Play England is reconnecting children with nature through play!
Since 2010, our Nature Play team has been busy working on three adventure playgrounds in London, North Tyneside and Torbay, as well as with schools and environmental organisations, to explore different ways of increasing children's understanding of nature through play.
To help share what works with the rest of the country, we have published a series of nature play activity 'recipes'. Whether you're a parent, carer, playworker or teacher, you will be able to use these cards to explore nature and help children experience the benefits of connecting with the natural environment through play.
Putting nature play on the map!
In a poll of 2,000 families, 1 in 7 parents didn't know where their nearest green space was. We have created an interactive play map of great places for children to play and engage with nature across England. Families can search for and add places to play near where they live, and once they've been there they can rate them and upload comments and images.
What is nature play?
Nature play is children exploring and enjoying the natural environment through their freely-chosen play. As well as simply enjoying playing outdoors and discovering green spaces near their homes, nature play could include planting and growing vegetables, fruit and flowers; cooking outdoors; playing with the elements or making camps and dens with natural materials.
Funded by Natural England
Play England has been awarded £500,000 for the Exploring Nature Play project, which is helping children to explore and become more aware of nature around them and the opportunities for play and enjoyment that it provides. The grant is from Natural England's Access to Nature programme - part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces initiative. The project has also been supported by the Social Action Fund, corporate sponsorship and a wealth of local volunteering and help in kind.
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