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Published on 23.01.20

Playing Outdoors: Free Book

Outdoor Play - Let’s kick-start January with a FREE treat!

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Playing Outdoors is a book written by Norwegian author Merete Lund Fasting which has been translated into English and, amazingly, is available FREE to download and read as an open access text.

The book, with a preface by Professor Jan White, is about the intrinsic value of play. It is based on research and studies, and has been evaluated by fellow scholars.

Playing outdoors is about children’s self-organized outdoor play.

It is about children’s attitudes to their own bodies while at play, their playfulness, their joy in movement, their need to be challenged, the places they play, its magic and aesthetics, and children’s imagination and creativity. It is also about how we grown-ups can contribute positively to children’s experiences of outdoor play.

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Meet the author at ECO's annual gathering:

Playing Out's author, Merete Lund Fasting, will be in the UK in March attending the ECO Annual Gathering 2020.

This event in Sheffield on Saturday 28 March continues weaving the Early Childhood Outdoors meshwork, with international keynote speakers, discussions and connections. It will report on how ECO has progressed since it launched in 2017 and map out ways to grow the momentum for outdoor play in the UK.

Early Bird tickets - booked before 31 January - £77
Full price tickets £88.


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Outdoor Hub:

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Books on outdoor play

As well as a suggested booklist, this page has some in-depth recommendations from author & Early Years expert Annie Woods - scroll down to see them.

We'd love your recommendations and book reviews - send them to and we'll add the best here.

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