SAY CHEESE: Kids are all smiles as the camera interrupts their playtime at the last Burnett Mobile Playgroup session in Monto for the year.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times
SAY CHEESE: Kids are all smiles as the camera interrupts their playtime at the last Burnett Mobile Playgroup session in Monto for the year.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times Annie Perets

These country kids favour toy cattle for playtime

CHRISTINE Grubb has taken her kids to Burnett Mobile Playgroup in Monto since it began in 2004.

In that time, all five of her children, including current attendee Jemma, 4, have grown up playing with the playgroup toys.

"We haven't missed many playgroups through the years," she said.

"It teaches kids to share and mingle, and a few of mine are very shy and they are always keen to come.

"Jemma's favourite thing is the playdough."

Organiser Liddy Pamenter said a special thing about the playgroup was that it catered to a rural audience.

"The most popular toys are the cattle yards and trucks because most kids can relate to them," she said.

"The kids will pretend to dehorn them, put the bulls together, and do what their parents do on the farm - they know what's going on."

Playgroup sessions are over for the year but organiser Vicki Gartner said it would be back bigger and better next year.

"There will be lots of new toys next year because we just got an extra government grant," she said.

"We'll have a children's library soon, and we'll travel out to properties with the library so families don't have to come to town.

"They'll be able to borrow as many books as they like with no time frame."

Aside from playgroups, there is also a family support service offered, and the mobile vehicle is equipped with a resource library.

The playgroup visits different towns across the Central and North Burnett.


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