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The Importance of School Holiday Play

by Bron Lucey, Jump Up Outdoors

If you’re craving rest by the end of term then chances are that your child is too. Would you describe your childhood with terms such as simple, adventurous, outdoors ? Would you describe your child's childhood with terms such as clean, indoors or structured? How times have changed! Read more…

What is Physical Literacy? And Why Does it Matter?

by Estelle Riesz - Nature Play QLD

Until I was about twelve, I was a city kid through and through. I went to a school wedged between skyscrapers and lived in an inner suburb with a front door opening straight onto the busiest street in… Read more…

Bush Knowing Forest School: connecting with the creek

by Joanne Sørensen, Owner and Facilitator of Bush Knowing Forest School

As you may be aware over the past decade there has been a growing international interest in exploring the outdoor environment with children, as a way of developing skills and increasing motivation for learning. Since 2018, Bush Knowing has introduced and encouraged many children and families to form a connection to the Kedron Brook – whether they live beside it, have visited it in the past or explore it more now due to our regular interactions. Read more…

Primary School Incursions Boost Wellbeing Through Creative Nature Play

by Hayley Witt, Wattlebird Eco Interiors

Innovative Interior Design practice, Wattlebird Eco, is bringing biophilic values into primary schools through inspiring Kokedama Classrooms Workshops that are hands-on, lots of fun, and foster emotional and moral development in children. Read more…

HOW CAN ECOTOURISM SITES ENDORSE CONSERVATION THROUGH NATURE PLAY?

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…

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