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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+ 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 us design a playground for you!

Reduced Lead Times for All Products!

We have reduced overall lead times by two weeks! Beat the summer rush and get your products sooner. Learn more.

Announcing Our New QUICK SHIP Program!

For a limited time, some of our most popular products are available to ship within 2 weeks!

Playgrounds from Recycled Milk Jugs


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


Play equipment designed for Infants (6 months-23 months), Toddlers (18 to 36 months), and Preschoolers (2-5 years)—anthropomorphically and developmentally.

Durable Heavy Duty Playground Equipment

Safe & 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

How to Get a Community Playground in Your Neighborhood

Bring Play Your Way: How to Get a Community Playground for Your Neighborhood

April 28, 2024

Science has clearly proven the power of play and physical activity in a child’s growth and development. But what if your community lacks a space for children to truly thrive? At Nature of Early Play by Play Mart, we believe…

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Happy Earth Day 2022

Happy Earth Day Playmates!

April 22, 2024

Protecting our environment for our children today and for generations to come has been a focus in creating our Nature of Early Play products right from the start. It’s a commitment for us to do our part to make our…

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Reduced Lead Times!

March 20, 2024

Get Your Order in and Beat the Busy Season Rush We are excited to announce that we have successfully reduced lead times by two weeks overall! Most orders will be ready on the lower side of the estimated time range.…

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March 20, 2024

Here at Play Mart, we are working hard to provide quality playground equipment to children all over the world. For a limited time, we are offering a select list of our Nature of Early Play line of products in our…

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