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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Why We Design Playgrounds for Specific Age Groups

    Why We Design Playgrounds for Specific Age Groups
      There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the design of commercial playground equipment and parks. Every playground must offer engaging activities and fun for children of all ages, and stimulate imagination while motivating kids to attempt physical and cognitive challenges through play. Creating a perfect park or playground involves strategic planning and unique considerations to...
  6. 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...
  7. How Play Reduces Stress and Creates Healthy Kids

    How Play Reduces Stress and Creates Healthy Kids
      Children are busier today in terms of schedules, demands, and expectations than they have ever been.  That is because well-meaning parents are determined to provide ample physical and group activities that enhance their children’s development. It sounds like a good thing, until researchers started to point out the symptoms of stress and anxiety that children can develop as a...
  8. 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...
  9. Designing an Inclusive Play Environment

    Designing an Inclusive Play Environment
      We understand that playgrounds offer a number of physical and cognitive benefits for children. But not every child approaches the playground with the same set of circumstances and/or abilities. Ensuring that each child can enjoy at least some activity on a commercial play structure is a matter of including accessible playground equipment. According to the 2010 Census by the...
  10. 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...

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