Nature Play at Home
Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World
by Nancy Striniste, illustrations by Jennifer Ren
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 caregivers the tools they need to make outdoor adventures possible in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods. With hundreds of inspiring ideas and 12 illustrated, step-by-step projects, this hardworking book details how to create
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What experts are saying about Nature Play at Home:
Nature Play at Home is a magnificent resource for transforming backyards into stimulating environments which enhance children’s creativity, learning, and fun.
Richard Louv, founder of the Children and Nature Network and author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from
Nature Deficit Disorder
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Building tree houses, climbing trees, and playing ball in backyards are many adults’ favorite childhood memories, but structured and supervised may better describe kids at present, with more time spent in front of screens and less time outdoors. Landscape designer and early childhood educator Striniste offers up some good news, however, producing this resource after receiving inquiries from families, schools, early childhood programs, and municipalities looking for places for their children to play in nature. Striniste advocates activities in parks, schoolyards, common spaces in communities, and backyards. Everyday materials such as pizza boxes, duct tape, and PAM cooking spray are used for some of the projects, with others requiring more expensive items. Enjoying gardens that engage the five senses, creating yard fixtures to attract wildlife, and making a butterfly-friendly area are but a few of the ideas included in this eye-catching volume.
VERDICT Colorful and filled with great solutions for connecting kids to the natural world; highly recommended.
Nature Play at Home is a remarkable treasure trove of ideas. I wish I’d had this book as a parent and I’m thrilled I’ll have it available as a grandparent. The book is lavishly illustrated with
David Sobel, Senior Faculty, Education Department, Antioch University New England and author of Wild Play, Beyond Ecophobia, Place-based Education and more.
Nancy Striniste is the rare teacher able to the connect children and families with the beauty, challenge
Co-author, Lens on Outdoor Learning (2011) Redleaf Press
Wow! Finally, a book that is readable, as well as full of earth-friendly and affordable ideas. This makes creating nature play spaces accessible to anyone. It offers ways to tease the senses and nurture the