Outdoor play is an essential part of healthy early childhood development. Find out more about the benefit of outdoor play and check out resources to support best practices as well as free workshops and webinars.
Child and Nature Alliance of Canada
The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada has a free Introduction to Risky Play Workshop which provides the research, tools and language you need to support risky play with confidence. Topics include Understanding Risky Play - What It Is and Why Does It Matter?, Quality Practices in Risky Play - The Tools, Quality Practices in Risky Play - The Strategies and more.
The Child & Nature Alliance of Canada has created Thrive Outside with resources for Educators, Early Childhood Educators, Caregivers, Recreation Workers and Parents.
A Teacher’s Guidebook for Bringing Learning Outside
Frequently asked questions about outdoor play
What to Wear for Teaching and Learning Outside
When You Want to Say “Be Careful” (how to approach it differently)
A Guide to Dynamically Assessing Risk (how to teach kids to assess their activities)
Recommendations for First Aid Kit, “Ouch Kit”, “Trauma Kit”, “Loose Parts Kit”
Working with Challenging Behaviours: Setting Up for Success
Supporting Children with Disabilities and Exceptionalities Outdoors
How to Pitch Learning and Playing in Schools
How to Set Up A Tarp
Starting from Play: Planning and Reflection Template
Canada's Non-Profit Outdoor Learning Store
Canada’s Non-Profit Outdoor Learning Store is a charitable social enterprise that offers outdoor learning equipment and resources for educators and learners while supporting Canadian outdoor learning non-profit organizations.
Top 10 Outdoor Learning Resources for the Early Years
Early Years Get Outside & Play Pack
The Sky Above and the Mud Below: Lessons from Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens
The Big Book of Nature Activities – A Year-Round Guide to Outdoor Learning
Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors
Provincial & Regional Laminated Nature Guides
Bugs & Slugs Laminated Guide
Butterflies & Pollinators Laminated Guide
Animal Tracks & Traces Laminated Guide
2-way Nature Viewer
Durable Field Magnifier
Canada's Non-Profit Outdoor Learning Store - Free Virtual Workshops
Canada’s Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store often offers free virtual workshops. In the fall of 2021 these workshops included Outdoor Learning in the Early Years with Christina Pickles, Q & A with Dr. Jane Goodall, Place Based Education with world-renowned expert David Sobel, Get Outside: Learning Outdoors in Winter and more.
If you missed the live session, you can view recordings of these free virtual workshops as well.
Sending Them Out to Play
Letting Them Walk to School
Inspiring Kids Who Love to Move
Balancing Screen Time
Nature of Things
Find out more about the scientific research about the power of play and its benefits for kids. What do the experts have to say? The beginning of the episode focuses on the benefits of play for animals and how this research affects children. The second half of the episode explores the scientific data about the benefits of play and healthy childhood development including the development of resilience, decision making and impulse control.