Nature Play at Home

Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World

Nature Play at Home

By:  Nancy Striniste

Product ID:  689825
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8.0 X 9.0 in
288 pg

HOUSE & HOME / Outdoor & Recreational Areas
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General

“With Striniste’s guidance, natural playscapes can awaken the senses, challenge bodies, inspire imagination, build confidence, and create comfort for all ages. Nature Play at Home is sure to Inspire readers to take action in their backyards and encourage creative play in nature for years to come.” Booklist

“A magnificent resource for transforming backyards into stimulating environments which enhance children’s creativity, learning, and fun.” —Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N

“A remarkable treasure trove of ideas, with close-ups of nature play elements that real children want to play on. What a gift to children, parents, and designers.” —David Sobel, author of Place-Based Education, Childhood and Nature, Beyond Ecophobia, and Wild Play

“Hard to put down. Expert guidance laced with luscious images of beautiful natural places for children, plus explanations of why and how we should be building them.” —Ginny Sullivan, coauthor of Lens on Outdoor Learning 

“This makes creating nature play spaces accessible to anyone.  It offers ways to tease the senses and nurture the soul, and open the mind to endless possibilities.” —Margo Sipes, Executive Director of Downtown Baltimore Child Care

“Innovative ideas and step-by-step illustrated projects … A wonderful book for families and caregivers.” —Redlands Daily Facts

“Reading this book just might send you out to the natural spaces that nourish us, reinvigorate us, soothe us, and open worlds to us.” ­Washington Gardener

“Jam-packed with ideas… that will attract the curiosity of children and engage their imagination.” —Landscape Architecture Magazine

Nature Play at Home is a hardworking and inspiring guide filled with ideas for incorporating natural materials and play structures into your yard to get your kids outside exploring and learning.

Nancy Striniste is the founder and principal designer at EarlySpace, LLC. She has a background as both a landscape designer and an early childhood educator.  She teaches at Antioch New England University in their Nature-based Early Childhood graduate certificate program and serves on the leadership team of NoVA Outside. Read more about Nancy and her work at