Passport to an Amazing Childhood

 

Three Easy Steps - it's fun and it's free! 

1. ORDER PASSPORT               2. REGISTER PASSPORT                3. PASSPORT MISSION CONTROL

 

Nature Play's Passport to An Amazing Childhood inspires children to connect or reconnect with nature through unstructured play and outdoor learning. 

Provide your children with a sense of accomplishment and wonder as they grow, play and learn in nature.


The Nature Play PassportsWhat is it?

The Nature Play QLD Passport is a small, hard copy booklet, similar to a real passport, that contains fun nature play missions, stickers and blank pages.  It's used to document and celebrate the nature play missions and outdoor learning activities your children achieve.  

The Nature Play QLD Passport was designed to be used as one of the first steps to introduce your child to the wonder of the outdoors, or it can add to an already rich outdoor play lifestyle. It helps to promote a less sedentary lifestyle, improve mental health and build healthy life skills and habits – all commonly recorded deficits in today’s modern childhood.

Your child’s mission, should they choose to accept it, is to spend time outdoors, be adventurous, try new things, be brave, get messy and have fun!

Start your nature play journey by ordering your free Nature Play QLD Passport and get out and play!  

You can order any number of passports – from one for your child at home, to one for every student at your school (more on uses in schools and large groups here).  It’s most suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years old.

 

Nature Play QLD has Nature Play QLD Passports available for regions across QLD in partnership with local councils! Order yours now, it’s free!

If you are outside our passport regions, don't worry! We can send you our QLD wide edition Nature Play Passport.

 

Why did we create our Passport?

The Nature Play QLD Passports were designed in line with our 5 position statements on outdoor play – Health, Environment, Infrastructure, Community and Education. By promoting outdoor play as a daily activity, children who use the Nature Play QLD Passport are enhancing their lifestyle in the following ways:

Health: promotes a less sedentary lifestyle, build healthy life skills and habits, improve mental health and be more physically active.

Environment: To build connections with their environment and be inspired by nature.

Infrastructure: Building community and environmental connections.

Community: Become more social, be aware of where the green spaces are located, become more independent and confident, become more resilient and adaptable and learn to manage risk.

Education: Learn about their local environment.

The Nature Play Passports and missions act as great incentives and inspiration to get kids playing independently outdoors.  

Use the online Passport Mission Control to find age-appropriate nature play missions.  There are hundreds of secret outdoor missions for you to discover and complete.

Waiting for your passport to arrive?  While you wait, you are still able to access nature play missions on the online mission control interface.  Please allow up to two weeks for your passport to arrive.

After your Passport is complete

If you have wizzed through your Nature Play QLD Passport (we know it can be easy to do!) you have a couple of options to continue your journey.

Nature Play Lists: We have created a library of amazing Nature Play Lists that you can download for your adventurists. You can simply view them online or download and print to take with you. We are always creating new lists so if you have an idea for one or you’ve written one yourself, you can send it through to [email protected]

Nature Passport App: This app has hundreds on new mission ideas that you and your family can work through. It allows you to check off each mission as you complete it so you can see how much you’ve accomplished. You can access the web based version or you can download from the iTunes and Google Play Store.

   

Steps for your family to get started with Passport Mission Control

  1. Adult registers and creates a login.
  2. Adult registers child username to create a profile and to access missions.
  3. Select your Nature Play missions together.
  4. Head outside and complete your mission.
  5. Jump back online to log your missions achieved.
  6. Leave a message for mission control - comment on your experience and rate the mission.  Children and parents can all leave comments.
  • Optional extra: child to create a ‘Nature Play Avatar’ to represent them.

Need more assistance?  Read detailed instructions for families or individuals here

 

STAR GAZER MISSION - child's comment:  "The mission was actually way cooler than I thought it would be. I saw loads of stars including the north star and southern cross, I really loved watching the moon as well because it seemed to make me quite calm".

 

DANCING IN THE RAIN MISSION - parent's comment:  "My daughter is embracing new outdoor experiences! Once scared of thunder storms and rainy nights, dancing in the rain is now her favourite thing to do!"

 

Uses in schools and large groups

Many educators from childcare to primary, after school care providers and other large groups in Queensland regularly use Nature Play Passports with their students in class, or as homework.

Educators can order Nature Play QLD Passports here:

Passport Order Form
 

Need more assistance? Read ideas and detailed instructions for using in schools or large groups here

 

EDUCATOR FEEDBACK:  "I registered each of my students online and sent information home to parents. It became a huge focus for Term 4 of last year. Each Friday, we would collectively choose a mission for the students to complete over the next week, and also check what the students thought of the previous week's mission. We also did at least one mission as a whole class throughout the week which lead to some very valuable conversations and learning opportunities".

 

EDUCATOR FEEDBACK:  "The children are also given a challenge/mission to complete over the weekend. When they tell us (or a parent) that they have completed the mission at home, we stamp their passports".

 

EDUCATOR FEEDBACK:  "Since introducing the passports, we have found that the children who are in the SEP during playtimes are much more excited about going outside to play. Prior to this, they were very reluctant to go outside at all. When they are outside, playing in our 'wild area', there are rarely any behaviour problems. They work together and are very engaged. At first, the children had no idea what to do when they were outside. They just wandered around but now they have plans and ideas to build cubbies, go mining, play hide and seek etc. When they come back into class, they are often more settled as they have had some physical exercise and fresh air."
 

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