Experiential landscape offers new ways of looking at relationships between people and outdoor open spaces they use in their everyday lives. It proposes new methodologies for interpreting place perceptions in a range of open space contexts and for different demographic groups. We detail how methods derived from experiential landscape are used to explore place perceptions of primary school aged children. The research highlights the value of adopting a longitudinal, experientially oriented and multi-method approach to respond to the intrinsic subjectivity involved in place perception. The variety of techniques used demonstrates the importance of engaging with children as individuals rather than as a homogenous whole. It also reveals a fine grain of place perception which appears heightened as a particularly sensitive feature of children’s encounters with their local environment.