Getting kids excited about the great outdoors

Karina Crane showing Tumut Preschool students how to plant a native tree.

Staff and students at Tumut Preschool have been taking full advantage of the warm weather, with a range of innovative steps to get kids excited about being outside.

Over the past several weeks they have planted indigenous plants, worked on an edible garden, revived the compost bins and re-established a previously used worm farm.

Karina Crane, a University of New England student currently undergoing placement as part of her Bachelor in Early Childhood and Primary Education degree, said the children at the Preschool had been very excited about all the new initiatives.

“Whilst being on placement, with the help of the children, staff and the community, we have been busy incorporating additional elements in the outdoor play space,” she explained.

“Sustainability has been an underpinning theme for our rethinking of the outdoor learning environment.”

Ms Crane said they were many benefits to kids playing outside and getting involved in environmentally conscious activities.

“Rich and meaningful outdoor learning spaces foster an appreciation for the natural environment, develop environmental awareness and set the stage for ongoing environmental education,” she said.

Local businesses have gotten involved in the effort, with donations of a garden bed, plants, and soil for the kids and staff to work with.

“We appreciate [the community’s] support in helping the Tumut Preschool in continuing to take an active role in caring for the environment and contributing to a sustainable future,” Ms Crane said.