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Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS), in collaboration with the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage – Communities, Sport, and Recreation Division, has produced an online and printed booklet on Outdoor Play for parents and caregivers. The booklet, Why Outdoor Play Matters: A practical guide for parents and caregivers includes things like: what to say instead of...

Outdoor Play Canada is proud to support Take Me Outside’s Outdoor Learning Resource Hub, a living document and comprehensive guide that highlights outdoor learning organizations throughout the country. Regardless of your experience or expertise in outdoor learning, you can explore this directory to learn more about what each of these featured organizations are up to, and...

Families Canada is the national association of Family Support Centres focused on delivering education, training, and tools for their network of organizations to help build stronger families and communities. Families Canada's series called "Why Play?" includes a number of expert-approved resources (e.g., activity cards, books, pamphlets) on the latest best practices and science related to children's...

It’s better when we play together!  From The Steadward Centre and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, The Inclusive Play Leadership Resource is an online resource that helps leaders in children’s physical activity and recreation create and lead inclusive play experiences for kids of all abilities! Learn how to support games and playground play that are engaging...

From The Steadward Centre, The Playground Guide for Inclusive Play is designed to support facilitated playground play with and for children who experience disabilities. These play ideas and suggested games aim to provide the foundation for play program plans. These games and activities were originally developed on the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Inclusive Playgrounds but include...

The Outdoor Practitioner is a free online magazine created by Muddy Faces, a UK-based organization that aims to support everyone in benefiting from being outside and connecting to nature. The Outdoor Practitioner magazine aims to support practitioners with their work and play outside, whether they are just starting their outdoor teaching and learning journey, or...

The Nature Connection Handbook, by Finding Nature's Dr. Miles Richardson and Dr. Carly W Butler, offers guidance and support to those seeking to promote connections with nature. This beautifully illustrated online resource highlights the importance of fostering nature connections, offers five simple pathways to start building nature connection, outlines the evidence-based pathways to nature connection...

The Alberta Recreation & Parks Association has a series of tools to support municipalities in creating Play Declarations; formal, signed commitments for communities/municipalities to share a vision for play. Resources include 'how-to' guides, video presentations and executive summaries for use with decision-makers, and webinar presentations for practitioners (featuring a quote from OPC Chair Dr. Mark...

PHE Canada has developed a robust resource of physical education activities to support children and youth in getting active both at home and in school. The activities are focused on promoting physical competencies surrounding the themes of 'move', 'think', 'feel', and 'act'. Activities are categorized according to grade level (K-3, 4-6, 7-12) and are downloadable...

Written by Tim Gill and published & copyrighted by Play Wales, the Weighing up risks and benefits in children's play info sheet outlines why risk is important in children's play, the importance of finding a balance between protecting against injury and promoting beneficial play opportunities, and guidance on how to do so. Read the full info...