For Schools

School is a fabulous place to teach children the value of nature play and encourage them to get active. We're building a collection of school resources to bring your teaching into the great outdoors!

Waterwise Schools Program

12 Jun 2014

The Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools Program recognises that young people need to be educated about water issues so they develop the awareness, knowledge and skills to be able to make sound water management decisions in the future. The program began in 1995 and as a result there are mo…

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Geocaching lesson plans

12 Jun 2014

Nature Play WA has developed three lesson plans linking geocaching with the Year 6 Australian Curriculum. Lesson 1: An Introduction to Geocaching Lesson 2: Get Geocaching! Lesson 3: We're Going on a Treasure Hunt Geocaching and the Australian Curriculum To find out more about geoc…

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Nature play passport

10 Apr 2014

Nature Play WA has created stacks of secret missions for kids to complete outside. These are fun and mostly free!…

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Every experience matters

23 Jun 2013

The Every Experience Matters report collates international research into learning outside of the classroom, and looks in to the academic, physical and cognitive benefits to children who engage in this activity. it includes research on increased self-esteem, leadership qualities, social skills and en…

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Evaluating the effects of the lunchtime enjoyment activity and play (LEAP) school playground intervention on children's quality of life, enjoyment and participation in physical activity

23 Jun 2013

Examining the effects of this school playground intervention over a school year suggested that the introduction of movable/recycled materials can have a significant, positive long-term intervention effect on childrens physical activity. The implications from this simple, low-cost intervention provid…

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Children's play and leisure - Promoting a balanced approach

23 Jun 2013

Health and safety laws and regulations are sometimes presented as a reason why certain play and leisure activities undertaken by children and young people should be discouraged. The reasons for this misunderstanding are many and varied. They include fears of litigation or criminal prosecution becaus…

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Brain boost: Sport and physical activity enhance children's learning

23 Jun 2013

Sport and physical activity participation are generally promoted for their positive impact on children's physical and mental health. However, increased participation in sport and other forms of physical activity are also thought to lead to enhancement of cognitive functioning (information proces…

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The effects of physical activity and physical fitness on children's achievement and cognitive outcomes: A meta-analysis

23 Jun 2013

It is common knowledge that physical activity leads to numerous health and psychological benefits. However the relationship between children's physical activity and academic achievement has been debated in the literature. Some studies have found strong, positive relationships between physical ac…

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Into nature: A guide to teaching in nearby nature

23 Jun 2013

A connection to the natural world is fundamental to all aspects of child development and is a key component to building optimal mental, emotional, social and physical health for every child. This critical link also represents a key building block for the future of a sustainable society. Research sho…

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Primary school playgrounds: Features and management in Victoria, Australia

23 Jun 2013

This paper reports the results of an online survey of government primary schools conducted in June 2011 at Victoria, Australia. This study aimed to investigate how practical ways of individual school policy is impacting on playgrounds in the areas of playspace design, play equipment, rules and super…

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