Nature Play is Here to Stay

Nature Play is Here to Stay

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How to create a nature play environment your children will love to explore.

It’s no secret that children love playing and investigating outside. When you think back to your own play experiences as a child, if you’re anything like me, your most memorable play experiences usually involve being out in the front or backyard. I remember playing for hours on a ton of paving sand and making caves and roads out of it; or using the mattock in the garden to create roads and rivers for when I played with my soldiers. In recent years the ‘nature play’ movement, has seen resurgence in the idea that playing outside in nature is memorable and therapeutic - and for good reason. Nature play has a positive effect upon children’s physical, cognitive and emotional development; the basis for creativity, problem solving, reasoning, socialising and managing risk. 

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More Than Mud

More Than Mud

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kids love mud. And if the rise in popularity of ‘Tough Mudder’ style events is anything to go by, many adults love mud too.

But mud for kids is about much more than just good dirty fun. Mud play encourages creativity. It can be soothing and relaxing, providing an outlet for children to express their feelings through their senses and exploration.

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Nothing Beats Nature For Baby Play

Nothing Beats Nature For Baby Play

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nature play is making a comeback. There are so many developmental benefits of nature play for children and it’s exciting to see how playgroups are engaging in it. But how do we include babies in nature play? 

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Autumn is a Time to Play!

Autumn is a Time to Play!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Autumn is such a wonderful time of year. The autumn leaves are falling from the trees in backyards, in playgrounds and in the suburbs. Who doesn't love watching the beautiful orange and brown leaves gently float from side to side as they make their way to the ground?  Children love to play with autumn leaves, throwing them up in the air or stomping on them to hear the crunch under their feet!  The sounds and senses of autumn – a season of fun activities and adventures for everyone. Try this easy autumn tree activity at Playgroup or at home

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The Dirt on Outdoor Play

The Dirt on Outdoor Play

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Children are naturally curious and motivated to learn about their environment and surroundings. They do this by asking questions and talking about their experiences. What better way to explore their world than by being outside enjoying it?  Free and unstructured play outdoors encourages problem solving, social skills and many other forms of development. It’s an ideal environment for experiential learning, as it offers unique opportunities to be creative, to move around, and for children to make choices, be loudor quiet. 

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