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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…

The Benefits of Mud Play - An Occupational Therapist's Perspective

by Nicole Grant, Occupational Therapist at Gateway Therapies

Mud play is great for healthy development of the sensory system, for promoting imagination and creativity, to improve fine motor skills (such as in-hand manipulation and bilateral coordination) and social skills. It’s an inexpensive, fun play experience. Read on for a few tips on making mud play more accessible for families. Read more…

Get involved in Outdoor Classroom Day and make this year bigger and better!

by Nature Play QLD

Think about the last time you saw a child grinning wildly, bursting with excitement and eager to explore. Chances are they were outside in the playground at break time, not sitting in class trying to grasp a new mathematical concept. But what if you could harness the same energy for both? Read more…

Reflections on the 2019 Childhood Summit

by Nature Play QLD

Over the three days there were many insightful keynote addresses, engaging thought-leader forums, inspiring best practice tours, practical workshops and walk shops, a lively hot button discussion and a vital symposium on play policy. Read more…

Incorporating Literacy Into Outdoor Play Is Easier Than You Might Think

by Jenny Holt

One of the most readily available yet underutilised resources of parents today is the great outdoors, with many kids in Australia spending more time playing with electronic gadgets than out in nature. Given the convenience of online activity, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, yet now more than ever, teachers and parents are acknowledging the benefits of outdoor play, not just for physical development and social and emotional learning, but also for classroom achievement. Read more…


by Nicki Farrell, Wildlings Forest School

When we first moved into our new house two years ago, I told myself I would go and meet all the neighbours as soon as possible. Over the course of a week or so, we were fortunate in that we either bumped into neighbours who were walking their dogs - or we had really kind neighbours come over and introduce themselves. It was a really, warm welcome to the neighbourhood that made us feel at home and so happy to have moved here. There were a couple of people on our cul-de-sac who I didn’t meet in that first month and I told myself I would go and knock on their door and introduce myself ‘one day’. Read more…

Toddler Learning through Nature Play

by Maria Holt (A Teacher Mummy)

Learning is not something limited to the confines of a classroom nor is it something that only occurs with paper & pen. My little man has only just turned two years old, but I know he has been exposed to many rich and varied learning experiences through having spent quality time outside in nature playing. Read more…

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