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It's Bike Week - But Most Aussie Kids Will Never Ride To School

by Katherine Healy

Bike Week is back (March 17-26) – WA’s annual celebration of people riding bikes! With a huge range of activities all around our great state, there’s never been a better time for us to get the whole family out there on two wheels – but are we? Most of us grew up riding bikes; to and from school, to a mate’s place on the weekend, down to the local shops to pick up the bread and milk; but how many of our own children ride regularly, if at all? Read more…

Engaging Outdoor Learning : Potential of Outdoor Spaces

by Ellery Spychalski

The "Potential of Outdoor Spaces" is one of Nature Play WA’s Engaging Outdoor Learning workshops. These hands-on workshops are run by our education consultants Daniel Burton and Trudi Bennett. Read more…

Nature Play Out Day January 2017

by Ellery Spychalski

Yesterday’s summer Play Out Day at Matilda Bay was attended by an incredible 388 kids and parents, from a total of 61 locations. Families came from as far as Northam, Bruce Rock (and even New South Wales!) to take part in a fun-packed day of unstructured activities. Read more…

Twelve Days of Nature Play

by Ellery Spychalski

The hectic Christmas season is over, but summer holidays have just begun. And so too begins Nature Play WA’s inaugural 12 days of Nature Play. For the next twelve days we’ll be setting daily challenges designed to take you outside the house (and perhaps outside your comfort zone) in pursuit of nature play fun. Read more…

Low-Cost Nature Based & Imaginative Christmas Gifts for Kids

by Katherine Healy

With the overwhelming options of toys and gadgets replete with requisite bells and whistles on sale for Christmas, it's sometimes hard to find simple, economical gifts that children will cherish and use through the whole year, once the Christmas season (and the initial excitement of something new) has passed. With this in mind, the team at Nature Play WA have put their heads together and created a list of nature-based gift ideas that would suit any little nature player! Read more…

Nature Based Christmas Craft

by Ellery Spychalski

The Nature Play WA team have compiled a list of Christmas craft projects that families can have a crack at this December. Read more…

The Reluctant Nature Player – when your kids don’t “love” being in nature

by Katherine Healy

We’re an “outdoors-ish” family (emphasis on the “ish”) – we love the beach, rivers, bush walks, hiking, playing at the park, jumping in muddy puddles and being out in the garden, but we’re not fans of “roughing it”. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise if my kids aren’t champing at the bit to climb Mount Everest or trek across the Andes. But sometimes, just sometimes, I’d like to be able to take the five of us on an outdoor adventure without someone belly-aching about something. Read more…

Bibra Lake Regional Playground

by Ellery Spychalski

Nestled amongst shady trees on the banks of the beautiful lake in the City of Cockburn, the Bibra Lake Regional Playground is full of exciting and challenging play spaces and equipment. The $3.4 million, 7,000m2 space comes from a forward-thinking city council aiming to “promote inclusivity and celebrate diversity” by providing maximum access for people of all ages and abilities. Read more…

A Berry Good Nature Play Outing

by Ellery Spychalski

Strawberry farms are currently in full swing, with various locations around Perth offering strawberry picking until around mid-December. It’s a great chance for families to get outdoors, engaging in meaningful (and, let’s be honest – delicious!) nature play. Read more…

Community and Creativity: the real treats of Halloween

by Ellery Spychalski

Spooky costumes, spirited trick or treating, and pumpkin-carving sessions in the backyard? Yes, please! Here at Nature Play WA, we think Halloween is a great opportunity to encourage creativity in kids while building a sense of community in your street or neighbourhood. Read more…

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