NATURE lover Kirstie Pupazzoni wants children to make use of local outdoor areas and spend more time playing outside.
Ms Pupazzoni said she started her business Kids Nature Club, a school holiday group for children aged four to 12, to help children connect with nature.
“With the support of the City of Stirling our kids are able to explore, learn and play in local natural areas and bushland in Perth’s northern suburbs,” Ms Pupazzoni said.
“Our hope is that through their experiences in nature our kids will find connection and develop a lifelong relationships and sense of responsibility for the natural environment.”
Ms Pupazzoni said Kids Nature Club offered a range of outdoor activities throughout the school holidays.
“Some of our activities include geo-caching, scavenger and treasure hunts, slack-lining and bush walks, as well as nature arts, crafts and journaling,” she said.
“There is also plenty of free unstructured time available for children to do whatever they choose, whether that be climbing trees, building forts or flying kites.
Ms Pupazzoni said nature play encouraged children to challenge themselves, but also get to know their limits.
“On a cognitive level, unstructured nature play gives children the freedom to use their imagination, make their own rules and think independently,” she said.
“It also allows them to exercise their risk assessment skills and develop their own sense of self. In our urban areas I would love to see less sterile playgrounds and more natural areas.”