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PARTS Pod

and Play Republic

By

Green Hat Workshop

PARTS Pod

and Play Republic

By

Green Hat Workshop

What is a PARTS Pod?

How much fun was it playing ‘out’, with junk, without adults? Do you remember the excitement of visiting the rubbish tip? All that stuff to play with. Losing track of time making cubbies and swings with other kids.

In an effort to invoke that same sense of creative wonder and potential…

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In an effort to invoke that same sense of creative wonder and potential experienced by generations of children who accompanied their parents to the local rubbish tip, or shared, extended, unsupervised time with other children in abandoned urban spaces, playing with ‘hard rubbish’, Green Hat Workshop have curated a PARTS pod; a collection of Junk that provides a range of weight, volume, density, shape and texture to encourage different multi-age play-types.

A PARTS pod includes potential cubbies of wooden pallets, cloth, boards and boxes, the experience of rolling different sized tyres, tying a rope or rattling a chain, old traffic cone witches hats, hefting flags onto pipes and poles, a kitchen sink with and pots, pans, weaving walls, a giant inflated tyre inner tube and so much more.

Subordinate to participant’s play experience, the PARTS are experimented with, their peculiarities explored, they’re joined together and sometimes de-constructed. Our collection is therefore in a constant state of being updated and improved, or replaced. Trained Facilitators oversea play, PART maintenance and manage hazards that may arise from such playful use.

 

 

Who are Green Hat Workshop?

Dedicated to providing experiences and products that foster lifelong learning and creatively inspire all ages, Green Hat Workshop have been promoting creativity in local communities, schools, universities and corporate settings since 2008.

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Green Hat Workshop create and provide resources and environments that first and foremost engage participants and engender fun and play.

Working with as few instructions and rules as possible, Green Hat Workshop aim to engage ALL participants at their own level of cognitive and physical ability, be they adult or child, neurotypical or diverse.

We do not write programs that emphasise content or specify a valued outcome but rather value authentic participant-lead programs and provide environments optimum for play and shared creative problem solving.

Green Hat Workshop provide simple, abundant, impermanent resources where possible, as we believe this makes our programs encourages individuals to experiment, share and explore.

We believe:

  • Fun and engagement come first
  • Children come to us with knowledge
  • Humans learn when they are ready and cannot be compelled to do so
  • The goal of every teacher is to become obsolete
  • Purposeless play is essentialy an evolutionary behaviour of creating and solving

What is ‘The Play Republic?’

The ‘Play Republic’ is a fully inclusive pop-up play program, staffed with trained professionals, including ongoing risk and benefit management and insurance, on-site participant feedback etc.

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Including the full range of Green Hat Workshop programs and the opportunity to partner with Green Hat Workshop in a new creative venture. The Play Republic is managed using a Playworker methodology which promotes the freedom to play, un-inhibited and purposeless, self-directed play, with abundant, simple resources, with the ability to come and go freely from the space without upfront admission payment or ticketing.

Often transported and run from Green Hat Workshop’s 20ft. shipping container, The Play Republic can be packed away at the end of each day or grow to inhabit a venue of any size for any length of time.

Case Studies

At Green Hat Workshop we pride ourselves on creating tailor-made programs that fit within our abiding philosphy and authentically suit our client’s needs. Be it sales, human engagement, promotion, space activation or leisure and education, we have an excellent record of success in the programs we design and deliver.

Attracting Families to a Difficult Inner-City Space

In late 2018 and again in early 2019 Canberra’s City Renewal Authority engaged Green Hat Workshop to provide a ‘Pop-up, Loose Parts, Play Space’ and to develop ‘The Making Table’ for a 14 day period… (more)

Attracting families to Public Spaces

Shepparton City Council’s Activities in the Park, Get Moovin’ Program, is made up of a vast range of free classes, workshops and outdoor events in leisure spaces around Shepparton…(more)

Festival Activity

Activating a Difficult Space

One of Australia’s first indoor, winter, family festivals, FUN4KIDS, drew families from around Victoria to Warrnambool for a week every July for stage shows, animal petting, fencing, PLANKS and more… (more)

Festival Sponsor Support

Creating Engagement

As a major sponsor of The Knox Festival, Appleby Estate Agents were using the event to establish relationships with local residents by offering free home appraisals. The problem was(more)

Play Programs

PARTS

A mix of ‘found’ and manufactured objects curated to give as many prompts for different types of unstructured play possible.

Making Table

Make whatever you want at this craft table. Resourced with manufacturing offcuts, packaging surplus, wool, small cardboard boxes, household recycling, lids, material, tape, paper, staplers, textas & glue.

PLANKS

Block construction with 28,000+ identical rectangular wooden blocks. Make bridges, cities, towers, anything. Loads of fun for all ages.

The PILE

A dirt pile, sand pile or mud pile creates endless hours of digging, kitchen play or road play and a prepared surface means this activity can be located anywhere with minimal impact. Bring a change of clothes for the ride home.

Anything?

Painting easels, electronic circuits, cardboard boxes, reed lanterns, writing anthologies, holiday programs, play events… Partner with Green Hat Workshop on a project that fits with our philosophy and fullfils your needs.

How You Can Help

Host an event

Engage Green Hat Workshop in a contract to run a program or to support a program already in place. Contact us to see how we can work together.

Direct us to Local Resources

Leisure and local event management are outsourced in your district? Maybe your contractor is interested in having us support their work? or maybe you would like to see one of our projects in your district and you are willing to direct us to funding opportunities to support this.

Contact Us ⇓

Fill out our online form, reply to an email or give us a call. Let’s make contact!

T: 0421 383 174

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Our Mission

At Green Hat Workshop we are dedicated to inspiring a life of self-directed, playful experimentation and engagement with the elements of our world. We provide workshops and products that foster lifelong learning, creatively inspire all ages and we promote these ideas within the communities we work.

We believe that play provisions should be FREE of payment with participants FREE to come and go, and where people of all ages are FREE to play.

We believe in simple resources, provided in abundance and without instruction.

Our Mission

At Green Hat Workshop we are dedicated to inspiring a life of self-directed, playful experimentation and engagement with the elements of our world. We  provide workshops and products that foster lifelong learning, creatively inspire all ages and we promote these ideas within the communities we work.

We believe that play provisions should be FREE of payment with participants FREE to come and go, and where people of all ages are FREE to play.

We believe in simple resources, provided in abundance and without instruction.

Professional Development and Added Value

In addition to running Play Republic programs, Green Hat Workshop and their partner organisations, add value to their work in your district by training local staff, where possible and on request, delivering engaging and useful professional development for local teachers, childcare providers, and OSH and holiday program providers. These are simple to arrange and can provide ongoing support to projects and to associations. Topics include Playwork, loose parts programs, learning through play pedagogy, STEM education ideas and playground enrichment.

Make A Real Change In Someone’s Life

 

Seeing children experience the intense delight of simply hefting a chain or using tape and rope to connect things to suit their needs, reminds us that children engaging in unstructured play with stuff is no-longer a common characteristic of an Australian childhood. For some children a Green Hat Parts Workshop is their first opportunity to meaningfully affect their environment and to engineer a large scale construction, with free use of the resources and with no premeditated outcome or adult-lead design.

The work we do, at Green Hat Workshop, is highly fulfilling as we often encounter budding engineers, story tellers, architects and inventors who, through our programs are able to unbridle themselves and truly express these interests. Parents come to us from time to time to voice their joy at seeing their child working in their element; maybe even letting us know how their child struggles sitting still at school but has just organised a group of children they’ve never met before, to make a huge cubby/space station or have safely strung a rope from a tree and managed a fair use system for all the kids wanting to play on it. The work we do is doing good in the communities in which we work, not just because they engage local residents for whatever purpose we’re financed to provide but because the work we do truly changes lives.

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Factors that affect fees

Green Hat Workshop do their very best to provide their programs within the widest possible range of budgets and are happy to consider adjusting programs and infrustructure to suit each event. We have made use of ‘home-stay’ arrangements, taken opportunities to freight our resources via event organisers and more, so as to be able to be more viable in some circumstances. The following elements will affect your quote:

  • Accomodation outside of Melbourne
  • The number of participants
  • The Range of Elements engaged
  • Distance from Melbourne

Playful Endeavour

Canberra City Renewal Authority

(PARTS, Making Table)

In late 2018 and again in early 2019 Canberra’s City Renewal Authority engaged Green Hat Workshop to provide a ‘Pop-up, Loose Parts, Play Space’ and to develop ‘The Making Table’ for a 14 day period…

The resources for this event are delivered and stored in Green Hat Workshop’s 20ft. shipping container. Staff for this event are employed and trained locally from Canberra’s Science communication, Teaching, Child-Care and Playworker communities.

Branded as ‘The Playful Endeavour’ the event is run in order to attract and engage families to Canberra’s City Center; particularly Civic Square – a space that is locally considered unwelcoming.

The Renewal Authority arranged promotion of the event through their Facebook groups, website and email lists as well as print media and several City Living Blogs, also positioning Green Hat Workshop’s Education Manager, Cam Lee, to appear on several drive-time radio “What’s on” segments to explain the event and Green Hat Workshop’s deeper philosophy of ‘loose parts’.

Green Hat Workshop and the Renewal Authority also co-moderated a Facebook Event prior and during each Playful Endeavour, enabling a community to be developed and photos/videos & announcements to be disseminated easily.

Following the great success of the first ‘Playful Endeavour‘ at Civic Square the 2nd event was staged in the first two weeks of April 2019 in Canberra’s beautiful Glebe Park. This event drew an estimated 1,000+ participants of all ages over the 14 days, including many families who attended Civic Square event.

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Cardboard Box City

Port Phillip City Council

(Cardboard Boxes)

July 2019 Port Phillip City Council engaged Green Hat Workshop to provide a ‘Cardboard Box City’ play space in conjuction the community of cultural agencies in the Emerald Hill precinct

This event was created from Green Hat Workshop’s resource of Fridge and dish washer boxes, tapes, tube and cloth.

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Get Moovin’

Shepparton City Council

(PARTS, PLANKS)

Shepparton City Council’s Activities in the Park, Get Moovin’ Program, is made up of a vast range of free classes, workshops and outdoor events in leisure spaces around Shepparton…

It has proven so popular that in 2020 the program is expanding to fill 12 months. Since 2016 Green Hat Workshop PLANKS and PARTS Workshops have attracted crowds to the SPC Playground and Maude St Mall running twice a year each.

The City Council advertise through their social media channels and printed program flyers and provide staff on the day to promote the program and to sign in and out participants.

The PLANKS programs only include a single workshop facilitator  from Green Hat Workshop and resources are transported in our van.

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FUN4KIDS Festival

Warrnambool City Council

(PLANKS)

One of Australia’s first indoor, winter, family festivals, FUN4KIDS, drew families from around Victoria to Warrnambool for a week every July for stage shows, animal petting, fencing, PLANKS and more…

From 2011 for several years Green Hat Workshop ran a purpose built PLANKS block play room that became a highlight for many festival  patrons. The Green Hat Workshop PLANKS room with its 28,000 PLANKS and dedication to open ended, self-directed construction-play was always busy and fit perfectly with the festival’s multi-ability, multi-age / family ethos, lending itself to the activation of space to which other activities were unsuited.

Warrnambool City Council set up and decorated the purpose built marquee and floored space, transported our resources to the event and supplied accommodation.

Green Hat Workshop supplied a trained facilitator for the event to maintain the building space, create remarkable instillations and interact with participating families.

 

PLANKS are one of our most popular and much loved activities at Fun4Kids. A real winner with everyone. Families just kept coming back again and again.”

Rebecca Elmes Warnambool, Fun4Kids Festival

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Partnership with Festival Sponsors

Appleby Real Estate – Knox City Council

(PLANKS)

As a major sponsor of The Knox Festival, Appleby Estate Agents were using the event to establish relationships with local residents by offering free home appraisals. The problem was… that the brief moment between agent and passer-by, when handing out their branded show bags, was insufficient to strike up a meaningful conversation, anything more felt like hard sell and the value of the show bags was diminished, as they were simply being distributed and not, as they were intended, to be given as gifts. Often it wasn’t even the key decision maker who collected the bag and the agents could see any interaction may be counter productive to creating positive relationships.

Having had a great success partnering Mirvac Builders with Green Hat Workshop at several previous Festivals, Malcolm Russell, Knox City Council’s Events & Cultural Development Officer in 2011 (now at Yarra Ranges City Council), had the idea of linking a Green Hat Workshop PLANKS building event and PLANKS giveaway, to the Appleby stand, increasing the length and quality of engagement.

As a result of this partnership Knox Council maintained Appleby as a major festival sponsor and the Appleby Stand became a placeknown for authentic creative fun, a stand that Festival Patrons actively sort out, photographed, distributed on social media and spent lengths of time visiting. The Appleby PLANKS giveaway was promoted via festival announcements every hour of the festival and many appraisals were set up with parents ‘looking on’ as their children played and created with PLANKS blocks.

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