For Families

Unstructured outdoor play is great for the whole family! We've got some great resources for parents and families to help you get your children outside.

Creating a Child-Friendly Backyard

30 Jul 2014

How to Build a Safe & Fun Outdoor Space for Kids Imagine that you are the same age as your child…what year level were you in? Who was your teacher? Your best friend? Favorite game? Imagine that you are outside…did you have a place that you considered your own? A treehouse or…

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14 Ways to Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors

30 Jul 2014

Tips for Parents and Mentors to Encourage Outdoor Play If you live in a house, create a child-friendly backyard. Give children a place on the porch, deck or in the bedroom where they can display nature treasures that they find and want to keep. Provide simple tools to aid discovery. Ki…

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Online nature guide

25 Jul 2014

Help children experience the joy of sunshine and rain, of stargazing and bugs using this nature guide produced by the Children and Nature Network in the US.  …

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Family Nature Clubs

12 Jun 2014

So you want to get your children outside, but find that time gets away from you? Why not organize a Family Nature Club with some friends or family and make sure that you have a regular date with the outdoors!…

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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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Gardens for kids

10 Apr 2014

Done right, gardens can be beautiful at the same time as being safe places for kids to play, imagine and develop the resilience and cognitive flexibility they will need throughout life.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return;…

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A parents guide to nature play

23 Jun 2013

How to give your children more outdoor play...and why you should! This is a great resource developed by the Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood in Nebraska, USA. It acknowledges that childhood has changed - specifically that American kids now spend 27 percent of their time with electro…

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The bubble-wrap generation: Children growing up in walled gardens

23 Jun 2013

Children in middle class Australia, and many western countries around the world experience restricted opportunities to engage in free play in their neighbourhood streets and parks. The impact of this has been a drastic decrease in children's independent mobility and environmental play. This pape…

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