"Young children`s outdoor play is regarded as an important part of the day in Swedish day-care centers (pre-schools). Outdoor stay is generally expected to enhance children´s health and give opportunity to valuable play processes. The outdoor play in the immediate surrounding of two pre-schools was investigated through video observations that were supplemented with field notes during participatory observation, interviews with the children and the staff noting the children´s use through "place-mapping". The children were between one and five years old. The two pre-school-yards were both quite large (more than 2000 square meters) with the functions of play equipment as part of a wider landscape that the children used for play as well. The main difference between the yards was that one of the yards contained less and more cultivated vegetation and the other contained natural environment with a more "wild" character. A qualitative approach was used to select play-episodes from the films that were expressive of positive affect and playfulness that could be understood as related to the content and character of the physical environment.The present paper is used to elaborate on specific characteristics of place- and landscapes that help children to maintain the often agile and fluid character of outdoor play where changes are frequent regarding the use of specific places, play themes and participating children. The interplay between environmental characteristics that invite children to involve themselves with their surrounding and wider landscape clues used to initiate movement, making it fun to "move about", is regarded as typical for outdoor play. Selected play sequences have the purpose to highlight how children use the specific content of places and wider landscape characteristics to initiate and coordinate their activities during play. The examples are described in text and illustrated on maps. Photos are used to visualize how children´s way of using the physical environment function as non-verbal "play-signals"."