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Jane Norman College has early childhood education students design inclusive indoor and outdoor environments that encourage children to explore, problem solve, create, construct, relax and become socially competent. The goal is to have children attending childcare have great places to grow and learn.   Learn more about Jane Norman College programs here....

WILD CHILD is an free outdoor play program for families run by childREACH in London, ON. The program is run three times per week all year round (no matter the weather) and is held in local wooded areas to support play in natural settings. childREACH recently developed a new component of their program called WILD...

Chester Recreation and Parks and Schools Plus's Open Air Society aims to provide an opportunity for high-school aged youth to learn and play in the natural world through lightly structured, outdoor education and recreation. The intent of the program is to get students active, outdoors, having fun and to foster an appreciation of nature through...

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is renting Play Pack Kits to provide accessible materials to encourage healthy families and facilitate active play. These kits are filled with books and play equipment and are available to borrow for free with a library card from libraries in Antigonish, New Glasgow, Pictou, River John, Stellarton, Trenton and Westville.   This program...

The Municipality of the County of Richmond Recreation Department has provided residents with Outdoor Play Bins. These bins provide opportunities for spontaneous unstructured play for all ages around the county.   Check out their Facebook page for updates....

Kentville wants to become Canada's most playful community; one that takes play - and all of its benefits - very seriously. Kentville Plays aims to increase play in their community through events, programs and projects. Currently Kentville is providing residents with three community playboxes in Memorial Park, Oakdene Park, and Burgher Hill. These playboxes are filled...

The Southend Public Garden Society in Sydney, Nova Scotia has placed Busy Bee Boxes in the Southend Garden which provide access to a variety of recreation and play items like balls, skipping ropes, frisbees, snow moulds, spike ball, chalk, and washer toss. These items are stored in large outdoor, anchored boxes that are accessible to...

Hike Nova Scotia provides backpacks for loan that are full of props and tools to help adults run fun nature activities and promote a connection to nature for kids ranging in age from 5-12 years. The kits include a manual for how to run various activities with adaptations for the younger years.   Kits are available for...

Cape Breton Regional Library's Nature Backpacks program is designed to inspire people to experience nature through hands-on exploration. Each backpack has a theme and contains equipment, guides and gadgets to help develop new outdoor skills. The themes include birdwatching, at the beach, in the forest, insects, and more. Kits can be rented for free with...

EverActive Schools, a national charity that aims to create and support healthy school communities, put together the 'Exploring Loose Parts Play at Home' resource to support kids in getting outdoors and into play during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource describes what loose parts play is, key concepts, and common items that make excellent loose parts...