Playshop Details for Children Aged 3-5 Years Old

(All Playshops begin at S1-Picnic Shelter. Please meet your educators there 5 minutes before your playshop begins.)


                           
                           
                              

Saturday, June 15th, 8:30am – 9:15am
  • Qigong Warm-Up: Join me for 45 minutes of qigong to get your day moving. We will be working with energy as we enliven our senses using breathe, visualization, and body movements. Qigong helps to ground you and bring balance to the body-mind. Our time together will have an adult focus though children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Qigong is a gentle, but powerful form of exercise. It originated thousands of years ago in China, and includes the wisdom of the body’s energy pathways. The exercises, or movements are done while standing. We will begin with connecting to the earth, and then we’ll do some movements to cleanse and enliven ourselves. The series of movements that follow aim to nourish and nurture your organs. We finish with an exercise to cultivate new energy. Tai Chi is a more familiar form of Qigong that some of you may know. Available space is for unlimited forest friends and beach buddies (parents/guardians are required to attend) and 1 educator (Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program, Comox – Wendy Poole). There is no registration for this playshop…all are welcome!

PLAYSHOP #1 (Saturday, June 15th, 9:30am – 10:30am) 
  • AdventureSmart: “Hug-a-Tree and Survive: A professional volunteer from Arrowsmith Search and Rescue (ASAR) wearing full gear will provide advice to children and their families on how to avoid getting lost…and what to do if you do get lost. Before coming to camp, it is important for participants to go to the www.AdventureSmart.ca web site and for children to view the brief online video, “Hug-a-Tree and Survive,” about a child lost in the woods. Our group will discuss the actions of the child. Hug-a-Tree and Survive gives us an efficient way to get across 4 important messages that have saved lives of people of all ages – so parents, please check out the AdventureSmart web site, even if you do not sign up for this playshop. Thanks! Available space is for 30 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (AdventureSmart, Parksville – Cynthia Pollak).
  • Berry Painting: Learn to enjoy the natural colours that nature provides. A hands-on finger painting experience that your child will never forget. Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Highland Secondary Eco Team, Comox). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

  • Bringing Kids Yoga Outside: Connect and learn in this exciting and interactive playshop that offers hands-on activities to easily integrate kid’s yoga (and walking meditation with a singing bowl) and mindfulness into your everyday. Yoga is a great way for children to stay active, learn self-awareness, build confidence and find calm in a fun and creative way. Yoga and the practice of mindfulness teaches children self-regulation skills, how to pay more attention to their bodies and feel good about themselves. Yoga is also an excellent modality for treating anxiety. Through yoga children are able to connect to the self, others and nature. Participants should come in comfy clothes that they can move in. Available space is for 30 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program, Comox – Sue McGiffin).
  • Clay Faces in the Forest: Come and Join us for a magical, creative adventure. We will be using clay to create creatures, faces and artwork on the tree that you can come back and visit over the course of the weekend! Work on your own, with a partner, or with your parent to build amazing creations using the loose parts you find on the forest floor. Available space is for 12 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 2 educators (Saplings Outdoor Program, West Vancouver, Lions Bay, Squamish and UBC Farm Heather Fraser & Mei Lin Chan). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Nature Alter: Enter a beautiful world where leaves, pinecones and berries become captivating patterns in earth art. Creating Nature Alters involves placing materials from nature in a geometric design (or whatever shape feels right at that moment) and offers a playful way to express gratitude, practice mindfulness and feel connected with nature and beyond. By marking time with beauty made from our hands we can slow down the moment and find our way back into it. Available space is for 8 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Harry Otter School of Nature Wizardry, Campbell River – Chelsea Holley & Jane West). Please keep in mind that this playshop is 1 and ½ hours and will end at 11am. THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Nature Prints: Learn about some of our local plants. We will use the plant materials to make our own custom t-shirts. *Note: Please bring a plain t-shirt to print. It can be any colour but light or white will offer you more colour choices to print with. Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Nature Wonders, ComoxOlive Bayne and Kimberley Bayne). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Phases of the Moon: Children will learn the phases of the moon using paper cut outs they make themselves. If time allows, we will play a moonlight nocturnal animal game using sound to develop sensory awareness and better understand moon phase effects on animals. Available space is for 6 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Thriving Roots Wilderness School and Victoria Nature School, Victoria Serena Turner & Alive in the Hive, Duncan – Abigail Smith). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Salmon vs. Seals and the Salt Marsh Secret: Participants learn about an important kind of salmon habitat called salt marsh. Actual plants we find on the beach will provide the basis for recreating our own salt marsh habitat. We then place the salt marsh along a make shift water body (blue tarp) and play a tag game called salmon vs. seals. Through the game we see how salmon use salt marsh as a secret weapon to escape from seals. The game will show how important salt marsh is along areas such as Kus-kus-sum. Available space is for 16 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Comox Valley Project Watershed Society, Courtenay – Caila Holbrook). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Volcanic Eruption!: For this playshop we will build a volcano out of sand. We will then use the magic of science to erupt the volcano! Available space is for 20 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Tofino Nature Kids, Tofino – Heather Fleming). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

PLAYSHOP #2 (Saturday, June 15th, 11am – 12pm)
  • AdventureSmart: “Hug-a-Tree and Survive”: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #1)
  • Art Corner: We are going to explore making our own art supplies using materials available in our own backyards and gardens. Please Note: wear clothing that can get messy! Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (Harry Otter School of Nature Wizardry, Campbell River – Chelsea Holley). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Beach Buddies: Explore the beach side, build sandcastles and gather natural materials to add, as desired to beach creations. Available space is for 20 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program, Campbell River – Hannah Trice). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Create Your Own “Bug Hotel”: During our playshop we will inspire children to use their creative minds to design and their very own bug hotel. The playshop will provide instructions on how to construct the bug hotel and each child will receive an information package outlining the benefits of encouraging bug to live in their garden. Available space is for 20 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (Fresh Air Learning, Vancouver – Tricia Edgar). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

  • How to Create a Pollinator-Friendly Space: You can make your backyard a bee sanctuary, and provide essential habitat for butterflies and hummingbirds. Did you know pollinators are best adapted to local, native plants, shrubs and trees? We’ll learn about the importance of nectar and host plants for butterflies. You’ll also find out how to lure hummingbirds and bees, too. Join me to create an important addition to your home garden—it could be a bug hotel, a bee bath or maybe native seed bombs?! We’ll also explore the area in search of butterflies, bees and the native plants they need to thrive. Bring your nets! Available space is for 30 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Victoria – Lindsay Coulter). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Nature Crowns & Forest Royalty Storytelling/Dramatic Play: We will start by making nature crowns, then group brainstorm about what forest royalty means, and create (and hopefully act out) a story together. Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program, Cumberland – Alix Wilson). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Nature Jewelry: Crown yourself in the beautiful jewellery nature has to offer. Learn to make daisy chains and other fun crafts. Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Highland Secondary Eco Team, Comox). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

  • Nature Noise: There is a Zimbabwe proverb, “If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing!” This playshop is a fun way for Forest Friends to explore nature including their own voices through sounds, song & movement. Available space is for 20 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program – Melanie Bagley). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • See & Sign in the Forest: Learn to see what people are saying with their hands. See what is hidden around the forest and sign what you find.  This playshop is for families to learn a bit of sign language together. We will have fun learning sign language through songs, stories and games. Available space is for 6 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (Signing with Maureen, Comox – Maureen Wagner).
  • Yoga in the Forest: Come and Join Imke in some Forest Yoga, learn some animal and forest poses, while having fun with movement. Come and be creative and enjoy yourself and feel inspired to move in the forest. Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Saplings Outdoor Program, West Vancouver, Lions Bay, Squamish and UBC Farm – Imke Hubner). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

PLAYSHOP #3 (Saturday, June 15th, 2pm – 3pm)
  • Art Corner: We are going to explore making our own art supplies using materials available in our own backyards and gardens. Please Note: wear clothing that can get messy! Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (Harry Otter School of Nature Wizardry, Campbell River – Chelsea Holley). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Bear and Cougar Awareness Training: Come and participate in a youth appropriate Bear and Cougar Awareness Training, where your children will become Junior Conservation Officers! Available space is for 20 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (North Island Zone | Conservation Officer Service | Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Campbell River Gordon Gudbranson).
  • Clay Creatures: Start by hand building with clay to create fun forest critters or imaginary creatures and then use natural materials from the forest to make them their own forest homes. Available space is for 12 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Nanaimo Forest Kids, Nanaimo – Amanda Mottle and Assistant). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

  • Creating Fire: We will explore a handful of tricks and tips to explore the life cycle of fire using materials found in our bioregion, and/or in our backpacks. We will discover how to ignite, feed and grow a fire…rain or shine without the use of matches and lighters! Available space is for 6 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program, ComoxSerena Oliveira and Jedi and Wilderness Survival Camp, Cumberland Frank Doss). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

  • DISCOVER OWLS: This educational presentation includes a visit from one of our glove-trained owls representing a special education ambassador in support of the program content. Once the owl is on display to the students, we interact with the students (question/answer opportunities as well as guiding to the answers if needed) to identify the very unique adaptations of owls for the life they live as a ‘raptor’. Although the bird cannot be touched, our various bio facts and props do allow for students to touch after the presentation and thus get a sense of what the bird feels like. Available space is for 30 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, Errington). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Driftwood Fort Building: Using the bounty the beach offers, we will build driftwood forts or whatever else the imagination inspires. Child-led and loosely facilitated, with an emphasis on fun and experimentation, rather than results. We will work cooperatively to create a space to feel sheltered in…a place where stories can be told and games may be born.  Available space is for 10 beach buddies (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program – Wendy Poole). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Fairy House: Collect various sticks, pebbles, leaves, flowers or whatever else you see fit to build your very own fairy home. Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Highland Secondary Eco Team, Comox). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

  • The HeART in Nature: Come join me for a nature-inspired art experience where we explore the various elements of art found in the outdoors. In nature, we will discover and understand: patterns, land spaces and other artistic representations. As we learn we will play games, imagine and create independent art pieces, as well as other themes of creative exploration such as: story telling, music and poetry. Available space is for 12 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (The Erutan Way, Merville – Kat Radford).

  • Mammals of the Night Sky: Learn about the best source of natural mosquito control – Bats!  Come explore the weird and wonderful world of our only flying mammal through games, props, activities, and sounds. In this fun program, together we will explore some of the myths about bats, their importance, bat adaptations, and a special focus on echolocation. Available space is for 18 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, Victoria – Erika Van Dyk).

PLAYSHOP #4 (Saturday, June 15th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Attachment Art: Caring for the Environment means taking responsibility for our daily practice on Earth. Changing our habits by connecting with one another is a key part of healing, growing and connecting. We “attach” with our ability to sit down, listen and be present. This playshop reinforces these ideas while we gather to make a meditation ritual of our art practice replacing agitation and anxiety with a calming method of social interaction. Available space is for 6 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (Earth Art Studio, North Vancouver – Michelle Peters).
  • Birding Adventure: Embody your inner birder. We will craft our own set of binoculars and go for a walk to see what we can see. We’ll tune into our senses, listen and look for movement in the bushes to see who we can spot flitting about in the woods. Available space is for 20 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Tofino Nature Kids, Tofino – Heather Fleming).

  • Create Your Own “Bug Hotel”: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #2) THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Fort Building: Dens, or forts, are a place where children can have unstructured play and let their imagination soar. They learn how to use natural materials to build their own special place, often working as a team with siblings or friends. This playshop is great for teamwork, join us for some great tips on den or fort building. Learn how to do it safely and effectively. Head on a search to find the perfect Y stick and let the building begin! Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are welcome to attend) and 1 educator (Saplings Outdoor Program, West Vancouver, Lions Bay, Squamish and UBC Farm Kat Hannah). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Luke the Kangaroos Bush Band: What sounds can you find in the forest? Can a hollow log be a drum? Can a stick be a fiddle? Can a shell be a whistle? Music is everywhere in Nature and this boogie inducing playshop encourages children and youth to discover their own sounds in Nature and also learn how to fabricate instruments of all kinds using natural materials. Join Luke the Kangaroo and Abigail the Snail as they teach the inner musicians in all of us how to build and design custom instruments from sticks, stones, string and shells, and then get down with the groove. There will be valuable lessons to take home on simple instrument craftsmanship as well as many fun and easy songs to learn and jam to! At the end of the playshop we will even be doing a participant performance with all the newly fabricated instruments. Some natural materials will be foraged for and some will be provided. As an added bonus, there will be a chance to decorate the instruments using unique colors and pigments from the forest! Available space is for 20 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Early Childhood Education Student at North Island College, Courtenay Luke English and Alive in the Hive, Duncan Abigail Smith). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Outdoor Drawing: Find a fun forest creature or plant and use your creativity to draw in an exciting new way, with charcoal. Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Highland Secondary Eco Team, Comox). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

  • Nature Noise: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #2)
  • Nature Prints: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #1) THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Story Sticks: Let’s go for a wander in the forest to watch, hear, smell and feel the joys that Nature has to offer us. We’ll each bring along one of our greatest toys and tools- a stick! As we explore, we’ll decorate our sticks with pieces found along our journey and other colourful materials to remind us of the sights, sounds, smells and magic that we’ve noticed. We’ll learn about the plants and animals we meet, ask lots of questions and share our ideas and stories along the way! At the end, your unique and beautiful stick will tell the story of your wander! Available space is for 12 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Coast Adventure School, Nanaimo Renny Talbot and Jozef Bienkowski-gibbs).


Sunday, June 16th, 8:30am – 9:15am
  • Qigong Warm-Up: Please see details at the top of the page.

PLAYSHOP #5 (Sunday, June 16th, 9:30am – 10:30am)
  • Beach Buddies: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #2) THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Birds and Their Stories: Join us for an hour of birding, building and storytelling. What better way to learn about birds than to be one? In this playshop, children will have the opportunity to learn about local birds and their habitats with hands on nest building, storytelling and role play activities. Available space is for 10 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Muddy Boot Prints, East Vancouver – Sarah Eakins & Pat McGinness). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Clay Creatures: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #3) THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • Crab Walk: An interactive hands-on look at shore crabs. We will do some fun moving activities related to learning about crabs and then go hunting on the beach. Available space is for 12 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 1 educator (City of Campbell River Community Kids Early Learning Program, Campbell River Suzanne Field). THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • How to Create a Pollinator-Friendly Space: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #2)
  • Nature Crowns & Forest Royalty Storytelling/Dramatic Play: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #2) THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • See & Sign in the Forest: (please see details in PLAYSHOP #2) THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!
  • The Nature Of Me Yoga: In this playshop, we’ll connect with Nature by moving our bodies like the animals, water and earth, breathing like the wind, using our voices and experimenting with how it feels be a part of Nature, and for Nature to be a part of us! We’ll learn traditional yoga poses and breaths with lots of room to play, experiment and create movements and shapes of our own. Throughout the playshop, we’ll practice bringing mindfulness and story into our daily routines and movements to deepen awareness and support our nervous systems. Yoga and mindfulness offer space to practice self-regulation, listening to our bodies and connecting with ourselves, others and the world around us. Available space is for 30 forest friends (parents/guardians of the registered children are required to attend) and 2 educators (Coast Adventure School, Nanaimo – Renny Talbot and Jozef Bienkowski-gibbs)..

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(PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY, JUNE 13TH AT 5PM)

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