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Outdoor Nature Play and the Curriculum

May 16, 2023

What I Found in Nature – Paper Bag Scavenger Hunt Fitting the curriculum in to outdoor play can be as easy as a scavenger hunt.  Scavenger hunts are awesome fun for children of all ages, but this nature scavenger hunt has been designed specifically with younger kids in mind.  You simply create a book from […]

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Outdoor Play is the beginning of a reconnection to the simpler things in life

April 20, 2023

Hello! I’m thrilled to introduce myself as the new Learning and Engagement Manager at Nature Play WA, specialising in education. I’m excited to join such a passionate and dedicated team, and to have the opportunity to help shape the future of nature-based education in Western Australia and beyond.  In this role, I’ll be responsible for […]

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Helping others helps kids

April 18, 2023

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first Telethon Giving Ceremony. Having grown up in Perth, I have always felt a connection to Telethon, Fat Cat, Rick and Susannah, and the kids’ hospital (PMH back then). I knew that WA was special because of Telethon and every year I felt a rush of happiness […]

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The Real Risk Is In Not Letting Kids Take Risks

March 15, 2023

Recent research out of the Royal Children’s Hospital delivered some good news – most parents (94%) recognise the benefits of play for a child’s physical, wellbeing and brain development. Good news for those of us in the business of raising happy, healthy humans.   We know that a child’s physical, wellbeing and brain development continues well […]

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A group of ten girls aged 10 to 13 walking towards camera, on a cement path. They are talking, smiling and laughing as they join in a group conversation. There are tall gum trees along the sides of the path and in the background.

Want ideas on how to improve our societies? Ask a kid

February 21, 2023

As I was preparing to send our kids off for a new school year, I had in mind that this article should encourage and remind adults how beneficial walking and riding to school is for kids. It offers so many social, emotional and physical benefits and I delight in reading the newest research demonstrating these […]

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An older woman holding a child's hand as they walk into the ocean.

Challenging the water play norms – calling on the adults!

January 26, 2023

The summer break is a perfect opportunity to experience the joy of blue space – coasts, rivers, lakes. Most of us who grew up around salt water hold fond memories of the smells associated with it. These smells can instantly transport a stressed adult mind back to feelings of childhood freedom with fresh winds and […]

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Staring down the summer holidays

December 15, 2022

We are staring down the beginning of another long summer holidays and I’m wondering if other parents and carers are feeling like me – a bit out of form when it comes to making the most of a summer with the kids. After a few years of restrictions, last summer resembling an inferno, and the […]

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Five ways to take learning outdoors with “finding” games!

November 24, 2022

Looking for inspo for the final weeks of term 4?  Our Playful Education Officer Denise Ansingh shares five great ways to take learning outdoors! At this time of year, the sun shines brightly, and the days have warmed. Free your children of the indoors and head outside for our top five hunts!  Children delight in […]

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Insider Info: Plan your trip to Walpole-Nornalup National Park with expert advice from Senior Ranger, Christie Bentink!

October 13, 2022

From tingle trees shaped like teapots and foaming karri forest, to prehistoric snails and fields of orange flowers, Senior Ranger Christie Bentink has all your must-sees-and-dos at Walpole-Nornalup National Park sorted! Christie took the time to sit down with us and share some of the things she loves most about the park, her favourite free […]

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Photograph of Dr Kelsie Prabawa-Sear, CEO of Nature Play WA. Kelsie has light brown, wavy hair, light-skinned complexion and green eyes. Her head and shoulders are visible in this photograph. She is wearing a light pink coloured jacket and is in front of a dark green leafy background.

The team at Nature Play WA welcomes our new CEO

September 1, 2022

The team at Nature Play WA are delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Dr Kelsie Prabawa-Sear, who comes to us after an incredibly competitive recruitment process, that saw a large field of strong candidates vying for the role.  In this blog, Kelsie shares her thoughts on her new role, her plans for […]

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We Acknowledge
Nature Play WA acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, as the custodians of the land where our team lives and works. We also acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and recognise the continuing connection of Indigenous people to their land, waters, sky, culture and community. We pay our respect to all Indigenous people of this land; ancestors, elders and young ones.