Growing up in rural Western Australia if we were not at the pool we were playing in the bush, building cubby houses and riding our bikes down bush tracks. I find it strange that time has to be made for children to play in nature or outside, I am not sure if it is just because times have changed or this is just the way it has always been in the city.
I am not much of a city chick, I would rather take the kids on a bush walk or down the beach than go to an indoor play centre. We love going to national parks, looking for wildlife, collecting rocks, nuts and what ever else we can find. Ah it just feels so good to breath that fresh air!
This is why we have joined Nature Play WA which is founded on the understanding that unstructured play outdoors (nature play) is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood. Our group meets on a regular basis and when you register you are given a Nature Play Passport which has ten “mission” pages, stickers and suggestions on great places to go and things to do outdoors. The back of the passport also has 15 things to do before you are 12 which is a great list to give you ideas on what missions the kids can complete.
If you have kids and love the great outdoors why not join a nature play group? Your kids will love you for it.
Yanchep National Park