Free Online Nature Play Week Workshops For Early Years Professionals
April 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
The City of Greater Geelong invites nature loving educators to a free, online early years professional development session being held during Nature Play Week 2021.
Grow your skills and knowledge and take away practical and inspiring ideas in this interactive, fun session led by Tania Moloney from Nurture in Nature
Workshop 1 (45 min): Stonework Play
Stonework Play is a form of creative play and learning that engages the senses and animates imagination, allowing each person to tell a story or make a unique pattern from handling and connecting with stones. Stonework Play inspires creative and meaningful engagement with nature and encourages self-directed learning, teaches critical thinking skills, and provides opportunity for sustained and purposeful effort. Participants will be guided through a 5 step process of constructing their stone creation using stones gathered prior to the session, rendering their work on paper, narrating what they have done in story form and sharing their experience with the group. The workshop will include an interactive discussion on ideas and application in early years settings.
Workshop 2 (45 min): Possibilities in a Pinecone
In this fun and interactive session, we’ll take your thinking OUTSIDE the box as we discuss, imagine and discover the endless possibilities of nature’s loose parts. A simple stick can be a journey stick, a talking stick, a measuring stick, a dinosaur, or just a regular stick and you can use it in so many ways to encourage and enhance literacy, numeracy, arts, play, STEM, indigenous culture, history, communication, geography and so much more.
Participants will be sent a pre workshop ‘nature scavenger hunt’ to gather natural resources for these workshops (preferably to use resources they have in their settings)
What: Free online Nature Play Week Workshops for Early Years Professionals
Who: City of Greater Geelong
When: Thursday 22 April
Where: Online – link will be provided to registered participants
Age Range: Adults
Bookings required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-online-nature-play-week-workshops-for-early-years-professionals-tickets-141626595961