Na­ture play area brings out cre­ativ­ity

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News -

TWO new na­ture play ar­eas will al­low stu­dents at St Joseph’s School in Pem­ber­ton to use their imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity.

The wood-chipped play ar­eas con­sist of large rocks and tree logs.

Early child­hood ed­u­ca­tor Ruth Kelly said the school de­vel­oped a com­mit­tee which looked into a va­ri­ety of na­ture play ar­eas be­fore set­tling on some­thing “sim­ple” to al­low chil­dren to use “their own cre­ativ­ity in the area”.

“This is just stage one and we’ll look at adding more branches, rocks and things like peb­bles,” Mrs Kelly said.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve no­ticed stu­dents us­ing the na­ture play area for a range of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties.

“For ex­am­ple, stu­dents were us­ing toy an­i­mals and cre­ated an African Sa­van­nah zoo which has now mor­phed into the stu­dents be­com­ing the an­i­mals.”

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

St Joseph’s School stu­dents Toby Eb­sary, 10, Joshua El­lis, 11, and Jay­den Coote, 10, ex­plore their new na­ture play area.

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