Outdoor Play for Children



William Crain, Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society, Henry Holt Owl Books, 2003.
Tim Gill, No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2007.
Elizabeth Goodenough, editor, Where Do the Children Play?, a study guide to the documentary by the same name. Alliance for Childhood, distributed by University of Michigan Press, 2010.
Elizabeth Goodenough, editor, A Place for Play, a companion volume to the documentary “Where Do the Children Play?” National Institute for Play, distributed by University of Michigan Press, 2008.
Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Algonquin Press, 2005.
David Sobel, Children's Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood, Wayne State University Press, 2001.
Van Noy, Rick, A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature Through the Seasons, University of Georgia Press, 2008.
Ward, Jennifer, I Love Dirt! 52 Activities To Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature, Shambhala Publications, 2008.


“Where Do the Children Play?”– A 57 minute documentary prepared by Michigan Television.  DVDs are available for purchase for $19.95 from University of Michigan Press.
Wetlands & Wonder: Reconnecting Children with Nearby Nature- A 12 minute video produced by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.


Playborhood, advocating for neighborhood play
Wild Zones, natural play areas

 Government Projects

Bureau of Land Management, “Take It Outside”  
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “Let’s Go Outside" 
U.S. Forest Service: “More Kids in the Woods”

 Special Events

Parks, schools, museums and other organizations planning outdoor events for children can gain momentum and media coverage by linking up with national events.
KaBOOM! Play Days, late September
Take a Child Outside Week: September 24- 30 annually
National Wildlife Week, March 13 – 20, 2011
Earth Day, April 22 annually
Arbor Day, last Friday in April