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Sorry - this event is for City of Mitcham residents only.
Nature play is all about getting children outdoors and enjoying the natural environment. Free from the influence of TV and other electronic distractions, kids can exercise their imagination, socialise and learn more about the world around them.
Nature play activities include any sort of unstructured play outdoors such as playing in a park, walking in bushland, riding a bike, climbing a tree, gardening, and swimming at the beach. The benefits of nature play are widely acknowledged, improving social skills, boosting self esteem, and better children's health.
With the trend to smaller outdoor areas in newer homes, finding places that kids can enjoy nature play near home can take some thought. Australian wetlands are wonderful places to visit because they teem with life on so many levels. The aquatic environment attracts water birds, frogs and fish, while the native plants will also attract native wildlife to feast on them.
In the wetlands there is a whole microcosm of insect life in the water too, and all of these colourful native animals and insects are fascinating fodder for a child's imagination. Not only is it fun for kids to see these critters up close, but it's also highly educational. Despite this South Australian wetlands being located on Cross Road, a walk through the gardens feels like being in natural bushland.
The Mitcham Council have teamed up with Nature Play SA to host a free Nature Play Day at Urrbrae Wetlands on Tuesday April 14. The nature play activities will be targeted at primary school aged children, who must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Two free events will be held at the Urrbrae Wetlands, one in the morning at 9.30 until midday, and the other in the afternoon at 1.30 and finishing at 4pm. They are ideal school holiday activities with heaps of fun for kids.
Australian Wetlands Are Perfect For Nature Play Activities
Children can participate in a choice of any two activities, including pond dipping, bird watching and nest building, nature art and cubby house building. There will be lots of opportunities to be creative (and even get muddy) in these activities for kids.
Bookings are essential to take part in these nature play activities - please contact the Mitcham Council on telephone 8372 8888 to secure your place at this free event. To find out more about the benefits of nature play, see the Nature Play SA website.
This is a one off opportunity for your children to explore an Australian wetlands close up, learn about the native animals who live there, and appreciate the benefits of growing our native plants.