We’ve had clay at our Mud Pies Nature Playgroup in Perth for a while now. It’s been a fantastic sensory experience. It’s slippery, sloshy and squelchy sometimes and other times it is solid and firm requiring strong finger muscles to manipulate it. Perth is such a sandy place that our young children rarely get to…

A mum asked me today how she could describe what the kids would be doing at KIN Village, to her son. This is a really tricky one as we never really know in advance what will happen. If we feel that the atmosphere needs a bit of an adventure, we’ll take the group for an…

Nature Ignites Imagination. Being with children in natural spaces is like reading the ultimate choose your own adventure story – there are expected pathways and the usual ‘narrative’ of adventure but the twists and turns are spontaneous and can take you by surprise. This one day at a Mud Pies Nature Playgroup, a 4 year-old…

Frequently Asked Questions The forecast is for wet/very hot weather. Will the program be cancelled? Our sessions will operate in wet weather. As the Danish saying goes, ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.’ Please come prepared to play in rain, splash in puddles, roll in mud and get hot and…

This year Educated by Nature are a part of the Perth National Trust Heritage Festival. We’ll be looking at ways to explore and celebrate our links to the past. In children’s play we find there is a deep rooted instinct to create and role-play tribal communities. There is a fascination for ‘living wild’, pretending to be…