Consume Less, Play More

for Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018 Campaign

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Consume Less, Play More.
EarthPLAY for Earth Day at School

EarthPLAY is a program of Earth Day Canada that puts outdoor, unstructured play back into the lives of children at school, in parks and on neighbourhood streets. Outdoor, self-directed play is one of the best ways to connect children to their environment and community; to nurture their ingenuity, independence and sense of agency; and to support their mental and physical well-being. So for Earth Day 2018, we’re challenging Canadian schools to Consume Less, Play More by reclaiming recess and outdoor play!

Hold an extra or extended recess!

Demonstrate your school’s commitment to outdoor free play by holding an extended or extra recess. To support accessible and inclusive play, introduce loose parts; invite students to bring games, toys, and equipment to play with at recess; or research retro games to bring to the playground (skipping rope, four square, tug-of-war, jumpsies).

Host an Adventure Play Day!

Provide an opportunity for students to connect to their inner and outer nature through self-directed outdoor play by hosting an Adventure Play Day. Provide your students with a variety of natural and recycled materials, commonly referred to as “loose parts”, and transform your schoolyard into an adventure playground, where all sorts of neat and unexpected things can be created, constructed and organized.

Not sure what an Adventure Play Day involves?
Watch this video!

Want to learn more about loose parts?
Watch this video!

Sony EarthPLAY for Earth Day Contest

The Sony Canada Charitable Foundation and Earth Day Canada’s EcoKids want to see your school EarthPLAY and win! Send a photo or short video and testimonial of your EarthPLAY school event to EcoKids by June 29, 2018. Six schools, selected by random draw, will each win a Sony Action Camera! For more information, visit Campaigns & Contests.

Host your EarthPLAY event!

To help plan your event, download the EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2018 Toolkit.

Send us a photo or short video and testimonial of your EarthPLAY school event by June 29, 2018. Please be sure to read the Contest Rules and Regulations and to complete a Photograph/Video Release Form for each student that appears in your photo or video.

Six winning schools will be chosen by random draw the week of July 2 – 6, 2018.

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EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2018 TOOLKIT

Want to reclaim recess and outdoor play at your school?

Download our EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2018 TOOLKIT to learn more.

Check out our campaign video, just for schools!