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Join Tiny Tot's Playgroup on Saturday mornings. This movement based playgroup focusses on fun, family friendly active outdoor play. Spots are limited so get in quick if you're keen! First session kicks off on 7 October.

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TINY TOTS SPACES FILLING FAST! Don't miss out.

Have you signed up for Ginninderra’s Tiny Tots program? With limited numbers don’t miss out on this program focus...sed on fun, colour, team work, participation and development of fundamental movement skills.

At only $60 this is a fabulous program for children under 5 years of age that encompasses skills based games, and stations.

Emphasis is not on competition but on the development of young children and this is incorporated in play, games, and station activities.

Activities running and jumping over rope ladders, obstacle courses, mini hurdles, hoops, throwing and catching, jumping and parachute games. The children also get to participate in 'Athletics' events such as long jump or a 50m run on the track and jumping in the “big sandpit”.

We also have “theme” days including a “Superhero” day, “Farm” theme and Christmas themed day which provide a creative twist on learning and development movement skills.

Don't delay sign up now before all the spots have filled up.
http://www.ginninderra.com/…/registr…/tiny-tot-registration/

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Biking in Canberra's nature reserves is a great way to be active as a family. Help your kids learn the skills needed to bike with confidence on trails by booking them onto this workshop with Pedal Power ACT: Canberra Region Cycling and enjoy the freedom of two wheels.

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Our latest Active Play Idea is #9 Cardboard Boxes. They're free and super versatile when it come to play. Taking your kids on a box sled ride is a sure-fire way to get your heart rate up! Move More Sit Less and have fun! Nicole Sadlier

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Do your kids love oozy, squishy mud? Our latest Active Play Idea is #8 Mud Pies. Find out why mud makes kids happy and develops their creativity and senses. Move More Sit Less and make mess! Enjoy Nicole Sadlier

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Do you love a weekend building project? Do you have young kids? Would you love to have a climber in your backyard? If you answered - yes, Yes, YES!! - then I have a project for you...

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Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup added 4 new photos.

We celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day Australia today by testing out our new climber. Climbing wall one side, cargo net the other and truck parking area undernea...th. A gift of climbing fun to all kids who use the Cook play space - built with a generous donation from one of our Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup families (thank you!) which paid for the materials, and volunteer hours which used a hand saw and cordless drill to turn the materials into a climbing frame. Just like a bought one for a fraction of the cost. Enjoy kids! Nicole Sadlier

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Would you like to go bush with your kids? Or explore a new part of Canberra - getting outdoors and some fresh air? Canberra Bushwalking Club run a series of events for families with young kids - PRAMbulations and Toddler Toddles. Head on over to Nature Play CBRs website for upcoming events - http://www.natureplaycbr.org.au/things-to-do/events

Canberra Bushwalking Club added 7 new photos to the album: The toddlers conquer a mountain.

On Tuesday, nine kids aged 18 months to 4 years old, with their support crews, conquered Harcourt Mountain, known to persons with longer legs as Harcourt Hill. ...Straight up to the top they went, in a fairly straight line!

After bagging the trig they tried out some log walking, rock-hopping, and rolling down a grassy slope. A water trough proved an unexpected hit.

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What did your child find to test their balancing on this week? Our latest Active Play Idea is #7 Batter Up. This idea has been tried and tested across Canberra and is sure to get your kids moving. Click through the images for info on a Baby Friendly version. Move More Sit Less and have fun! Enjoy Nicole Sadlier

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Would you like to create a memorable childhood for your kids? Think back to when you were a kid - what are your favourite memories? There’s a good chance they happened outdoors. There’s 13 weekends in Spring, so how about sitting down as a family and making a list of what you’d love to do outside together. Vote on your favourite 13, make a poster together “In Spring We’re Going to…”, stick it to your fridge, and make a commitment to do all 13 this Spring.

Need inspiration? Try starting with Nature Play CBRs 'Things to do in Spring'. Have fun! Nicole Sadlier

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Imagine if you didn’t know how to move your body? What would you do first if you wished to crawl? Push into your hands? Press into your knees? Babies need to learn to how move, and they need lots of time every day to move freely and explore how their body works.

Once they get it - they’re off! And, you can Move More Sit Less and share crawling races down the hall. Take a moment to connect with crawling and watch Baby Liv. Enjoy Nicole Sadlier
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This is a montage of a little baby named Liv doing what babies do during their first year of life. It is the second video we've produced. Be sure to visit th...
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Dragging your kid around in a box sled or grass sled certainly gets the heart rate up - especially when they're crying out 'Faster!' Simple, cheap family fun. Thanks Griffith Play and Learn for a morning of outdoor play. Nicole Sadlier

Did you try Soccer Skittles this week? Our latest Active Play Idea is #6 Balancing Act. Good balance increases your child’s confidence in activities and play like jumping and hopping. Move More Sit Less and have fun! Enjoy Nicole Sadlier

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Mighty Movers CBR updated their cover photo.
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This is definitely worth a read before you visit Canberra's three new natural play spaces and vote on your favourite.

Get the lowdown on what makes a great nature play space with Nature Play WA CEO Griffin Longley.
"Kids need room to move, to touch, smell, climb and make stuff... up. And to make stuff ups. So sometimes the most important thing when it comes to great nature play outcomes isn’t the space itself but the willingness of adults to allow it to happen".
http://www.edureporter.com.au/nature-inspires-play/

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Nature Play WA chief executive Griffin Longley “Not that there is anything wrong with slides, but what kids need most is the opportunity to move their bodies and to invest their imaginations. Good nature play spaces call to children to move and to invent.” Griffin Longley is the chief executive of N...
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Join the vote on Canberra’s three natural play spaces and be part of creating great natural play experiences for our children.

Following the public launch of the three natural play spaces, #Canberra families now have the opportunity to vote on their favourite park.
Why not make this a ...fun family activity! Visit each park and then complete the below survey together.
Think about:
Which park inspired the imaginations of your child the most?
Which park would you go to as a family again?
What would you like to see in future natural play spaces?

We want Canberra’s parks and recreation spaces to be fun, active, challenging, and mentally stimulating spaces for all and your feedback can greatly assist.
Voting closes on Friday 8 September.
Craft Your Park - Telopea Park
Craft Your Park - Tuggeranong Town Park
Craft Your Park - Finn Street Park

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/voteforyourpark

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Thank you to all the families who joined us at Craft Your Park - Tuggeranong Town Park yesterday morning to share an amazing Winter's day, play outside and run through the natural playground and trees on the painted rock hunt. Thanks to Gungahlin ACT Rocks for hand painting 100 rocks for the Parties in the Park event with Australian Institute of Landscape Architects - AILA - there was lots of excitement and smiles amongst the children. Next time you visit the natural playground on the hill - look in, around, up and under all the natural structures and trees in the surrounding area - you may still find a rock or two hiding. If you want to keep moving with your kids on more Hide Seek & Find rock hunts - go to Gungahlin ACT Rocks. Nicole Sadlier

Did you try Ice Smash this week? Did your kids like it?

Our latest Active Play Idea is #5 Soccer Skittles (see Active Play sheet). This is a fun family activity and such a great way to re-purpose plastic bottles from your recycling bin.

Let us know if you ‘Like’ it. We hope this idea helps you and your family Move More Sit Less. Enjoy! Nicole Sadlier

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Get moving this weekend at Canberra's three new natural playgrounds...

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Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup
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Come and celebrate the opening of Canberra's three natural playgrounds this weekend with Parties in the Park - thanks to Australian Institute of Landscape Archi...tects - AILA. Each party will be fun, creative and action packed with activities such as a rock hunt (rocks supplied by Gungahlin ACT Rocks), nature sculpting with clay, parkour workshops (Canberra Parkour Association), orienteering (Orienteering ACT), face painting, tree planting and getting active on the obstacles with Bluearth Foundation's Mighty Movers CBR program. Different activities are running at each location so go to the event pages below for details and times:

Tuggeranong Town Park - from 9.30am
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Telopea Park - from 11.30am
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Finn Street Park - from 2.00pm
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The public will have an opportunity to vote on their favourite natural playground soon - so come along, check them out and Move More Sit Less this weekend Canberra! See you there Nicole Sadlier

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