To toddle not a doddle on activity landscape
PERTH has plenty of activities for kids aged six-plus but not so many for toddlers, according to Scitech’s Belinda Gerard.
“There’s not a huge choice of things and particularly finding activities that are education-based for little ones can be quite hard,” she said.
“There are great places for kids to amuse themselves, but trying to find some structured play that actually invites kids to play in a constructive way is a little bit harder.”
Toddlerfest kicks off this week, offering a stimulating discovery destination for one to five-year-olds and their families.
Activities include sensory and bubble play, farmyard animals, road WHAT: WHEN: WHERE: TICKETS: safety learning, a reading nook and basic first aid education.
“There has been a lot of research showing that allowing kids access to these hands-on and interactive activities sets a really good foundation for creative and critical thinking and helps them develop into full and healthy adults,” Gerard said.
“So by providing these unusual activities and allowing access to animals etc they can get across the science thing and families can learn a few different ways to play together and learn some information they may not know.”
Toddlerfest is a bi-annual event, running for five years. Children under four are free. “A lot of parents don’t realise what they already offer their kids,” Gerard added.
“Instinctively they are great at what they do and they’ll engage them in different ways, so coming to Toddlerfest can sometimes just be a good reminder to say: ‘Yes, you are on the right path, keep doing these great things.’”