10:00 am - 12:00 pm
There’s nothing more magical than seeing your child’s eyes light up as they discover the magic beneath the forest! Come and join us for a whimsical and magical morning creating nature folk such as fairies and gnomes in the bush in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges at Grant’s Picnic Ground. There will be stories, songs and plenty of creative and imaginative play.
Our program is for children aged 3 – 10 years and is specifically aimed at supporting children to develop important social, physical and emotional skills through hands-on learning and teaching them real-life bush survival and bushcraft skills.
The bush kids workshop is run by Kate, a primary school teacher, outdoor educator, bush playgroup facilitator and artist.
Our program is based on the leading research from world-renowned and leading Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Angela Hanscom, author of Balanced and Barefoot to give your child optimum opportunity to build their gross motor and physical skills through climbing, balancing, walking and fine motor skills during our craft activities. Research clearly shows that the more time your child spends in nature, the better they are prepared for learning and life skills, both physically and emotionally. As Angela illustrates, “too many of today’s children miss out on the full sensory richness offered beyond the walls of the classroom or home.”
Forest school Melbourne is an all-weather outdoor program so you need to make sure you bring appropriate weather protection and clothing. Children must have closed footwear when walking in the bush, sun hats, sunscreen, wet weather gear, plenty of snacks and water and a change of clothes. Our program will only be cancelled in the event of an extreme weather warning; fire, storm, high temperatures and strong wind.
Ages: 3 – 10 years
*Parents must stay and supervise their children at all times.