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Pandemic Play - with Judy McKinty

Submitted by karenwilliams on Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:51

Where there are children, there is play. It is a universal impulse, as old as humanity. Physical play, verbal play, friendship play, solitary play – it is the exercise of body and imagination, marked by humour, challenge, invention and exploration. As essential to childhood as food and drink.

Dr. June Factor

Nature - delivered in a box!

Submitted by karenwilliams on Fri, 04/10/2020 - 16:07

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.

Chalk messages are lifting spirits in the community

Submitted by karenwilliams on Thu, 04/02/2020 - 11:15

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! 

Radio interview with IPA's Robyn Monro Miller and Maggie Dent

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 06/30/2019 - 20:10

Building cubbies, make-believe, dressing up - while it might just look like fun and games, play is actually crucial for your child's development. The problem is, as Australian kids spend more time at school, on their screens and in structured activities, they're not playing enough! 

Maggie Dent talks with expert Robyn Monro Miller about why kids of all ages need to play more.