Friends encourage outside play

Abby Vogelsang and Pippa Salmon in their cubbyhouse in West Wodonga. They are organising a cubby building challenge as part of National Play Outside Day. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Abby Vogelsang and Pippa Salmon in their cubbyhouse in West Wodonga. They are organising a cubby building challenge as part of National Play Outside Day. Picture: TARA GOONAN

TREE branches, bark, scrap pieces of tin and wool insulation from a building site have created a secret hideout for two Wodonga teenagers.

Pippa Salmon and Abby Vogelsang are encouraging children to ditch their video games and take part in a cubby building challenge.

The challenge, to celebrate National Play Outside Day, will be held in West Wodonga from 2pm to 4.30pm on Sunday.

The friends are keen to show off their creation, which includes a makeshift coffee table and carpet in the form of wool insulation.

“It’s all made of materials we have found outside,” Pippa said.

The pair enjoy the outdoors and have previously organised water fights and survival camps in the bush for children in their neighbourhood.

They are interested to see how well other children can create their own cubby from materials found outdoors.

Abby said children would be divided into teams and encouraged to build the most creative and waterproof cubby within two hours.

“At the end we will give them tips on how to improve and modify their cubbies,” she said.

The challenge is open to those aged between eight and 12, with limited spaces available.

For details or to reserve a spot, phone (02) 6059 4185 by tomorrow.

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