Natural wonder of Children’s Week

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Rope swinging, tree climbing, hut building and mud-pie making – it’s all part of nature’s playground, which will feature in Children’s Week celebrations.

Surf Coast Shire Council is hosting various free events as part of Children’s Week, including teaming up with the YMCA Kids Go Bush program. Held Thursday 24 October at Anglesea Recreation Camp, the event will take advantage of the natural environment.

“It’s all about getting children and young people outside and active,” YMCA Kids Go Bush Nature Program Coordinator Elizabeth Haines said.

“Outdoor learning is proven to improve all aspects of early childhood development, and certainly strengthens a child’s physical development in building core strength as they swing on ropes, to balancing on the uneven ground or logs rather than a standardised playground.

“Children are smart and they’re going to do what their confidence level allows. They might only climb to a certain branch when they’re three years old but by the time they’re 10, they will climb the whole tree. It’s dynamic risk assessing – what branches can I stand on and how far should I go.”

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