Nature Play Days at WAMA

Our Nature Play program has been going strong this year enabling children to connect with nature while discovering adventure and creativity.

We have had back to back Nature Play Days in both the months of April and May with record numbers attending each session.

At our April session on Sunday the 7th a fallen down tree provided the perfect play experience for many of the adventurous group of children who joined us for 4 hours of unstructured Nature Play.

The tree became a space for cubby building with ‘secret door access’ as well as a place to practice climbing and balancing skills. 

The humble yabby and indigenous story telling

Our volunteer Jacquie introduced ‘The life of a yabby’ to the curious onlookers who were encouraged to touch and learn how to correctly hold the yabbies. 

An interesting piece of Australian indigenous history accompanied this activity with children learning that the word ‘yabby’ originally came from the Wemba Wemba indigenous peoples – derived from the word ‘yabba’ to describe small crustaceans found in local rivers. We all then took a walk to the edge of the wetlands and released the yabbies into the water. 

Our May Nature Play was part of our open gardens day

Our May Nature Play Day was held as part of the Botanic Gardens Day celebrations themed on native plants and gardening. 

A huge crowd of families came to take advantage of this special day while children of all ages joined in on all the nature play fun.

Kids learn about native plant propagation

One of the highlights was the popular activity of planting cuttings of native pig face (Carpobrotus glaucescens) and decorating the pots to take home to plant in their own gardens.

Other activities included face painting, a clay table, sand and water play, and the ever-enjoyable experience of toasting marshmallows on the campfire.

It was a wonderful opportunity for children to get out in nature, discover adventure and unleash their creativity. 

Keep a look out in our socials for the next Nature Play Day.

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