LEWISVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#activities–Recent research has drawn the connection between children’s brain
development and time spent in the natural environment. Creating that
environment is daunting for many schools, but outdoor-play pioneer Rusty
Keeler is determined to show that it’s doable, and the benefits last
children a lifetime.
of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder is Keeler’s newest book,
published by Gryphon House, Inc., the award-winning publisher of early
childhood parenting and teaching resources. Organized by season, the
book takes readers on a photographic journey through real child care
centers throughout the United States that have embraced Keeler’s
philosophy that natural play environments create new opportunities for
children to explore and grow.
hand-drawn renderings show how play spaces can be designed, and
interviews with center directors offer insights from the schools making
“The designs in this book are not overly complex, expensive, or hard to
build; they were built by hand by teachers, friends, and families,” Keeler
said. “It is a beautiful glimpse into what happens when adults say ‘yes’
to making their yard a place where children can explore, be challenged,
and grow freely.”
ISBN 978-0-87659-612-8; 216 pp.; PB; $19.95.
About the Author
For the past 20 years, Rusty
Keeler has worked with hundreds of community, school, park,
university, and child care leaders to dream, design, and construct
beautiful outdoor play environments for children of all ages. Keeler is
a frequent keynote speaker and a pioneer in the movement to reconnect
children to nature.
About Gryphon House, Inc.
House, Inc., is an award-winning publisher of resource books for
parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Filled
with developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use strategies, Gryphon
House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to
bring the joy of learning to young children.
Gryphon House, Inc.
Anna Wilmoth, 336-712-3480