Resource Round Up: Naturalizing Your Play Space

19th October, 2011 - Posted by - 1 Comment

Shoes. Again.

In honor of  Take it Outside Week we’re doing a resource round up to help Head Start programs, preschools and childcare programs naturalize their play spaces. Whether your program is in an urban, suburban or rural area you can create a thriving play environment that incorporates many natural features.

Why naturalize your play space? That’s a good question! One of the best reasons is that health benefits and opportunities for academic and social development are associated with well designed outdoor play spaces which promote play and interaction with natural elements. Plus, young children are naturally (ha — get it!) attracted to these greener settings

Here are some great resources to get you started.

Helpful books: 

Helpful websites:

HSBS Tip Sheets: 

How about a little inspiration? Check out this video of some of our HSBS grantees in action.


Good luck and let us know how it’s going! We would love to see pictures of  your play space.

Take it outside! ~ Bethe


Blogger Bio: Bethe Almeras, MS, is the HSBS Education & Outreach Director. A long time educator and play advocate, she is passionate about outdoor play and connecting children with nature. In her free time Bethe writes a blog, The Grass Stain Guru, and can often be found playing outside. She is particularly fond of squirrels. And turtles. And sandpipers. And…

Creative Commons License photo credit: gdpaule

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1 Comment


December 5th, 2011 at 3:58 pm    

Great books – these really do inspire with their photos as well as text.

I’d like to flag up Learning through Landscapes – the UK school grounds charity. Even without having membership there are loads of advice sheets to freely download

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