Category Archives: Kids In Nature

KIN Village: A day of connection

  KIN Village is a pop-up space in Perth which resources and gently supervises children’s play and adventure. Each day is different as the children imagine new things to do and build together. Nature also brings different elements each day to explore and discover. In July our mentors bring the resource and skill development of…

More than a cubby – Cubby Building

Why is cubby building such an important childhood experience? Looking through a collection of sepia photographs picturing bush huts and tents, plus stick furniture from the pioneering days of Australia, a child calls out, “Oh great! Can we make a big tent like that?” And so, the inspiration had started to well up in the…

The Importance of Sanctuary

I’ve been building treehouses for a while now. I’ve been climbing trees for as long as I can remember. When I was five years old, my family planted a lemon-scented gum in our backyard. By the time I was 10 years old, the tree had become quite big. It had become my favourite climbing tree….

School Holiday Programs Perth – We Cook Our Own Food – KIN Village

We are incredibly fortunate to meet an increasing number of children through our KIN Village school holiday programs. We have observed over the last few years at our programs, and previously in our role as teachers, a decline in the number of children who possess even the most basic of ‘home’ skills. Children who didn’t…

The Hunt

‘Alright kids, imagine you are a Chuditch*, silently hunting for your prey. Carefully move across the landscape…’ We had only taken a few delicate steps when we were interrupted by a wandering group of fellow wild children, whom, like me, were surprised to come across each other in this bush setting.  They were a group of…

Mentoring Kids In Nature

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…

Nature Ignites Imagination

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…