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Piecing Together Play - How loose parts play builds new worlds for children

by Caitlin Murphy, Wearthy

It’s not pretty. Loose parts play can look like the Tupperware cupboard and recycling bin had a wrestling match, and everyone lost. Everyone except the child contently playing in the delightful mess, she started it. Loose parts play is the type of chaos that children are drawn to and our role is to support it, the best way we can. Read more…

WHAT DOES RISK TAKING REALLY LOOK LIKE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD?

by Jennifer McCormack, Birdwings Nature

What happens when we allow children to manage their own risk, how can nature play allow this risk management, and what can adults do to help facilitate this process? Official Nature Play Activity Provider Birdwings, run a nature immersion program, and here they share with us their experiences on risk taking in early childhood, and what it really looks like. Read more…

7 Health Benefits of Kids Playing Outside (That Every Parent Should Know!)

by Alvina Emmy, parentloves.com

From developing excellent social skills to making your kids strong and healthy- here are seven health benefits your children can receive from playing outside. Read more…

3 BIG Lessons Learnt from The Neighbourhood Play Project. Where are all the kids?

by Hyahno Moser, Program Manager for Nature Play QLD

It’s no secret that the slow creep of a sedentary childhood and the increase in screen use has parents and experts across the globe alarmed. Childhood has changed - and not for the better. Nature Play QLD Program Manager Hyahno Moser shares his experience with changing childhood, and what motivated him to begin The Neighbourhood Play Project. Read more…

Connecting Kids to Country

by Ngaire Trigg

One mother tells of her experiences connecting with country, and how spending time with the traditional owners of the land enable both her and her children to open their eyes to so much more. Read more…

Unstructured Play: Essential not Optional

by Neve Spicer, wetheparents.org

How important is the role of self-directed play in childhood development? Put simply: it's fundamental, and this blog includes 43 benefits backed by science that support our children's need for free play. Read more…

7 Ideas on How to Use Crystals for Imaginative Play

by Pete Alman

Crystals - or even painted rocks from your own backyard - can be all that's required to spark imaginative play in your children. Here are seven games your children could try that will do just that! Read more…

From Screen to Stream: How to Weave Technology into Your Child's Outdoor Life

by Jenny Holt

One Nature Play QLD supporter flips the facts of increased screen time on their head, by suggesting ways parents can combine green time and screen time to their children's advantage. Read more…

A New Frontier – Neighbourhood Nature Play

by Ngaire Trigg, Townsville

A report from the front lines of a Neighbourhood Play Day. Sharing the ups and downs of trying to connect families within a small suburban neighbourhood. Read more…

Is your child the next Childhood Summit ambassador?

by Nature Play QLD

In order to deliver an authentic and successful Childhood Summit 2019, we need to understand what our children are thinking, which is why we're asking your child or student to speak up! They might even be our Childhood Summit Ambassador, and get to take home some pretty cool prizes! Read more…

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