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Play Streets Supports Healthier Kids

With the recent release of the Australian Physical Literacy Framework developed by Sport Australia, the Centre for Sport and Social Impact at La Trobe University, commissioned by Play Australia, have launched a new evidence review: “How Play Streets supports the development of physical literacy in children”.

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Why won’t we let our kids walk to school?

"As we are emerging from our homes post COVID-19 and children are getting back to school, now is the perfect time to get our children walking there. But parents still seem hesitant to let them. This era of risk aversion by parents is creating problems for our children’s development.

Instead of being as safe as possible, children need to be as safe as necessary. Read More...

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Low tech, diy play ideas...

Reclaiming our streets as a safe place for our kids to PLAY!

Who remembers stilts as a fun pass time of their childhood? - WE DO!

We would love to bring back stilts, during Covid19 and beyond, as a FUN and SAFE way to play at a distance in our neighbourhoods for little and big kids alike.

tin can stilts

Play Australia responds to World Health Organisation on the state of children’s health

With many families experiencing home isolation and physical distancing, Play Australia is concerned about the impact this is having on children’s mental health, now more than ever. Play Australia has responded to the World Health Organisation’s Draft Discussion Paper ‘Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour for children and adolescents, adults and older adults’, seeking an increased commitment by governments, schools, the early childhood sector, families and communities to make changes and encourage children to play outside every day, as a matter of urgency. Read our full Media Release here.

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Nature - delivered in a box!

Nurture in Nature has just launched a novel way to encourage and inspire outdoor play and nature connection for families and early learning environments

With their hands on Nature Bus incursions delivering outdoor play and nature inspired learning programs having been put on hold during the COVID-19 crisis, they’ve been thinking outside the box and have been busy putting together little boxes of snail mail nature inspired goodness.

Each month there will be a NEW Nature Treasure Box available with a different nature inspired play and learning theme.

loose parts play

Chalk messages are lifting spirits in the community

HOPPY in North Melbourne!

Our Executive Director Barb Champion came across this great piece of street art yesterday.  How it lifted her spirits! 

Children are using their creativity and compassion by leaving inspiring messages on our footpaths. How good is it to see them outside, while playing it safe with physical distancing and helping to support our wellbeing through this great outdoor activity.  

When you're out on your local streets and see something like this too, take a pic and post on our Play Australia Facebook page!