Published on March 11, 2013
Green play spaces can make a huge difference for our younger students—especially at a time when paying attention to their developmental needs is most crucial.
Green school grounds and play spaces also provide teachers with a wide array of options for expanding outdoor learning opportunities, ensuring that children are not only staying active and engaged with nature, they are also learning many lessons in the process.
Evergreen, in partnership with the TDSB, has just released Landscape and Child Development: A Design Guide for Early Years–Kindergarten Play-Learning Environments (PDF, 15.3 MB), a new resource that helps educators create engaging outdoor play spaces for our youngest students. Featuring colourful design and an abundance of photographs, the book covers best practices for many audiences—including principals, teachers, designers and construction staff.
Visit our School Ground Greening Resource pages for more guides and lesson plans to help you take advantage of your school's outdoor spaces.