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by Heli King, Masters in Social Sciences

Ecotourism sites are great places for developing environmental stewardship in young children by embedding nature play in their operations. Nature play offers an ideal way for getting young children interested in nature and its protection. Through free play, exploration, investigation and discovery, they are embodying the diversity of nature and thus, connecting with it. Playing in natural environments helps children to understand nature and build a relationship with it which contributes to appreciating and valuing the natural world. Read more…

The New Neighbourhood Normal for Children

by Hyahno Moser, Nature Play QLD Program Manager

Are you happy with the new neighbourhood narrative? We have lived through a story of freedom, fun, friends, challenge and adventure, only to see this story step into an alternate universe where the complete opposite is now the dominant narrative unfolding in neighbourhoods for children. Read more…

Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden ute...

by Nature Play QLD

Christmas is a funny time in Queensland. The day brings a satisfyingly silly mix of snowy Christmas trees, mangoes, Santa hats, swimmers and relatives sweating through wildly illogical… Read more…

7 Tips for Camping with Kids

by Annabelle Carter

If you adopt the right steps, camping with kids can be huge fun. Even the younger kids should be part of your camping – it is never too early for them. Nature offers a complete-sensory experience. Read more…

Plant the seeds for play

by Nature Play QLD

Perhaps your children already spend a lot of time in your back - or front yard, or perhaps you’d like to encourage them into more outdoor play. Either way, think about how plants, trees and loose parts can provide great opportunities for imaginary and other play outside. Read more…

A new ‘Neighbourhood Play Story’ is unfolding in neighbourhoods.

by Hyahno Moser

The current neighbourhood story points towards a complete erosion of many children’s independent mobility in and around their neighbourhoods. Upon reflection, for the children in this study, neighbourhood play has seemingly disapeared from childhood. Our explorations found that a significant number of Queensland children are completely impeded or highly challenged in their ability to connect and play with local friends. Therefore, a significant number of Queensland children have their physical and social activity reduced, increasing their risk of being or becoming physically and/or mentally unhealthy. Read more…

Childhood Pulsing Through the Neighbourhood

by Hyahno Moser

According to Murdoch institute, children are sitting for 11 to 12 hours per day and are active for 32 minutes per day. If this is the case, what environments are influencing their identity? What will be important to these young people? How will they view themselves? Read more…

Outdoor Classroom Day Case Study: Camp Hill OSHC

by Nature Play QLD

Camp Hill OSHC is a reasonably large service catering for 195 children in both the morning and afternoon. We focus largely on outdoor loose parts play facilitated and supervised with a playwork approach. Read more…

Outdoor Classroom Day Case Study: Clearview Early Learning and Kindergarten

by Nature Play QLD

Outdoor Classroom Day is an opportunity for children to learn in nature using natural resources to enhance their learning. We support OCDay as nature play and learning are embedded in our service and the philosophy that underlines our curriculum. Read more…

How Outdoor Play Can Improve Children’s Sleep

by Richard Scott

Outdoor activities are a great way to keep your kids busy. But did you know they can also impact the quality of sleep? Because of the rise of gadgets, more and more children around the world are becoming sleep-deprived. But outdoor play could be a healthy way to improve this situation and help your kid get some rejuvenating shut-eye. Keep reading to learn how active play outside will help your child sleep better, and find out what you can do to maximise the effect. Read more…

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