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Commonwealth Games provide a passport to outdoor learning and fun with Nature Play QLD

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More than 100,000 children from around Queensland are exploring the outdoors inspired by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Amelia, 8, took part in some of the 13 new GC2018 themed Nature Play QLD passport missions (Hyperlink) and was a lucky winner of the Nature Play QLD Embracing 2018 Mission Prize Draw.

“We went to the launch event of the passport at the Botanic Gardens because we thought it would be awesome and it was. I think the passport is awesome and cool.”

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Legacy Program partnered with Nature Play QLD to create a free special edition GC2018 themed passport to help reconnect children with nature though unstructured play and outdoor learning.

The Embracing 2018 Legacy Program is focused on building active, engaged and healthy communities, and the partnership with Nature Play QLD has been a key part of that.

The passport is a free booklet filled with missions and ideas to encourage children and families outside to explore, have adventures and have fun. Building a giant bird’s nest, constructing a leaf boat or finding treasures at the beach are just a few of the fun activities you find inside.

“I enjoyed the floating leaf race where we chose a leaf and we had to place it on water and blow it to the other side,” Amelia said.

Nature Play QLD Community Engagement and Resource Coordinator Cate Storey said she believed outdoor activity was fundamental for building lifelong healthy habits.

“The world-class athletes of today began their journey of mastering their bodies through outdoor play. Unstructured outdoor play was the foundation of their specific skills development - creating a love of movement, a love of challenge and a love of mastery.”

Find out more about how to get a Nature Play QLD Embracing 2018 Passport or participate in the GC2018 missions at www.natureplayqld.org.au.