What is Outdoor Play?
Mission & Context
SaskOutdoor in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan support the Outdoor Play Working Group. The purpose of the Outdoor Play Working Group is to identify and lead action toward identified goals that impact outdoor play in Saskatchewan. A group of volunteers including reps from SaskOutdoors, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and volunteers work to increase outdoor play in Saskatchewan.
Voluntary engagement in activity that is fun and/or rewarding and usually driven by intrinsic motivation.
Play that involves physical activity of any intensity.
Play that is unstructured and self-directed
Play that takes place in a natural environment and/or involves interaction with natural elements and features.
A form of play that is thrilling and exciting, which involves uncertainty, unpredictability, and varying degrees of risk-taking. Risky play can look really different for different children, depending on children’s capabilities and comfort levels.
Play that takes place outdoors, where the outdoors is defined as any open-air, wild, natural, or human-made space. Outdoor recreation is a specific form of outdoor play.