APCPLAY Playground Blog

Here, you'll find details on playground maintenance, product information and updates, sales and promotions, benefits of play and more!

  1. Making the Most of National Park Week

    Making the Most of National Park Week
      This year, the National Park Service is turning 100 years old! To celebrate their centennial anniversary, they’re offering free admission to all national parks during National Park Week from April 16th through 24th. The theme for 2016 is “Find Your Park,” which encourages folks to find parks in their area, share stories through social media, and support national parks...
  2. The Importance of Nature and Play

    The Importance of Nature and Play
      What are your favorite childhood memories when your parents told you, “Go outside and play”? Do you remember wandering the woods with a sibling? Did you concoct mud pie recipes in the backyard after a rainy day? Maybe you had a gang of neighborhood friends that roamed the streets on bikes and scooters. Most adults would typically use these...
  3. Incorporating Language Arts Into Playtime

    Incorporating Language Arts Into Playtime
      Teachers, parents and caregivers can look for inspiring and creative methods to encourage children to practice reading and language skills. At APCPLAY, we know that children enjoy educational activities that get them outside of the classroom, and tend to engage them in active movement, art, and adventure. If you are looking for creative outdoor activities that help children work...
  4. Guide to Playground Climbers

    Guide to Playground Climbers
      Have ever watched a child approach a tree, fence, or other obstacle and just leap up? They really do not stop to question whether they can or cannot climb it. They just know with a charming bravado that they will figure it out, somewhere on the way up. Children have a biological imperative that encourages them to climb, which...
  5. Should Unaccompanied Adults Be Banned from Playgrounds?

    Should Unaccompanied Adults Be Banned from Playgrounds?
      Visit your local park on a weekend afternoon and you will see the playground teeming with activity from local children. Kids will be playing in the sand, running around with friends and/or siblings, or exploring the play structure. Seated nearby on benches or other picnic tables you will also see parents watching their children, providing the supervision that all...
  6. Keeping Your Park or Playground Clean

    Keeping Your Park or Playground Clean
      Making time to get outside and enjoy your local park or playground? If you are like most people you enjoy the use of a community park for outdoor fun, and any given weekend you can see how important parks are as a neighborhood hub. They provide a safe, healthy place to spend quality time outside. Do you ever wonder...
  7. The Benefits of a School Playground

    The Benefits of a School Playground
      Why was there ever a time where school boards felt the need to cut back on playground equipment and recess playtime? The shift in educational approach began in the 1980’s led by a belief that less play time would net a more academically focused child. Olga Jarrett and Sandra Waite-Stupiansky, members of Play, Policy, and Practice Interest Forum, explain...
  8. What is 'Risky Play' & Why Does It Matter for Kids?

    What is 'Risky Play' & Why Does It Matter for Kids?
      Parents, teachers, and caregivers share the common goal to inspire young children while protecting them from injury. In fact the bulk of supervision for children ages 2-12 years-old involves steering them clear of situations that might present injury, or so it seems. Every child has an innate curiosity about the world around them, which can sometimes have unfortunate consequences...
  9. The Consequences of Play Deprivation

    The Consequences of Play Deprivation
      The first assignment we give to children is to learn how to play. Play time can be independent activities such as building blocks, reading, or creative activities such as painting and crafts. It can also involve group participation games with peers, which teach them how to negotiate, compromise, communicate, and enjoy the social company of others. To suggest that nowadays...
  10. Five New Grants and Playground Funding Opportunities

    Five New Grants and Playground Funding Opportunities
      If your organization has selected a new park or playground as a capital project for 2015, there are a number of methods that you can use to source part or all of the funding required for the purchase and installation of your playground. Purchasing quality equipment that is durable, and which offers years of worry free maintenance and use...

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