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Resources Outdoor Play

General aspects with outdoor play

Academic Studies and Play on a Collision Course and Play is Losing : Study Shows Pressure on Children Leaves Less Time for Play. NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 1999 Kid source

Brody, Jane E . Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You(In New York Times January 26, 2009)

DeBord, Karen Et al (?) Making the most of outdoor time with Preschool children. North Carolina State University.

Dietze, Beverlie (2016) A Blog; The importance of increasing children's outdoor play opportunities (In Canadian Childcare Federation)

Goldstein,Jefferey (2012). Play in children's development health and well-being

Rivkin, Mary S. (2000-12-00) Outdoor experinces for young children. 2000-12-00 ERIC Digest.

Thernstrom,Melanie The anti-helicopter parents plea: Let kids play ! (In The New York Times Magazine October 19,2016)

Risk In Play,and why we need risk in play

A playground tumble can do you good (In Spike Wednesday 14 November 2007)

Gray, Peter (2014) Risky Play : Why children love it and need it

Guldberg, Helene Don't blame parents for 'cotton-wool kids' (In Spike Wednesday 6 August 2008)

National Children’s Bureau Play Safety Forum by Play England (2013). Managing risk in play provision: A Position Statement.

Sandseter,Ellen Beate Hansen (2007) Categorising risky play. In European Early Childhood Education

What's wrong with America's Playgrounds and how to fix them: An interview with Frost. In American Journal of Play 2008

Chawla, Louise Learning to love the natural world, Enough to protect it .-  In Barn nr. 2 2006:57-78,ISSN 0800-1669 –Norsk senter for barneforskning. Norway

Kristof, Nicholas. How to Lick a Slug (In New York Times August 1, 2009)

Yerkas, Rita/Haras (January 12, 1999) Outdoor Education and Environmental Responsibility.

White, Randy, Stoecklin, Vicki.Children's (March/April 1998) Outdoor Play & Learning Environments : Returning to Nature. Early Childhood News magazine.

Language academic

Brown, Pei-San et al. (April 2000) The devolopment benefits of playgrounds. Children's Institute for Learning and Development.

Norquist, Tom. The importance of play 10/18/2005 IPEMA.

Rivkin, Mary (1995) Natural Learning : Guide your child’s curiosity outdoors and open up a love of science.

Obesity/physical development

Active Play experiences help young children develop physical literacy (2014 in Active For Life)

Gabriel,Danielle Douglas. Fighting childhood obesity, one playground at a time (In August 12.2015 Washington Post)

Naud, Rachel (October 01 2008) In Calgary Herald
Canadian report sounds alarm on kids

Brown, Pei-San et al. Combating Childhood Obesity with Physical Play Opportunities. (In January 2014 In PTO Today )

Canada’s report card on physical activity for children and youth- 2015 :  The biggest risk is keeping kids outdoors.Active Healthy kids.


Fjørtoft, I. (2004) Landscape as playscape : learning effects from playing in a natural environment on motor development in children - Norway, Telemark University College

Physical Literacy - Active For Life 

Kay, Brady L (July 5, 2006) Our big problem.-Today’s Playground

Amy, Shannon (May 30, 2006) Childhood Obesity : An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.- Today’s Playground.

Thornton, Candra D Sutterby, John A. (May 10, 2006) Developing Balancing Skills on the Playground.- Today’s Playground

Sutterby, John A. (April 6, 2006) Activity and Access.-Today’s Playground.

Lawson, Willow (Mar/Apr 2004) ADHD's outdoor cure. Finding relief in wide open spaces : Playing outdoors may curb the disorder. In Psychology today

Lappin, Edward (April 20, 2000) Outdoor education for behavior disordered Students. In Kidsource online

Parker-Hope,Tara (October 17, 2008) In Study: Nature walks help kids concentrate. In New York Times, Well blog

Kemp, Jane. Outdoor play –BBC-parenting, babies.

Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids

30 Classic Games for Simple Outdoor Play

Winter fun for your family : new way to have a blast this winter (January 2006) In Today’s

Walters, Clare. Outdoor play : one to two years. BBC- parenting

Walters, Clare Outdoor play : two to three years. BBC-parenting

Walters, Clare Outdoor play: three to four years : There are lots of fun things to do outside with preschool children. BBC parenting

Walters, Clare Outdoor play : four to seven years. BBC-parenting

Physical games. Primary school age children. BBC- parenting

Play Spirits Games

Playground fun.
This website provides different games for kids to play outside.

Kryczka, Cathie (Spring 2002) Toddler Treasure Hunt : find the first signs of spring

Pica, Rae (2006) What Makes a Game Great for Children?

Play and learn activities. Moving & Learning

Outside in nature- National Wildlife Federation

Season - All– NWF Green Hour

Outdoors : The Ultimate Playground (2002) Toronto City Public Health.

Beckman, Sandra (2003) Outdoor Play in Winter : Wonderland or Nightmare?
Canadian Child Care Federation

Outdoor daycare preschools

Denyer, Lucy Outdoor Preschools Gain Notice in UK.In Sunday Times (April 26,2009)

Cedarsong Nature School (US )

Coleman, Lee. Waldorf School plans ‘forest kindergarten In the, March 28, 2009)

Esterl, Mike German Tots Learn to Answer Call of Nature. In The Wall Street Journal(April 14, 2008)

Kaarby, Karen Marie Eid.(?) Children playing in the Nature P 121- 128

Kids to face, embrace elements all day long at outdoor preschool.(October 2, 2008 ) CBC News Thursday,

Lichtenstein, Tehilla(October 13, 2003) Outdoor play in Jordan and Norway. In Exchange Every Day.

Little Earth Montessor, New Zealand

Naturskolan in Lund(Nature school in Sweden)

Nature Preschools in Us

Kaarby, Karen Marie Eid.(?) Children playing in the Nature P 121- 128

Outdoor Pre-Schools in Norway I'm the Teacher,get me outside here! (video)

Reynolds, Cynthia ( Jan 22,2007 )
Everybody in the vegetable patch: no desks, no pencils; welcome to the U.Ks first preschool.In Mackleans

Playgrounds and design

Adventure playground : a children’s world in the city
Information about adventure playgrounds.

Clarke, Alison(2005)Time to listen : young children’s perspectives on design . In Children in Europe p 28-29

Design for play

Hart, Roger Containing children : some lessons on planning for play from New York City.Environment & Urbanization Vol 14 No 2 October 2002.


Greenman, Jim. Places for Childhood in the 21st Century a Conceptual Framework. In May 2005 Journal of the National Association for the education of young children.

Natural playground

Raver, Anne (October 7, 1999) Tutored by the Great Outdoors at a Southern Pines Playground. In New York Times.

Skudeneshavn outdoor play in Karmøy,Norway.

Playground design  blogs


Playground Chronicles


Useful Websites

Active Healthy Kids Canada

The American Association for the child’s Right to play

Child & Nature Aliance

Children and Nature Network

Creative Learning


The Free Play Network in UK aims to promote greater public understanding of the need for better play opportunities for children, by promoting discussion, exchange of information, and guidance on best practice in development of children's play opportunities . Nature Deficit Disorder
The Critical Role of Environmental Education for your Child’s Future


Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS)

National Institute For Play

National Wildlife Federation
NWF inspires Americans to protect wildlife for children's future.

Let’s Go Outside Revolution

Let's Go Outside

NWF- Green Hour
To give parents and caregivers the information, tools, and inspiration to get their kids -- and themselves -- outside,


London Play
London Play was established in 1998 to promote play in London. The website offer information about play for children, and they also have a list of supervised playgrounds.

IPA, International Play Association
Promoting the Childs right to play

Taking learning outdoors

UNICEF-Child friendly Cities
The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched in 1996 to act on the resolution passed during the second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) to make cities livable places for all; in UNICEF terms, for "children first." The Conference declared that the well-being of children is the ultimate indicator of a healthy habitat, a democratic society and of good governance.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child challenges cities to reflect on themselves, of the services, amenities and quality of life they provide, in a new way. Approaches and participatory urban management that promotes the realization of the rights of the youngest citizens.


Backyard Mama

Caro and Co

Carol Torgan


Family Adventures in The Canadian Rockies

Fun neighbourhoods

Free -Range kids

Games we play

Go Explore Nature

Grass Stain Guru

Green at Birth

Hooked on nature

I'm a teacher, take me outside here!

Kids Discover Nature


Learning for Life

Let the children play


Nature for Kids

Our Wild Corner

Outdoor Afro


Play Parks Central

Peaceful Playgrounds

Play Activities


Playoutdoors Campfire

Playworks blog

Play Spirits

Slow Family online



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