Nature Play at Home (Paperback)

Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World

By Nancy Striniste

Timber Press, 9781604698251, 288pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

List Price: 24.95*
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Description

“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. Unrestricted outdoor play reduces stress, improves health, and enhances 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 yard, school, and neighborhood. With hundreds of inspiring ideas and 12 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.


About the Author

Nancy Striniste is the founder and principal designer at EarlySpace, LLC. She has a background as both a landscape designer and an early childhood educator.  She teaches at Antioch New England University in their Nature-based Early Childhood graduate certificate program and serves on the leadership team of NoVA Outside. Read more about Nancy and her work at www.earlyspace.com.


Praise For Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World

“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