Research

Check out some of the research on the benefits of unstructured outdoor play. We'll continue to add new articles so it's worth coming back to this page from time to time!

Kids in the city data summary for Auckland Council

12 May 2014

A study of 253 Auckland children aged nine to 12 years found children generally had quite restricted independent mobility and limited interaction with their neighbourhood environments outside of home and school and found them more involved in sedentary pasti…

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7Cs 'an informational guide to young children's outdoor play spaces'

29 Apr 2016

This informational guide is a fantastic resource for any parents, care centres or community groups looking to create a nature play space for their children.  Full of simple and straightforward advice this document can be used as a guide to assist with design of play spaces to ensure children ga…

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Natural Play Spaces Make Kids More Active and Less Depressed!

26 Apr 2016

A study completed in 2014 by UBC observed children playing in their care centre play space before and after the space was upgraded with nature play elements. Before the intervention children were seen to be displaying depressive behaviours and where dependent on teachers interactio…

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Neighborhood Greenspace and Health in a Large Urban Center

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: Studies have shown that natural environments can enhance health and here we build upon that work by examining the associations between comprehensive greenspace metrics and health. We focused on a large urban population center (Toronto, Canada) and related the two dom…

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The Influence of Neighbourhood Green Space on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Time: Findings from the longitudinal Study of Australian Children

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: Objective - It is often hypothesised that neighbourhood green space may help prevent well-known declines in physical activity and increases in sedentary behaviour that occur across childhood. As most studies in this regard are cross-sectional, the purpose of our stud…

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The Influence of Neighbourhood Green Space on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Time: Findings from the longitudinal Study of Australian Children

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: Objective - It is often hypothesised that neighbourhood green space may help prevent well-known declines in physical activity and increases in sedentary behaviour that occur across childhood. As most studies in this regard are cross-sectional, the purpose of our stud…

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Every Experience Matters

19 Feb 2016

Kids have been free to wander about, explore and discover the world around them for more generations than I can count. This has changed all of a sudden; now too many kids spend less time outside than free range chickens and our high security prisoners. ‘Boycott Homework Day’ - "…

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Developing Conducive Sustainable Outdoor Learning: The Impact of Natural environment on Learning, Social and Emotional Intelligence

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: This study propose that outdoor learning engaging with nature environment provide opportunities to improve academic achievement and social emotional intelligence for students; so, the features of landscape have influence to develop acquiring awareness in natural envi…

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Landscape And Children’s Health: Old Natures and New Challenges for the Preventorium

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: Preventoria were established in the early part of the twentieth century at fresh air sites away from cities for the purposes of rest cures for children, usually for those who were at risk of contracting tuberculosis. This paper discusses preventoria in relation to th…

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Linking Landscape and Health: The Recurring Theme

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: This paper traces evidence of the influence of the landscape on people's health, from ancient times to the present day, noting how access to nature and attractive green spaces has been a recurring theme in descriptions of therapeutic environments and associated h…

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