Helle Nebelong

Denmark - Danish Landscape Architect and Master of Public Management - natural playgrounds

Workshop title: "Open your senses."

With a key focus on connecting children with nature, we will open our eyes, prick up our ears, widen our nostrils and give full rein to our curiosity and experience an outdoor space full of surprises, where we can make use of all our senses.
We will focus on the five senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste and discuss how to balance the outdoors for children to create stimuli they can experience and explore when they come out to play in early childhood centers.
The Outdoor Sensory Experiences Tool created by Helle Nebelong is useful for educators, parents, designers etc.

Personal Bios Helle is a key pioneer of the natural playground movement and internationally recognized for her special philosophy and as a designer of nature play spaces where children thrive.
Based on her renowned playground design in Copenhagen celebrated Landscape Architect and author Helle Nebelong will share her focus on why it's essential that children are connected with nature and allowed to play not only in the so called 'risk-free', standardized playgrounds, which simplify play and teaches children a wrong lesson according to Nebelong. To prepare children to manage life and be strong, social and resilient individuals they need to practice in natural and asymmetrical playscapes. Helle will share her design ideas with asymmetrically shaped elements that forces children to develop the kinaesthetic sense used to find out how to move your body in a space, estimating distances, heights and risks. You will be surprised to learn that the recipe to draw children into adventures, exploration and imagination-driven free play is quite simple!

Helle Nebelong