This topical guide on everyday fun outdoors will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.

Books

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15 minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect With Your Kids
Rebecca Cohen
Sourcebooks, 2011
A month-by-month collection of 365 easy and enjoyable ways to connect as a family and explore life outdoors.
GV 182.8 .C64 2011 662405253

Balanced and barefoot : how unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children
This book explains why unrestrained movement and outdoor play are vital for children’s cognitive development, and offers fun, engaging activities to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.
HQ 782 .H346 2016 914290390

Come and Play: Sensory-Integration Strategies for Children With Play Challenges
Aerial Cross
Redleaf Press, 2010.
This book explores common play challenges and intervention techniques to use when you observe children struggling to play. Focusing on large motor and outdoor play activities, this book also includes background information and sensory-integration play tips from an experienced occupational therapist.
LB 1139.5 .P55C76 2010 456178867

Hey Kids! Out the Door, Let’s Explore
Rhoda Redleaf
Redleaf Press, 2010.
Whether there are pastures or skyscrapers outside your door, the world around you is rich with learning opportunities. Walking trips are a terrific—and inexpensive—way for children to explore and experience the community.
GV 199.5 .R44 2010 261175963

I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature
Jennifer Ward
Roost Books, 2008
Presents open-ended activities to help you engage your child in the outdoors. No matter what your location, from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country.
GV 191.63 .W36 2008 154705247

The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live
Kathy H. Lee and Lesli Richards
Gryphon House, 2013
This book is filled with ideas for children of all ages finding fun learning opportunities in everyday occurrences, from using laundry to teach sorting to exploring growth cycles in the garden.
LC 40 .L44 2013 826016021

Videos

Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.


Any Place, Any Time, Anywhere! Everyday Learning in Community Activities
24-minute DVD
Winterberry Press, 2009
This video offers parents, caregivers and professionals an eye-opening look at the extraordinary world of children’s learning that occurs every day as part of community life.
LB 1060 .A637 2009 53058213

Babies Outdoors: Play, Learning and Development
53-minute DVD
Siren Films, 2010
The outdoors is as valuable for babies as it is for older children, and this film shows how the close adult can bring the outside world alive for them.
HQ 774.5 .B117 2010 779490511

Signing Time: The Great Outdoors
30-minute DVD
Two Little Hands, 2006
A multisensory program that introduces children to a “hands on” second language. This video teaches signs about things found in nature: woodland animals, bugs, and more.
HV 2476 .S578t 2006 62386400

Toddlers Outdoors: Play, Learning and Development
65-minute DVD
Siren Films, 2010
The outdoors is as valuable for babies as it is for older children, and this film shows how the close adult can bring the outside world alive for them.
HQ 774.5 .T5669 2010 858053677

Organizations

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Articles

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Young Children, 69(5), 28-34
Quality Outdoor Play Spaces for Young Children
Karin Spencer and Paul Wright. (2014)
Young Children, November 2014. NAEYC. This article is available for free on NAEYC’s website and offers an evidence-based approach to planning your outdoor play space for caregivers.

Young Children, 71(1), 94-96
Rocking and Rolling. Sharing the Wonder: Science with Infants and Toddlers
Emily Adams and Rebecca Parlakian. (2016)
Infants and toddlers are natural scientists. This article explain scientific inquiry, which allows children to develop a range of skills across all domains of development.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.


Encouraging Development in Everyday Spaces (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Natural Environments: Where All Children Belong (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Parenting Can Be Child’s Play (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

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