Play is education at its most FUN!
Education centres from preschool to university and games go hand in hand. Players of all ages will learn and think as they challenge themselves and others.
We have supplied to childcare centres, OOSH (Out Of School Hours) Holiday Camps, schools, universities and other learning centres.
Our facilitated Early Learning PLAY packages and dry-hire packages create stimulating environments that encourage children to explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in exciting new ways.
Your educators are focused on achieving the key developmental outcomes of Belonging, Being and Becoming outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework. We’re not teachers, but we like to think of ourselves as PROFESSORS OF PLAY.
We thrive on developing innovative strategies to get kids to play in more meaningful ways, encouraging learning through interactions that stretch their thinking and problem solving skills to higher levels.
We are happy to talk with your Educators about their developmental objectives and create awesome learning experiences together – or we can plan it all ourselves and bring along a rotating surprise selection of games and activities that we know will wow your kids.
WHAT KINDS OF GAMES?
From GIANT LEGO and Jenga to Connect 4 — did we mention our games are awe-inspiringly enormous? The pure scale of them inspires enthusiasm and joy in itself. We also have the biggest marble run and snakes and ladders games you’ve ever seen and bespoke wooden games you won’t find anywhere else.
Plus for pre-schoolers we offer the ultimate space mission: build your own rocket and launch it to the stars!
BENEFITS OF PLAYING OUR GAMES
There are so many benefits! The very act of playing allows children to enter a FLOW state where key learning concepts can be better absorbed.
Our games promote:
* social interaction and skills
* number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting
* letter recognition and word recognition
* visual and spatial awareness and colour recognition
* hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
Best of all our activities are BOTH educational and fun!
SO HOW DOES GARDEN GAMES WORK? — Whether it’s a regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly games slot, we design packages to suit your specific needs.
WE OFFER GAMES IN TWO WAYS:
– DRY HIRE – we deliver the day before or early morning and return to collect in the evening or the day after.
– FACILITATED EVENT – our experienced Games Instructors run fun games activities for the different groups of kids at your centre so they can get the most out of our games. All our staff have valid Working With Children checks and unlimited amounts of enthusiasm.
HOW MUCH? – We tailor packages to your specific requirements. Prices depend on the number of children, the games you select and the event’s regularity, duration and location. Delivery and Set up/ Pack up fees may also apply. Or pick up and/or return games to our Waterloo storage facility to save on additional fees. Facilitated events include a charge for an experienced Games Instructor.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Call us on 0450 681 452
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask about our FREE 1 HOUR TRIALS currently on offer in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs!
If you’re not in the East still give us a buzz. We can talk about your needs and plan a fantastic Early Learning games package to suit you.
|Early Learning Framework
|How Garden Games meets them|
|1||Children become aware of
|Games are great for teaching
children to wait their turn and to take turns. Our games allow children to
explore fairness within the context of social interactions.
|2||Children become socially
responsible and show respect for the environment.
|Garden Games subscribes to the
eco ethos: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. There is very little waste in what we do.
We get kids away from screens and
outside, helping them reconnect with nature.
|3||Children become strong in their
social and emotional wellbeing.
| Playing games as a group
builds on social skills and the satisfaction that results from this
connection boosts emotional wellbeing and builds self esteem.
|4||Children begin to understand how
symbols and pattern systems work.
|From giant LEGO and marble runs
to Connect 4, our modular games allow plenty of opportunities for counting
activities, shape and pattern recognition and constructing and deconstructing
within a fun context that’s outside a more structured learning experience.
|5||Children develop a range of
skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation,
hypothesising, researching and investigating.
|There is no single
“correct” way to interact with any of our games and many ways to
approach playing them. This means children have the opportunity to use their
intuition and experiment in order to make them work.
|6||Children develop a sense of
belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal
rights and responsibilities necessary for active community
|Playing our games in groups
creates a sense of connection and reinforces existing friendships. Some of
our games offer free play while others provide the opportunity for children
to take on specific roles and work as a team towards achieving common outcomes
as a group. Working as a team helps to create a sense of belonging.
|7||Children develop dispositions
for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity,
commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
|Our games are big, colourful and
engaging – both physically and mentally. The challenge of playing them
and the joy in doing so sparks creativity, commitment and continued
|8||Children develop knowledgeable
and confident self-identities.
| There is much to be learnt
about the self through play. Play is how children test out ideas about
themselves and others and the world they live in. By gaining knowledge of
themselves through play children become more confident in their sense of self
and their own identity.
|9||Children develop their emerging
autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency.
|Our games inspire children to
have a go. Through playing them they learn to improvise and experiment and
work things out for themselves. There will be moments of achieving tasks and
some opportunities for trying again all of which promotes agency and resilience.
|10||Children engage with a range of
texts and gain meaning from these texts.
|12||Children express ideas and make
meaning using a range of media.
| Children can explore ideas
in three dimensional form with our giant LEGO.
|13||Children feel, safe, secure and
|Games and the general concept of
play provide a respite from the stresses of everyday life. Staff will help
facilitate this by suggesting more play ideas and challenges.
|14||Children interact verbally and
non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.
|Communication and interaction
both verbally and non-verbally occur in all the games as they navigate
towards an outcome. It’s great to watch kids deciding and agreeing on
the rules of the games.
|15||Children learn to interact in
relation to others with care, empathy and respect.
| Children can learn and
practice waiting and taking turns. Teachers can also encourage children to
practice being inclusive.
|16||Children resource their own
learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and
| Children will engage
directly with our games and with the others playing them and learn
organically through those connections.
|17||Children respond to diversity
| Garden Games respectfully
supports diversity in all areas.
|18||Children transfer and adapt what
they have learned from one context to another.
| Experimenting with one
game or activity creates new ideas to play differently with the next one.
Children build on their knowledge and share it with the other
|19||Children use information and
communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and
represent their thinking.