Natural play spaces are an increasingly popular choice for playground designers and communities.
Talk to a certified inspector or landscape architect to ensure your ideas comply with the CSA standard and meet relevant provincial guidelines, such as those established for schools and child care facilities.
Read other resources to learn more about natural play ideas for communities, families and child care centres.
Outside Play in an online tool that helps parents gain confidence in allowing their children to take risks and engage in more outdoor play.
Encourage the use of local parks, paths and trails by creating activity kits that families can borrow from a community centre, library, school or child care facility.
Outdoor play kits can include index cards with simple and fun activities and games for families to do together. They can provide basic outdoor equipment such as soft balls of varying sizes, skipping ropes, small plastic pylons and Frisbees for children to play with.
Nature kits can include nature checklists, scavenger hunts, or I Spy Nature ideas, and provide a bag or basket with a plastic bucket and shovels, nets, bug containers and a plastic magnifying glass.