By Melissa Grant
Spoonville is causing a real stir in Melbourne’s southeast.
For those who aren’t familiar, Spoonville is a colourful craze where children decorate wooden spoons and start their own village or add them to an existing one in a location people can see on their daily walks.
There are dozens of Spoonville communities across the Cardinia, Casey, and Baw Baw regions.
- In Cardinia, you will find Spoonville communities at Pakenham Springs Primary School, Bunyip’s Hillview Aged Care, John Henry Primary School at Pakenham and on Walnut Way Pakenham.
- In Casey, the colourful communities can be found at Peel Street Berwick, Bellevue Drive Berwick, Wood Road Narre Warren South, and Dartmoor Drive Park Cranbourne East.
- Over in Baw Baw, there are Spoonvilles at Jackson’s View Estate in Drouin, McNeillys Park in Drouin and Bennett Street Longwarry.
The Spoonville craze started in Winnersh, England as a way of improving children’s mental health during COVID-19 lockdowns.
Like the bear hunt and rainbow movements, the idea is to bring some happiness to children during the pandemic.
Spoonville came to Australia after Longwarry mum of three Junelle Wilson, formerly of Scotland, decided to start her own.
Junelle got the idea from her friend Helen, who started a Scottish Spoonville on the Isle of Mull.
She says there have been some very creative spoons, including princess spoons, spoonycorns (unicorn spoons), animal spoons and superhero spoons.
Her sons Jude, 12, Van 10, and Nyah,6, have enhoyed creating their spoony people and watching others get involved.
If you start your own Spoonville, make sure you tag Spoonville International on Facebook so it can be added to the list.
For the full list of Spoonville communities, CLICK HERE