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on the beach
Twilight over waves
Meat Cove
Winter Lodge
Rural Landscape
Ocean Sunset
Mountain Road
Playing Golf
Lake and Hills
Early Morning Boating

Playing outside is one of the best ways for children to be healthy their whole lives. Yet, for many reasons, adults sometimes find it hard to get children outside or need more confidence in their abilities to get the most out of playtime.

Because outdoor play is so wonderful, Recreation Nova Scotia has produced a new resource for parents, caregivers, and staff who deliver children's programming. This booklet is entitled: Why Outdoor Play Matters: A practical guide for Parents and Caregivers. The content includes topics like what to say instead of "be careful," the adult role in outdoor play, nine common play patterns, how to dress children for different seasons, the joy of mud kitchens, and much more! We hope this booklet provides valuable tips on how to get started and support more outdoor play in all seasons.

RNS is also working with partners in education and early childhood development agencies to get a copy of this book into the hands of each household/family/caregiver in the province.

Parents and caregivers can use the information and ideas in this booklet throughout childhood from ages 0-12.
Get your copy today and explore the ideas and new ways to play, enjoy playing yourself, and celebrate your successes as a play leader!

*This resource is currently unavailable in French, but we intend to have it translated.

  pdf Download your digital copy here! (8.76 MB)

Order Printed copies

Recreation Nova Scotia members can request FREE copies. Please email your name, organization, and mailing address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Member organizations may request up to 10 copies.
Individuals may request up to two copies.
Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.