founder of Wearthy; Lukas Ritson, Play it Forward is an educational podcast about the importance of play. With the increase of technological advancement, it has never been harder to get kids playing outside…
Lukas interviews leading early education experts and play advocates to chat about how the next generation is being formed by play (and a lack of play.)
Play It Forward is full of practical takeaways for parents and early educators to support children in feeling fulfilled in their childhood and confident about their future. A future that is theirs and to which they can contribute.
Interconnectedness of Nature Pedagogy Feat. Claire Warden
In Episode 23 of Play it Forward, Lukas welcomes the inspirational Claire Warden into the studio! Claire is the Queen of Nature Pedagogy with so much valuable insight and experience in strengthening children’s relationship with nature. Claire is an author, lecturer and consultant across the globe with her own nature kindergarten’s in Perth and Kinross in Scotland. She also runs an incredibly extensive online resource for anyone interested in connecting more children with their environment - Mindstretchers Academy.
Lukas and Claire share plenty of laughs in this delightful episode and also chat about Claire’s virtual nature school, changing the language we use in early education, bruises as medallions of adventure, encouraging empowerment and agency in children, desired behaviour in a natural play space, and so much more!
Safety doing harm Feat. Dr Mariana Brussoni
In Episode 22 of Play it Forward, Lukas chats to the incredible Dr. Mariana Brussoni. Mariana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Mariana also conducts research on children’s outdoor and risky play, adult attitudes related to children’s risk taking and safety, and designing supportive outdoor play environments. She has published her research extensively and her work was featured in CBC’s the Nature of Things 2019 documentary, The Power of Play.
Mariana’s immense knowledge on risk in play and her expression that caught Lukas’s attention, “safety doing harm”, meant they would both have plenty to talk about! Lukas and Mariana discuss injury prevention, the importance of risk, memorable childhoods, failure leading to innovation and resilience, well-being in children, the 17-second rule and a whole lot more! Also, be sure to search through the amazing resources on the below websites. Enjoy!
Connecting children to their land Feat. Rusty Keeler
In Episode 21 of Play it Forward, Lukas welcomes fellow playground designer Rusty Keeler into the studio. Inspired by European Steiner schools and wanting to give children the adventure of free play, Rusty is an established designer, artist, author, and international mover and shaker on the childhood scene for the past 30 years.
Lukas and Rusty talk about changing our external environment to adjust our internal environment so we can say yes to children more. They also chat about adventure play, loose parts, regulating ourselves to reduce fear-based parenting, supporting fearless play, and inspiring the internal yes!
The Nature of Play Feat. Adam Bienenstock
A milestone podcast episode (20!!) with a milestone guest. Lukas met Adam Bienenstock at the Children & Nature Network Conference in California 2019 and they hit it off instantly. As a Playground Designer and general funny guy, Adam does incredible work with getting children into nature. Adam is one of Lukas’s greatest inspirations and mentors. In this long distance catch up over a drink, Adam shares stories about being asked to design the baby panda exhibit at Toronto Zoo, and a table-meeting with Greenpeace, Developers, Nature Play Advocates and an NRA Member. Adam’s honesty and sarcasm is refreshing and contagious in this delightful episode where he and Lukas chat about the importance of connecting with the right people for optimal childhood development, how nature provides the perfect backdrop for risk and play, and how removing sensory engagement increases risk of injury.
Advocating the Childcare Sector Feat. Brent Stokes
In Episode 19 of Play it Forward, Lukas invites Brent Stokes into the studio for an informed and passionate conversation about the early education sector in Australia. Brent is the GM of the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland, a not-for-profit member funded organisation that acts as the voice for over 850 early learning services, employing approximately 14,000 early childhood educators. Lukas and Brent talk a bit about policy and childcare subsidies during Covid, the sense of community and support in early education, ‘schoolifying’ early learning, the extraordinary value of early educators and a whole lot more.
Empowering children through sustainability Feat. Heather Kerr
In Episode 18 of Play it Forward, Lukas welcomes a familiar face into the studio, sustainability expert and children’s advocate Heather Kerr. Heather has over four decades of early childhood education experience and wears many hats at Melbourne community-run family and children’s centre Bubup Womindjeka. Heather is a proactive driving force in bringing more sustainability to children’s and educator’s lives. Bubup Womindjeka means ‘Welcome Children’ in the language of the traditional custodians of the land, which quite perfectly reflects Heather’s philosophy and her life’s work in early childhood development.
In another engaging episode, Lukas and Heather discuss the stillness we can learn from being with children, authentic connections in sustainability, selfless acts of community, sensory experiences in nature and the limitless magic of loose parts play.
Heather + Lukas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH3YR-9eE34
Bubup Womindjeka - http://www.bwfcc.org.au/
To contact Heather - email@example.com