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Parenting the Digital Child - Unplugging and Reengaging

by Katherine Healy

It sometimes feels like we’re fighting a losing battle for our children, to give them the childhood that we had. Where the only screen time we got in the day was maybe catching Round the Twist after school (if we biked home at breakneck speed), or watching Sale of the Century or A Country Practice in the evening, on the (only) TV, with the whole family. But nostalgia does us no good. We can lament the advent of 24 hour entertainment, rage against ever-present social media, but they’re not going anywhere. All we can do is acknowledge that our children are growing up in a world very different than our own, but also very much the same. Read more…

My Nature Play Summer – Competition Winner

by Ellery Spychalski

When we challenged Western Australian families to spend more time outdoors this summer (and share their pics with us!) we didn’t expect such a flood of amazing photographs. Read more…

Where's The Risk?

by Griffin Longley

A risk is something that makes your objectives uncertain. Why is that important? Because it forces us to ask ourselves what our objectives are when we think about risk. And that changes everything. The question is not what can go wrong? It is not could someone conceivably be injured? The question is, what are we trying to achieve? Read more…

Nature Play Abounds at the New Chevron Parkland

by Ellery Spychalski

Chevron Parkland officially opened as part of the Optus Stadium Open Day. We took a visit on January 24th to scope it out! Read more…

How time in nature improves kids' body image

by Katherine Healy

We know nature is good for us, both physically and mentally, and new research from Anglia Ruskin University takes this idea even further, finding that exposure to green spaces and natural environments has a strongly positive effect on body image. Read more…

2018 - A Year For Making Memories

by Griffin Longley

We watch our kids constantly change, and stay the same. Step by step they move away. And circle back. And move away again. Each circle reaching out just that bit further toward the independence that is our children’s deepest goal (even if they don’t always know it) and their birthright. Read more…

Merry and Bright - Christmas Nature Crafts 2017

by Ellery Spychalski

The Nature Play WA team has too much fun researching and testing ways for you to add nature play into your Christmas each year. This year, we’ve got ideas for kid-made wrapping paper and a few outdoor Christmas-themed activities too! Read more…

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park Stage 2 Reopening

by Ellery Spychalski

Nature Play WA attended the reopening of the Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park on December 14th. The new stage 2 development was unveiled to a group of lucky Perth kids (and young-at-heart adults) to explore! Read more…

Curtin University Nature Play Day - Our Final Event of 2017!

by Ellery Spychalski

Nature Play WA teamed up with Curtin University to launch the Curtin Nature Trail with a beautiful afternoon of free outdoor activities at the Bentley campus. Read more…

Inside the New Nature Passport App

by Ellery Spychalski

The team at Nature Play WA is excited to introduce you to our newest tool in the movement to get kids outdoors: the Nature Passport app. The Nature Passport app is designed as a tool to help families and schools replace kids’ sedentary screen-time with playing, exploring and learning outdoors. Read more…

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