Nature Play at Home

Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World

By Nancy Striniste

“A magnificent resource for transforming backyards into stimulating environments which enhance children’s creativity, learning, and fun.” —Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the WoodsThe Nature Principle, and Vitamin N

Access to technology has created a generation of children who are more plugged in than ever before—often with negative consequences. But there is a solution. Unrestricted outdoor play helps reduce stress, improve health, and enhance creativity, learning, and attention span. In Nature Play at Home, Nancy Striniste gives you the tools you need to make outdoor adventures possible in your own backyard. With hundreds of inspiring ideas and illustrated, step-by-step projects, this hardworking book details how to create playspaces that use natural materials—like logs, boulders, sand, water, and plants of all kinds. Projects include hillside slides, seating circles, sand pits, and more.

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“With Striniste’s guidance, natural playscapes can awaken the senses, challenge bodies, inspire imagination, build confidence, and create comfort for all ages. Nature Play at Home is sure to Inspire readers to take action in their backyards and encourage creative play in nature for years to come.” Booklist

“A magnificent resource for transforming backyards into stimulating environments which enhance children’s creativity, learning, and fun.” —Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N

“A remarkable treasure trove of ideas, with close-ups of nature play elements that real children want to play on. What a gift to children, parents, and designers.” —David Sobel, author of Place-Based Education, Childhood and Nature, Beyond Ecophobia, and Wild Play

“Hard to put down. Expert guidance laced with luscious images of beautiful natural places for children, plus explanations of why and how we should be building them.” —Ginny Sullivan, coauthor of Lens on Outdoor Learning 

“This makes creating nature play spaces accessible to anyone.  It offers ways to tease the senses and nurture the soul, and open the mind to endless possibilities.” —Margo Sipes, Executive Director of Downtown Baltimore Child Care

“Innovative ideas and step-by-step illustrated projects … A wonderful book for families and caregivers.” —Redlands Daily Facts

“Reading this book just might send you out to the natural spaces that nourish us, reinvigorate us, soothe us, and open worlds to us.” ­Washington Gardener
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Number of pages
288
Publication date
April 02, 2019
ISBN
9781604698961