Cubby Town

Join the team from Nature Play WA for Cubby Town - a fun and interactive cubby building event – the first of its kind in WA! 

Cubby Town April 30, 2017

 

Held on Sunday April 30th at the beautiful Yanchep National Park with the support of Department of Parks and Wildlife and the City of Wanneroo and in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Cubby Town will provide a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time together in nature.   

Enjoy building cubbies and forts, take part in mud play (making mud pies and playing in our mud kitchen), create nature crafts and test your abilities on our rock climbing wall and high ropes course! 

All children who attend Cubby Town will receive their very own Passport to an Amazing Childhood, to help them and their families to begin, or continue, their journey in nature play.

Why Cubby Town?

For the first time in history, parents are facing the dilemma of children not wanting to play outside.  When Lego was introduced to Australia in 1962, experts claimed the product would never take off here, as “Australian children play outside”.  As technology like TV, VCR, DVD and (more recently) the internet came along, children have become more sedentary, preferring indoor activities to being outdoors.

Children who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress; have lower incidence of behavioural disorders, anxiety and depression; and have a higher measure of self-worth. Children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills.  Cubby Town is designed to introduce children and families to the simple joy of play in the outdoors, and to encourage them to spend more time in nature together.

Benefits of Nature Play:

  • Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other
  • Bullying behaviour is greatly reduced where children have access to diverse nature-based play environments
  • Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are reduced after contact with nature
  • Children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones and gum nuts can help to stimulate children's immune system as well as their imagination
  • Children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight
  • Natural, irregular and challenging spaces help kids learn to recognise, assess and negotiate risk and build confidence and competence

Cubby Town is a free community event, with many opportunities for families to engage in nature play, explore Yanchep National Park and learn more about bringing outdoor, unstructured play into their everyday lives.

Join us for Cubby Town and help us build the biggest cubby village WA has ever seen!

Although Cubby Town is a free event, to assist us in staffing and resources for the day, please register your interest to attend!

Cubby Town

 

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