Nature at Play: Cubby Building and Construction Through STEM

15th May, 2018 @ 9:00 am


15/05/2018 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Nature at Play: Building Knowledge and Understanding about Natural Environments through Creating, Exploring and Risk Taking

For: Early Childhood and Foundation Leaders, Teachers and Educators


Cubby Building and Construction Through STEM

STEM will be the lens through which we plan and build a construction. It will be a ‘hand on, heads together’ workshop to model how nature-based environments can foster a sense of connection to place and space and build relationships.



Supporting nature play based practice in the Early Years through cubby building. Join Nature Play SA to explore how to nurture STEM Inquiry and thinking skills through the construction of cubbies, shelters, huts and miniature homes.

We are delighted to announce Maria Taylor from Nature Play SA will be presenting a high energy and interactive cubby building workshop.  Participants will use a range of natural materials to explore, create and construct in the beautiful natural surroundings of Belair National Park. Through an early childhood lens, and with a focus on Design and Engineering, educators will plan and develop highly engaging learning opportunities for a range of outdoor learning environments.


Scope of Session

Participants will work collaboratively to engage in professional dialogue and learning through:

  • Working with essential elements of outdoor learning environments which support children connect with nature.
  • Understanding the importance of outdoor play for children’s physical & emotional wellbeing.
  • Discovering ways to use an engineering design process with young children and the opportunities that arise with a ‘watch, wait and wonder’ approach to play based learning.
  • Accessing resources and practical ideas to develop their own ‘toolbox’ to support interactions in STEM learning design.
  • Understanding the capacity for pedagogy and place to guide learning.


Core foci

 Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

 3.2 Exhibit exemplary practice and lead colleagues to plan, implement and review the effectiveness of their learning and teaching programs to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills

4.1 Demonstrate and lead by example the development of productive and inclusive learning environments across the school by reviewing inclusive strategies and exploring new approaches to engage and support all students.


National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care

1.2.2 Educators respond to children’s ideas and play and extend children’s learning through open-ended questions, interactions and feedback.

1.3.1 Each child’s learning and development is assessed or evaluated as part of an ongoing cycle of observation, analysing learning, documentation, planning, implementation and reflection.

1.3.2 Critical reflection on children’s learning and development, both as individuals and in groups, drives program planning and implementation.


Belair National Park Map


Enter Via Upper Sturt Road, Belair Follow The Valley Road / Drive, and along Melville Gully Road towards the Karka Picnic area. Please park in the car park to the right of the Karka picnic area.


Entry to Belair National Park is free for professional development activities. Simply advise staff at the gate that you are there for cubby building/construction and you will be admitted without charge.


The weather forecast for Belair may be different to the forecast for your area. Please check the BOM Stirling forecast the day before (this is the closest area to Belair). If weather is unexpectedly inclement on the day, we will use the Karka Pavilion for some alternative activities.  Please ensure you are properly attired for the day:

  • Sturdy shoes with good grip and closed toes, gum boots are great
  • Loose sports type clothing
  • If cold/wet, a warm jumper and protective raincoat.


There are male and female toilets and wheel chair accessible toilets available.


For all registration enquiries please contact Sandy Cross.



Bookings are closed for this event.