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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Playground Fun and Healthy Development for Toddlers

    Playground Fun and Healthy Development for Toddlers
      Infants and toddlers experience the swiftest amount of growth and development that they ever will at their early ages. It is during this period that they begin to form an understanding about the world around them, and they learn the most through play. At all ages and stages of development, physical activity offers a number of cognitive, behavioral, and...
  4. Why Children Love a Playground Slide

    Why Children Love a Playground Slide
      Visit any playground at any location around the world, and you are bound to see several commercial slide designs. Another thing you are virtually guaranteed to see is a line of children eager to experience the exhilaration of a fun, fast slide! By nature children are thrill seeking and fearless in their exploration of the environment around them; it...
  5. Why Playgrounds Matter

    Why Playgrounds Matter
      The benefits of getting children playing outdoors early in life are vast, and will continue to reward them throughout their lives. Such activity impacts their learning in a variety of domains, including: fitness and physical well-being, social development, cognitive and emotional reasoning skills, and in many other measurable areas. Making time for children to play is essential to their...
  6. Why We Swing

    Why We Swing
      The first motion that children experience after birth is a gentle rocking to sooth them.  It is no accident that young children are provided with special chairs and beds that allow for a rocking to-and-fro motion to help lull them into a calm state or to sleep. Biologically, human beings are wired to enjoy the experience of a pendulum...
  7. Taking Education Outdoors: How to Augment Learning on the Playground

    Taking Education Outdoors: How to Augment Learning on the Playground
      Do you think better on your feet? Educators have known for decades that children learn best through hands-on and active exercises that engage their senses, their need for exploration, and through the natural world around them. More educators are using the playground as a tool and part of their curriculum to engage social and life skill learning, physical fitness...
  8. The Link Between Play and Cognitive Development for Children

    The Link Between Play and Cognitive Development for Children
      Between school, homework, and sports activities, finding time for lighthearted play can be challenging for kids, who enjoy more weekly obligations now than any other generation in history. But while some say the curriculum and team events better prepare children for adulthood, many researchers are validating the need for free play time. Is there real measurable value in play...
  9. Playgrounds That Help Protect the Environment

    Playgrounds That Help Protect the Environment
    When it comes to sustainability and the health of the environment, we are all looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce, reuse, and recycle wherever possible. The commercial playground industry has worked hard to engineer new products that maximize the use of recycled materials, and to offer consumers new playground structures that support a healthy environment. Recycled...
  10. Fresh Fundraising Ideas for Your Commercial Playground Project

    Fresh Fundraising Ideas for Your Commercial Playground Project
    When you are planning a new community playground project, it is important to allocate some time to pursue fundraising events to finance a portion of the expense of equipment and installation. When you have arrived at an accurate cost summary of your project, the next step is to figure out how to raise the capital you need to create your...

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