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Energetic Play Every Day

Energetic play is a natural way for children to move and be active. For example, babies rock and kick their feet. Older children run, jump, twirl, kick, throw, dance to music, play on playground equipment, enjoy rough-and-tumble play, and much more.

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The Raising Children website (raisingchildren.net.au) states that physical activity is an important part of play and learning. And when children do physical activity with you or other people, it can be a great way for them to build relationships in your family and community.

Physical activity is also just good fun for children.

Discovery Lauderdale works closely with our local CFLC to attend multicultural playgroup and play on Country sessions, as well as Launching into Learning and Pre-Kinder sessions at our local primary school. Recently, they attended piyura kitina flag raising at Risdon Cove and NAIDOC week celebrations hosted by Aboriginal Early Years educators at Clarence Plains CFLC. The children participated in a smoking ceremony and enjoyed some kangaroo stew before engaging in some messy, physical and muddy fun!

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Our Alexander Beetle House centre recently had Lucy from the Australian Ballet come and do some dance story workshops with them. Lucy showed the children some photos of professional ballet dancers and she brought in a pair of ballet slippers for everyone to try on and feel. Children explored Sleeping Beauty through movement and sound - the music was amazing, modern songs but in symphony! Lucy taught the children fundamental ballet moves, poses and postures whilst telling the story of Aurora and the wicked fairy godmother Carabosse.

Physical activity is vital for children’s health, wellbeing and development, now and in the future - let's get moving together!