Outdoor play guides
How-tos, guides & manuals for nature play & outdoor play.
Arranged, as much as possible, in chronological order, most recent first
The #NatureForAll Playbook: an Action Guide for Inspiring Love of Nature
Designed to inspire action, with strategies and ‘plays’ – simple nature connection activities – and case studies of organisations having a go. Hard to describe, this is worth taking a look at to kickstart or boost what you already do.
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) and Canadian Parks Council (CPC), 2017 (pdf)
100+ nature play ideas
A brilliant resource from Creative Star Learning, and page 11 is all about mud!
Nurturing Children and Strengthening Conservation through Connections to the Land Part 1: A Primer on Nature Play and Its Importance – exploring the essential characteristics of nature play, its benefits & barriers. Part 2: Restoring Nature Play – real actions to undertake including advice on creating nature play spaces & playscapes, creating understanding amongst stakeholders, developing & planning programmes, activities & more. The appendix includes a discussion on risk.
Greenhearts (US), c2015 (pdf)
A Parents’ Guide to Nature Play
‘Learn about what makes great nature play, why it is important, and how you can restore it to your children’s daily lives.’
Greenhearts (US), 2009 (pdf)
Also from Greenhearts
Take a risk, go play outside! ‘An online tool to help parents and caregivers gain the confidence to allow their kids to engage in more outdoor play.’ With sections on – What is Risky Play? and Why is Risky Play Important? Followed by a guided journey to put yourself in your child’s, and other parents, shoes, to build an action plan for change.