Little Leaves Nature Play Group

Little Leaves is a weekly group that focuses on nature-based play and exploration for toddlers between the ages of 12 – 24 months and they meet at the Upper Liesbeek River Garden. The group is facilitated by an experienced child psychologist and mother of two, Leandra Mendes. The focus of the nature sessions is to create a space to disconnect from screens, to-do lists, and structured activities and just be present, and the Upper Liesbeek River Garden is the perfect setting in which to achieve this. It is safe and great terrain for toddlers who are trying their hand at walking, climbing and splashing about in the river. It is a well-thought-out design and encourages exploration and incidental learning. Beyond this, sitting beneath the shade of the trees and hearing the river gently flow, there is a much-needed sense of calm that comes from being outdoors which facilitates emotional well-being in both the child and parent.