The Educating Friends: BotaniKIDS, a 'growing' group of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens 

 

Planting Ideas for Growing Minds

 

This group was established to support, encourage and resource the young (and their grown ups) to explore, enjoy, appreciate and learn in and about the Gardens.

The BotaniKIDS group utilises the natural beauty and cultural aspects of the Gardens precinct to provide an exciting engaging array of opportunities that enriches the experience and learning possibilities.


So what do we do?

Simple down to earth play, where we enjoy getting our hands dirty, collecting acorns, cones, leaves and sticks!
We so love sticks ... sometimes we even take a stick for a walk and draw with it in the gravel!  Sticks are good.

 

 

A great feature of our sessions is our nature craft where we make cool stuff from our collected treasures from our walks. The grown ups share a coffee and yummy home made cakes too.  We learn really interesting science with experts about water, fish algae and peer at tiny bugs that live in our Lake.


We love to go on tram rides with our friends in the Tramway Museum and often take visits into the Conservatory to see where special flowers live.


    Check out our Facebook, Ballarat BotaniKIDS page for upcoming events, links, ideas, recipes and sharing . Like us please we are nearing 500 likers!  

 

 At all events children will need to be supervised fully by carers, parents or teachers. 

 

Key Features of our Programs

The Great Big Gardens Play Day on International Children’s Day In October where over 10000 children explored in nature play and quests.

Providing free family activities in partnership with the Ballarat City Council based on creative outdoor play during the Begonia Festival giving children experiences that can be further developed in their own backyards.

Regular sessions for the under fives in our Coffee and Cake mornings. The parents are treated to a homemade cake and coffee while their children are involved in book readings, songs, nature walks and crafts.

School Holiday programs with nature activities based on the four seasons.

Free Family Activity Kits available from the Conservatory for ideas to explore the Gardens. On request . Play tubs available .
Nature Quests pamphlet for families/schools/Kinders that visit the Gardens .

Teacher Education Program to raise ‘horticultural knowledge banks’within schools especially those establishing school gardens.such as our School a kitchen Garden program.

Bring Back the Christmas School Picnics in the Gardens!
Schools will be given the opportunity to book during the first week of December a Christmas Picnic time and the BotaniKIDS group will support with resources and an activity.

 

Enquires to  

 

Interesting Links

 

The Stick
"The stick is the world's oldest toy", National Toy Hall of Fame
www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/stick

 

Nature Play
"Why Nature's Play is Good for our Children!"
www.natureplaysa.org.au

 

Connecting Children with Nature
"Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature"

www.naturalearning.org

 

Why our children need to get outside and engage with nature
"Why Playing in the Mud is More Than Just Fun" by Hyahno Moser 21 Feb 2015
www.natureplayqld.org.au


Crazy about Trees Crossword
www.fs.fed.us/pnw/olympia/kids/crossword.htm

 

BotaniKIDS facebook for upcoming events and dates....

 

 
March / April 2016 School Holidays
 

Self Guided Holiday Program
New kids Nature Holiday Bags available at the Robert Clarke Horticultural Centre (opp the big glass conservatory) at The Ballarat Botanical Gardens courtesy of Ballarat BotaniKIDS and Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens from Monday April 4th


Activities.... Match, Walk, Thread, Collect, .Find, Discover!

  • Go on a colour matching walk using colour discs in your bag 
  • Thread leaves to make a nature necklace using the string and pipe cleaners 
  • Collect natural litter from the ground as a collection to take home
  • Follow the hints and learn how trees and animals are special using our Trees Please activity sheet . 

Hey guys we'd love to see your fun on Facebook, post images on our pages!

 

Activities to Download

 

Ballarat BotaniKIDS invite you to download....

 

Trees Please for under 5 quests

 
Tree Quest pdf here.
 
Come to the Gardens and enjoy....
  • Family Nature Quests
  • Holiday Activities
  • Play Days
  • Nature Playgroup
  • School Tours and Activities on request
  • Productive Garden Courses

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