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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

Playground Design for Infants and Toddlers

More than Just Mini: How Infant and Toddler Playground Equipment is Designed for Child Development

February 15, 2024

A colorful playground naturally attracts children of all ages, but you may not realize that most playground equipment isn’t suitable for younger kids. Babies and small children go through different stages of physical development, requiring age-appropriate play equipment. Our Nature…

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Join Nature of Early Play in Orlando March 7-10!

February 12, 2024

We’re Exhibiting at The Montessori Event Our distributor 360Recreation will be featuring Nature of Early Play products at the world’s largest Montessori Event on March 7-10, 2024. Come and visit us at booth #515! See how Nature of Early Play…

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All the Dirt on Mud Kitchens!

February 7, 2024

Nature of Early Play is all about all things nature—including mud! Our mud kitchens are the ultimate outdoor toys for the children at your daycare, preschool, or park to get down and dirty with some good, clean fun. Let’s look…

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Playground Fundraising and Budgeting

Budgeting and Paying for a New Early Childhood Playground

September 26, 2023

Early childhood and preschool playgrounds have a powerful role in nurturing children’s physical, emotional, and social development. Budgeting for the cost of playground equipment can be a concern for many preschools, daycares, and non-profit organizations, but Nature of Early Play…

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