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 offer a gradual set of activities for kids to get outside, enjoy nature and discover play. While the OPAL program is a comprehensive mentorship that will take your school through the steps to 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 27, 2017
National Tree Day
October 16 to 22, 2017
Waste Reduction Week
October 25, 2017
Take Me Outside Day
February 7, 2018
Winter Walk Day
April 22, 2018
Earth Day
May 2018
International School Grounds Month
May 17, 2018
Outdoor Classroom Day / Get Outside Day
June 29, 2018
International Mud Day

If your school is interested in Earth Day Canada’s OPAL Program (TDSB), please sign up here.
We are working on an OPAL Training toolkit for schools Canada-wide, if you are interested please sign up here.

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

Take Actions offer a gradual set of activities for kids to get outside, enjoy nature and discover play. While the OPAL program is a comprehensive mentorship that will take your school through the steps to 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 27, 2017 – National Tree Day

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

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

Save for PLAY

October 16 to 22, 2017 – Waste Reduction Week

Save for Play!

Waste reduction that leads to play. A light intro to loose parts, and clothing and gear collecting for recycling but also PLAY!

October 25, 2017 – 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 7, 2018 – 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, 2018 – Earth Day

EarthPLAY for Earth Day

Kids can celebrate and play with their loose parts. See real adventure play in action for Earth Day. (New toolkit coming soon)

Rediscover your school's playground

May 2018 – 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 17, 2018 – Outdoor Classroom Day / Get Outside 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, 2018 – 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 your school is interested in Earth Day Canada’s OPAL Program (TDSB), please sign up here.
We are working on an OPAL Training toolkit for schools Canada-wide, if you are interested please sign up here.

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