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What is Nature of Early Play?

We keep both child development and environmental impact in balance in design and manufacturing.

Nature of Early Play is a full collection of commercial grade early childhood outdoor play and learning products that reconnect children (infant through age five) with the outdoor world through interactions with dirt, sand, water, animals, music, and plants. All our products are made from heavy-duty recycled materials that will withstand all weather conditions for MANY years! Our products are all designed for use in commercial settings such as Child Development Centers, commercial Day Care, university and corporate child care providers.

Play Mart Playgrounds

The Nature of Early Play line of products is brought to you by Play Mart, Inc. We also have a line of playground equipment designed for children ages 5 and older under our Play Mart brand. Visit Play Mart to see products made for the older kids.

We've been creating environmentally conscious play spaces since 1980. Let's us design a playground for you!

Play Mart Playgrounds

The Nature of Early Play line of products is brought to you by Play Mart, Inc. We also have a line of playground equipment designed for children ages 5 and older under our Play Mart brand. Visit Play Mart to see products made for the older kids.

We've been creating environmentally conscious play spaces since 1980. Let's us design a playground for you!

Playgrounds from Recycled Milk Jugs

Recycled

Our products are made from our exclusive Recycled Structural Plastic (RSP™). We even recycle our own manufacturing scraps again to create more material!

Custom Playground Design

Custom Site Design

Each customer’s playground site is designed in-house placing each product with appropriate spacing for safety zones and age groups. We even provide full site renderings so you see the equipment as it will look in “real life”.

Age Appropriate Playgrounds

Age-Appropriate

Play equipment designed for Infants (6 months-23 months) and Preschoolers (2-5 years)—anthropomorphically and developmentally.

Durable Heavy Duty Playground Equipment

Durable Playground Equipment

Heavy-duty, commercial-quality, outdoor materials will withstand extreme weather for many years. Stainless
Steel hardware, attachment plates, and welds. UV resistant color additives in all plastic materials. Vandalism can be cleaned or repaired on most components easily.

Stimulating Play for Children

Stimulating Play

Physically, socially, mentally and sensorially challenging products that encourage whole-person growth, and interaction between children of varying abilities.

Playgrounds Made in USA

Made in USA

We manufacture all our products in our facility in rural USA. Each item is hand-crafted by skilled men and women. High-tech machinery assists with creating parts. We even source the majority of our materials and components in the USA.

The Latest News & Articles from Nature of Early Play

Sand House Playground Sandbox

The Simple Joy of the Sandbox

August 5, 2022

The playground sandbox is a pillar of the childhood experience. While we love getting creative to develop exciting and unique playsets, we also appreciate the simple things in life like a kid’s sandbox. At Nature of Early Play, we aim…

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Social Development on the Playground

Amazing Ways Playgrounds Help Children’s Social Development

July 28, 2022

Playsets are a great way to entertain your tots for hours on end, but are your kids really accomplishing anything while they play? You’d be surprised how much social development happens at the playground. At Nature of Early Play, we…

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Accessible Playgrounds ADA Play Equipment

Accessible Playgrounds: Every Child Can Play

July 11, 2022

At Nature of Early Play, we believe that every child has the fundamental right to play. We also recognize that each child is unique and has different ability levels which may impact the way they interact with play equipment. Studies…

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Carole Robertson Center Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Infant-Toddler Playground Donated to North Lawndale Site by Play Mart

June 14, 2022

June 13, 2022 – Chicago, IL – The youngest learners in North Lawndale have access to state-of-the-art playground experiences, thanks to equipment donated to the Carole Robertson Center for Learning at 3701 W. Ogden by Play Mart, Inc., and Next…

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