Fam­ily na­ture-play move­ment rocks

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Pil­bara’s wealth has come from its rocks, so it comes as no sur­prise the lat­est na­ture play craze has gained a foothold in the re­gion.

WA Rocks was founded by Alana Steven­son to en­cour­age chil­dren to be more in­volved in na­ture play, ex­plo­ration, cre­ativ­ity, art and fun.

The idea is for fam­i­lies to paint rocks and hide them in parks and other pub­lic places around town, then put a mes­sage on the WA Rocks Face­book page to say where they have left them. Once peo­ple find a rock, they can ei­ther keep it or hide it again.

Fam­i­lies have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the move­ment from Ex­mouth to Port Hed­land to New­man, and ev­ery­where in be­tween.

Bayn­ton West mother Kresta Scott said the craze was a wel­come change from the screen time that had be­come preva­lent in re­cent years.

“We found a painted rock down in Ex­mouth and my son said ‘can we take that home and hide it in the park across the road?’,” she said. “He had heard about this from school and knew straight away what it was when he saw the rock.

“We much pre­fer the chil­dren be­ing out­side play­ing in the fresh air and jump­ing on board some­thing that is free and easy to get in­volved in.”

New­man mother Jenny ElderGreen said the WA Rocks craze was help­ing chil­dren have fun and build skills.

She en­cour­aged par­ents to be in­volved in paint­ing rocks as well to help build re­la­tion­ships with their chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Sa­muel Scott and Tom Killeen, both 6, and Nate Scott, 3, love the WA Rocks move­ment.

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