A day of messy fun for Children's Week 2022

Published on Thursday, 10 November 2022 at 11:32:29 AM

A bustling atmosphere made up of approximately 70 young children gathered at Boddington Recreation Centre on Wednesday, 26 October for the Children’s Week: Go for 2 & 5 Messy Play Day. Proudly supported by Holyoake’s Wheatbelt Suicide Prevention Project Grant Round, as well as Department of Communities’ via Meerilinga, supported by Healthway and Lotterywest, Children’s Week: Go for 2 & 5 Messy Play Day presented a full morning timetable of sensory exploration and other engaging activities to support health and wellbeing.

To kickstart the day and elevate energy levels, young children were first treated to a Rock n Toddle performance, followed by a healthy morning tea to encourage eating two fruit and five vegetables each day. Following morning tea, it was time to get messy with an array of hands-on activities including paint mixing with different colours in slime and flour, jelly trays filled with bugs, as well as a messy mud pit. Year 10 students from Boddington District High School were also involved with providing face painting to the young children.

A number of local organisations and community groups joined forces to deliver the free event and formed the Boddington Early Years Network, comprising of the Shire of Boddington, Boddington Early Learning Centre, Boddington Family Support Group, Boddington Playgroup and Boddington District High School. The Network will now continue to play an important role in connecting and improving participation of families with younger children in community life, and already are considering a number of ideas for the future.

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