We currently offer the following Kid's Nature Workshops:
My Mindful Nature
A weekly Friday morning Kid's Nature Connection session open to kids aged 4 to 12, homeschooling groups and drop-ins. Held at Little Stream, Constantia 9:30am till 11am.
Kid's Holiday Workshops
Held in the Cape School holidays, usually 3 to 5 days offered, each day unique, following certain seasonal themes and fun nature activites and crafts for kids aged 4 to 12. 9:30am till 12 at various nature-abundant venues.
Little Stream, Constantia - a beautiful tree filled venue, with large area of lawn, a stream for us to wade in and abundant insects, plants and animals.
Soil for Life, Constantia - an abundant organic vegetable garden situated at this local NGO who offers their own training, organic gardening information, fresh organic produce and a shop.
Our Kid's workshops run with a maximum of 12-14 kids and are supervised by two adults. All our venues offer abundant nature experiences and have indoor facilities for us to use if the weather is too wet.
Our workshops encourage kids to interact with nature, make interesting nature discoveries and develop their creative confidence with nature arts and crafts. We also get active in the garden through climbing logs and getting up on the climbing net or catching tadpoles in the stream. We adventure out on some nature treasure hunts and short walks to find animals and insects, making sure to use our senses, stop and listen to the birds and see everything from the tiniest insect to the big sky above. All of these activities encourage children's confidence in nature and with nature's creatures while fostering a love, respect and awe for all the living things that we encounter.
Workshops are heart-centred, meaning that activities and social interactions are also used to teach kids important life skills like sharing, being patient, leading, taking turns, being mindful of each other’s feelings, as well as our natural environment. We aim to foster good self-esteem through their social interactions with each other, the craft activities and the adult supervisors.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens and self-acceptance. It is a skill or tool we regularly weave into our games, activites and crafts to help children become more self-aware, aware of all the 'presents' (gifts) of beauty that nature offers if we notice them, awareness of the environment and its plight and awareness of our interconnectedness with each other and nature itself.
Our children more than ever need time away from computers, tablets and TV or we risk them growing up vistims of nature-deficit disorder, social isolation, anxiety and depression. Increased screen time has been linked in research with loss of empathy and lack of altruism. The scientifically proven benefits of regular nature exposure for children is well documented in recent research and is an urgent call to getting them outside every day, playing in safe and unstructured nature-abundant places, where boredom is replaced with curiosity and creativity, imagination and freedom.