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The Importance of Outdoor Play

The benefits of investing in natural outdoor play are vast. Significant evidence (referred to as the “countryside effect”) shows that children ‘exposed’ to nature have higher concentration, self-discipline, improved awareness and better reasoning and observations skills.




Children are spending less and less time outside connecting with nature and risk growing up to become adults with little understanding of the importance of the natural environment.


Nature Deficit Disorder is a modern phenomenon that describes the cost to humans of not spending enough time outside in nature, including:

• Physical health problems like obesity

• Mental health problems including emotional illnesses and attention difficulties

• Children’s inability to assess risks to themselves and others


"There’s no substitute for the 'Great Outdoors' – but by providing the children in your care with an outdoor play environment that replicates experiences from nature, rather than an ‘artificial play’ environment you are helping reverse the effects of Nature Deficit Disorder".

The benefits of investing in natural outdoor play are vast. Significant evidence (referred to as the “countryside effect” shows that children ‘exposed’ to nature have higher concentration, self-discipline, improved awareness and better reasoning and observations skills. They perform better in reading, writing, maths and science, are better at working in teams and show improved behaviour.


At E.den Play work with schools, nurseries, local authorities and the leisure and hospitality industry to create fun natural play environments which promote:


We work with our clients to build the case for investing in natural outdoor play environments and even provide schools with a slide deck to present to decision makers and funders setting out the benefits of doing so.



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