Take Action!

Outdoor play fosters agency, resilience and a sense of connection to the environment.
So celebrate environmental days with outdoor play.

EcoKids wants to inspire teachers, parents and kids to build a better culture of play in schools and communities. At school you can start to maximize the time and benefits of play at recess, enhance playgrounds and improve quality of life and learning for students. Action items can be used by parents or caregivers at home to make a difference for kids in their communities.

Take Actions are a set of activities designed to encourage kids to get outside, enjoy nature and discover play. While OPAL is a comprehensive mentorship program that will take your school through the steps towards the complete enhancement of play, these are some simple ways to get you thinking about improving play time at school or in your neighbourhood. They also celebrate environmental days throughout the year. Click on each action for more information.

September 26, 2018
National Tree Day
October 15 to 21, 2018
Waste Reduction Week
October 24, 2018
Take Me Outside Day
February 6, 2019
Winter Walk Day
April 22, 2019
Earth Day
May 2019
International School Grounds Month
May 23, 2019
Outdoor Classroom Day
June 29, 2019
International Mud Day

If you are interested in more ideas, visit the EcoKids Take Actions archive.

Take Actions are a set of activities designed to encourage kids to get outside, enjoy nature and discover play. While OPAL is a comprehensive mentorship program that will take your school through the steps towards the complete enhancement of play, these are some simple ways to get you thinking about improving play time at school or in your neighbourhood. They also celebrate environmental days throughout the year.

September 26, 2018 – National Tree Day

Connect to a tree: sit, hug, climb, swing!

Encourage kids to look at trees differently. Think about trees and all the possibilities for play. Instructions for making a tree swing.

Save for PLAY

October 15 to 21, 2018 – Waste Reduction Week

Save for PLAY!

Waste reduction that leads to play. A light introduction to loose parts, and clothing and gear collecting for PLAY!

October 24, 2018 – Take Me Outside Day

Extend Recess and Take Me Outside!

Get kids to think about play possibilities with loose parts and recycled items. Their ticket to extended recess is one loose part. Kids get to think about what they want to play with.

February 6, 2019 – Winter Walk Day

Winter Outdoor Play Assembly

Two-part action: Have an assembly and fashion show celebrating winter gear and then a procession outside to play!

April 22, 2019 – Earth Day

Coming Soon!

Stay tuned! Earth Day 2019 details to come.

Rediscover your school's playground

May 2019 – International School Grounds Month

Rediscover Your School Grounds

Kids get involved in their play and school grounds. Shake things up and play in an area not usually used but that has great play potential!

May 23, 2019 – Outdoor Classroom Day

Half Day Play Day – Explore STEAM!

Encouraging kids to start more deep play, spending a half day outside. Start the use of parts for building. Leads to classroom follow-up.

Have a Mud Day

June 29, 2019 – International Mud Day

Have a Mud Play Day!

On the last day of school, take loose parts outside and enjoy mud play. Mud kitchen, lotions, potions and recipes or recreate watersheds, rivers and bridges!

If you are interested in more ideas, visit the EcoKids Take Actions archive.