Bushwalk Playgroup – Vicki Kearney
The connection to nature has played a large part in my life, beginning with my childhood on a farm and having the freedom to play in creeks and the bush. As a parent of four children, I have lived in a rural environment and experienced the joy of seeing my own children connect to nature.
“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think and to think is the beginning of a real education.” David Polis
In 2010 I commenced a Bushwalk Playgroup for children of varying ages, with or without their parents. While walking to our local creek, one of my fondest memories is of the children and I circled around a dusky pink large moth which was motionless on the ground. We all peered at it wondering if it was alive. After many moments, when I bent to touch it, the moth flew up and away and the children began to laugh!
Each season is so different; from the dry creek bed of winter to the flowing cool water of summer. It takes about 20 minutes to walk slowly to the creek and there beneath the shade of the trees in the creek bed we eat morning tea and then allow the children to play! When the creek is flowing, they swim or paddle in bare feet, pulling the little wooden boats along by the string. Sticks and stones are plentiful; toys designed by Mother Nature. Playgroup is from 8.45 – 11.00 am and we go whatever the weather!