Last week, on February 21st, we kicked off the first Nature Play WA event for 2018, with Mini Nature Players – a morning of nature play just for the littlies.
While our events are usually aimed at children from toddlers to 12 years (and their families) and held on a weekend, this one was designed as an introduction to nature play for children aged 6 months to four years, during a school day, to give them a chance to explore some special time in nature without the "help" of bigger siblings!
Attendees joined us at Matilda Bay Reserve, home of our original Play Out Day events, where they could enjoy a number of nature play activities including mud play with our fantastic mud kitchens, story time (with thanks to our wonderful friends Fremantle Press for providing us with beautiful story books!), sensory experiences (touching, feeling and playing with lavender, mint, gum nuts and sticks) and nature craft including creating flower arm bands, rock decorating and creating bubble wands.
Each activity was derived from the recently launched Nature Passport App, a mobile resource to help families play, explore and learn in nature – at school grounds, at home, in parks and in wild places.
We had a wonderful morning enjoying gorgeous sunny weather and the beautiful views of Matilda Bay Reserve, witnessing our youngest nature players start their nature play journey.
Thanks to everyone who came along for a lovely morning outdoors!
Nicole McNamara is Nature Play WA's Events Manager and is passionate about strengthening local communities through events and activities that encourage young people to forge bonds and explore WA's natural beauty.