Did you know that playing in the dirt can actually be good for you? 

The things that children want to do outside, like building mud castles, splashing in puddles and rolling down hills may be the key to health and happiness.



Unstructured, Child-led Play:

 A philosophy that encourages children to explore their interests and ideas without an imposed outcome.

Outdoor Play:

Playing outside offers unique learning opportunities and benefits:

  • Physical well-being- outdoor play encourages your whole body to move. 
  • Emotional benefits- self-confidence, ability to assess risk.
  • Social benefits- when children play together they learn how to cooperate, negotiate and problem solve.
  • Develop risk-management skills.


More on Play:

Play Learn Think

Unstructured Play Infographics- CPHA

Power off and Play Video

Physical Literacy: