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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!

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 Park Bench

Five Steps to Finding the Perfect Bench for Your Playground

March 17, 2023

Park benches are much more than outdoor seats—they serve as a place to welcome friends, create memories, and foster community. When it comes to the playground at your daycare, preschool, or after-school program, the right seating can make a surprisingly…

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Playground Engineering: It’s More Than Just About the Fun

March 7, 2023

There’s more to a playground than fun…a lot more goes into it. When you see a playground, you see a place for children to get some much-needed physical activity, socialization, creative play, and fresh air. Children see the excitement of…

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Vine House a kid sized playhouse for the playground

New and Improved Vine House for the Playground

February 7, 2023

Just when you thought the jungle couldn’t get any better, here comes the Vine House—new and improved! Our expert playground designers recently took this classic customer favorite and gave it a foliage face-lift. The result speaks for itself: a gorgeous…

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EV Charging Garage Playhouse for Schoolyard

Teach Kids to be Earth-Conscious on the Playground with an “EV” Trike Charger

January 3, 2023

Kids are never too young to start saving the world! We all try to do our part to protect the earth we all share, and our children look to us as examples. Your toddlers and preschoolers play a valuable role…

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