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Tried & Tested - Gear for Nature Play with Kids

by Nicole Sadlier, Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup

Thanks to the generous support of the ACT Government and the Nature Play Grants Program 2018 I had the opportunity to trial a selection of gear - slacklines, mobile monkey bars, hammocks & tools. This is what Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup bought and learned in the process… Read more…

There's more to mud than mess

by Nicole Sadlier, Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup

I must confess…I relish in mud play. Whether it’s joining my preschooler in the backyard, prepping the pots and water at playgroup, or meeting a tip truck on a frosty Winter’s morning to unload 4 cubic metres of loamy soil for an event - it fills me with joy. Read more…

Outdoor Classroom Day

by Nature Play CBR

Believe in the power of outdoor learning and play? Get involved in Outdoor Classroom Day! Read more…

CampOUT! 2018 fires up Canberra School

by Nicole Sadlier

In its second year, CampOUT! is an initiative of Southern Cross Early Childhood School’s (SCECS) P&C Committee, Principal and Community Coordinator to bring its school community together in a shared overnight camping experience in the school grounds. Read more…

Outdoor Classroom Day

by Melanie Sim, Bunduluk Bush Playgroup

Did you know there is an international day to celebrate taking day care, pre school and school kids outside to learn? Outdoor Classroom Day is on September 7th every year, and this year Bunduluk Bush Playgroup took its activities to a local preschool to celebrate. Read more…

Life of a Tree

by Keira Warmington

The children all listened attentively to the teacher's story except for three boys for whom this kind of story was not at all interesting. Slowly they moved away, and trying not to be noticed managed to escape into the depths of the forest. "What nonsense! I will never believe that trees are alive and can feel," said the first boy scornfully. Read more…

Natural Playgrounds - Creating a Dry Creek Bed

by Nicole Sadlier, Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup

Children’s playgrounds across the world are seeing a move towards natural playgrounds or nature play parks - the rubber soft fall that has become standard in most kids playgrounds is being replaced by tactile, natural, loose parts materials such as sand and bark, metal climbing frames replaced by large logs and boulders, and mud, water and mess-making being embraced not avoided. Read more…

Ones and twos with no loos?! Hygiene in the bush

by Janelle Dennis, Parks and Conservation Service

Sometimes, you can only hang on for so long before you have to go!  So when the urge strikes, what do you do in the bush?   For number ones, the only concern you and your child need to ha… Read more…

Keeping plants and animals safe when we play

by Janelle Dennis, Parks and Conservation Service

Climbing trees is great fun and gives way to some wonderful, creative and imaginative play while building confidence and physical strength.  Be mindful when choosing a tree that it needs to b… Read more…

Ensuring your own safety in the bush

by Janelle Dennis, Parks and Conservation Service

Looking after yourself and your group is important and will result in an enjoyable experience of nature for children.  The number one rule for scouts is to ‘be prepared’ and no be… Read more…

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