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.

The Dirt on Dirt Report - How Getting Dirty Outdoors Benefits Kids reveals how getting down and dirty in the great outdoors helps children lead healthier and happier lives.

Click here to view The Dirt on Dirt Report.



Unstructured, Child-led Play:

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

Outdoor Play:


Do you remember building a fort or climbing a tree when you were a child?  These experiences help children learn & develop risk-management skills.

Playing outside offers unique learning opportunties 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.


More on Play:

Play Learn Think

Unstructured Play Infographics- CPHA

Power off and Play Video


Physical Literacy: