Category Archives: Communities

Large Scale Play can be defined as play that requires the use of the whole body. An activity that engages big muscles and challenges the body physically. Angela Hanscom covers this topic in detail in her book, Balanced and Barefoot. She states, “When your children are given both the time and space to move, they’ll naturally…

Recently I had the privilege of attending a spoon carving workshop. The workshop is run by Greg Miller from The Joy of Wood, in Canning Vale. Perhaps you’re wondering why I just didn’t buy a spoon from the shops? As a mentor, I believe it is crucial to continually develop my personal skills and spend time…

When Trudi and I started Educated by Nature, one of our main goals was to create environments and experiences where children could find opportunities for building resilience. We found, through our experiences as teachers, we had seen the rapid decline in resilience, self-efficacy and awareness in children of all ages in our communities. Today, more than…

Over the last year we (Trudi and Daniel) have been refining how we can best provide nature connection opportunities for families in Perth. Through Educated by Nature we have set up regular Mud Pies Nature Playgroups, run successful KIN Village school holiday programs, have established two after school Bush Inventors’ Clubs, developed a partnership program with…

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…

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…