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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. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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