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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Healthy Play Fitness Hacks After The Hefty Christmas Dinner

The holiday season brings no excuse to eating sweets and pastries. It is a very favorable time for kids to load up on sugar and carbs. But that doesn’t mean you’ll give them free pass to eat their way to obesity, right? That’s where we come in. We are no weight loss magicians but we can help your kids acquire the stamina of an athlete and grow physically fit the playground way.


Photo from dumpaday.com via Lorna Benitez, Pinterest
You don’t have to restrict them from indulging but you can help them by providing better options to keep their sugar levels at bay and their health in perfect condition.

As we all know, Christmas day is just around the corner. Just a few more days left until the big holiday feast. Have you planned out the menu for the family dinner already? If we’re not mistaken, you’re pretty much looking into preparing scrumptious meals like these: heavenly bowl of pumpkin soup, sauteed vegetables with butter and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes with sour cream, oven roasted chicken with lemon and herbs, baby back ribs smothered in sweet n’ spicy barbeque sauce, freshly baked dinner rolls and a good bottle of wine. And if you’re the super mom, you’ll also have a decadent chocolate cake for the kids.

Friday, December 19, 2014

10 Safety & Installation Tips for Accessible Playground

So you’ve already raised the funds that would make your accessible playground installation a larger than life reality. Before you proceed with the final leg of your children’s access to full-time play time, you might want to look into some safety and installation tips to make this project easier, faster and more enjoyable.


Accessible play paves the way to a sustainable tomorrow. 
Accessibility is not only dedicated to kids who are using wheelchairs.
Whenever the word accessibility is brought up, parents, teachers and other organizations usually look at how a kid on a wheelchair would be able to move around their play area. However, there is a very little number of children with special needs that are on wheelchairs.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

4 Reasons Why School Playgrounds Teaches Human Rights

Adults often wonder why kids these days prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes. For obvious reasons, these children are immersed in gadgets and/or other electronics that they entirely forget the fun of outdoor school playgrounds.


Don’t be the culprit of real fun. Move before it’s gone! Photo from Hubpages via Pinterest
 But did it occur to these adults that it’s actually the parents who would rather have their kids in their respective homes to avoid accident or crime because obviously, these parents want to protect their kids. Besides, it’s every kid’s right to be protected. Protection includes the right to a safe place for children to play and a constructive child rearing environment.

Looking at it more closely, parents might be causing more harm than good. Richard Louv, one of my favorite authors who strongly encourage reconnecting children and nature, opened my eyes to this idea.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How Parents Can Make School Playgrounds Violence-Free

Without a doubt, school serves as the extension of our homes in many imperative forms. School plays a vital character in shaping the way our kids blink and think. It is the secondary community from where our kids draw knowledge – theoretically and realistically. With the span of time kids spend at this setting, it is essential for parents to ensure that their kids’ second home is safe and free from any violence scheme.


Photo courtesy of Stefani Woods via Flickr, Creative Commons
In a way, school also plays a part as another important component for kids’ playing scene. In fact, the trend of putting playground as part of the future schools’ build plans is startlingly accelerating. Play and playground have been part of the school environment and kids from all ages are actively involved on it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Outdoor Play Impacts Sustainable Child Development

“Play outside, while you still have the time to do so! Being young and free happens only once in a lifetime, trust me.”

This is what parents would likely tell their children nowadays especially because gadgets have kept children indoors. With the changing trend of toy types, these gadgets force children to stay indoors and shut the doors from playing outside.


Photo by John Morgan via Flickr
As a matter of fact, children today would rather spend their time on house arrest wired to computers, cellphones, tablets, TV, video games rather than ride a see-saw in the park. In a poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy, only 10% of the children they interviewed actually spend time playing outside. With only 10 out of 100 kids playing outdoors, this increases the current children obesity rate while decreasing the children’s chances of learning and development.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What Parents Need to Know About Age-Appropriate Play

Playtime is a crucial part in every child's life. With the changing times, the traditional playing time has changed as well. From playing with mere paper dolls or hide-and-seek outdoors, children have evolved to playing with high-tech gadgets while seeking the comforts of their own home. Without any age specification, technology does not specify the age appropriate play skills and specific child development. What is the right play for the right age?


Play is a sturdy vehicle for your child’s development. Photo by Marcus Kwan via Flickr

In a Reuters article, online gaming company OSMO Chief Executive Officer Pramon Sharma explained that “if you limit a child’s experience to just digital games, only some parts of their brains are getting exercised.” According to a study from the Montana State University, play is an important factor for the healthy child development. The Association for Childhood Education International adds that there is a “need for children of all ages to play.” Play should teach children social and motor skills and cognitive thinking.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Kids’ Playground Happiness Meter

Across the globe, children agree that their sources of happiness lie in strong family ties, a solid group of friends, and of course, engaging in quality play time. Then again, the same study revealed that as kids get older, their happiness levels drop.


As a matter of fact, 58% of six-year-olds think that the world is good; but as they reach twelve years old, only 41% would agree with the former statement. The common contributors to the stress among children are having to cope with dysfunctional homes which may include divorce, drastic changes in schools, peer pressure, and the violence that they are exposed to at home and in their neighborhood.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Should Parents Allow Their Kids To Play Football?


Photo by House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats via Flickr, Creative Commons
You see your kid with bruises, strained muscles, and ligament sprains; no parent would want to see their kids in that state right? And yet they push their kids to playing contact sports such as football. Being one of the biggest sports loved and watched by numerous families, parents think highly of football, even playground football, as a sport of a real man.

However, being a contact sport with the intention of hitting your opponent, the serious injuries in playground football could land your son to a hospital in an instant. Is there any way to pamper your child into a safe football playground without all the sports injuries? Should kids be allowed to play a harmful sport as such?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Let's End Fat-Shaming among Kids, Shall We?

“What do you weigh? Like 400 pounds? It’s like running into a snowplow.”
-Marcus, Fat Kid Rules the World

“Oh, at least you don't look like some kind of a bloated roadside piñata! You should really go on a diet!”
-Puss in Boots, Shrek the Third
                 
“ Am I really that Fat?”
- Buzz Lightyear,Toy Story 2

"Lilo, have you been eating okay? Coz you're looking all round and you're rolling over people. It's not nice." - Lilo and Stitch

Admit it, you laughed at the jokes and you even laughed at the fat guy or kid in the show. For some reasons, cartoons and movies have been bombarded with fat jokes, have depicted fat people as funny or, if not, the antagonist in the movie. From the big screen, cartoon movies such as Shrek, Wall-E, Up, Little Mermaid, to television series such as the Biggest Loser, to movies like Bridget Jones’ Diary and Shallow Hal, and even commercial ads like that of PEPSI Obesity ad, they think they’re educating the people about obesity. The thing is, they are educating people that being fat is NOT good.


Photo by Michael Cramer via Flickr, Creative Commons

As a parent, whether it’s in the cartoons or in the playground, the bias that media is presenting to children at an early age is an alarming sight. Fat shaming is a process where fat people are stigmatized, bullied, and discriminated just so they would be somehow motivated to lose weight. Obesity is indeed an issue for all ages. The sad part is, we do not realize that even at a young age, we are shaming them, putting down their confidence in the process of educating them.

Monday, September 15, 2014

9 Effects of Modern Gadgets on Children Development

Technology and kids today is a sight you often see. A toddler holding a tablet, an infant with an iphone in her mouth, what’s new? At one point, parents have great regard over gadgets as a way to pacify their children and as an entertaining and educational tool. But later on, it becomes an alarming sight.


Photo by Wayan Vota via Flickr, Creative Commons
Apparently,  a research from Common Sense Media revealed the exceptional increase of children using gadgets such as smartphones and tablets have increased in just two years. From 38% in 2011, the biannual survey revealed that children below eight year old using mobile devices have gone up to 72% in 2013. Conducted on American parents themselves, the survey further showed the increase of toddlers’ gadget exposure from 10% to 38%. With this, the American Academy of Pediatrics discourage the tech use for children under the age of two saying that it changes the nature of childhood.

Monday, September 8, 2014

12 Fun and Interesting Ways to Get Your Kids Fit

Chances are you have already encountered an overweight child who tends to be socially awkward, sensitive, or even painfully shy. As Myrna Weissman, MD said, “The relationship between obesity and depression goes in many directions. It is very easy in our culture to get overweight. And if you are depressed, you may eat to compensate.” In fact, a study revealed that 20% of obese children label themselves as sad. Whether your child or your friend or relative’s kid is undergoing this battle against the bulge, the key is not to restrict them. Instead, experts strongly recommend that parents must assure their kids that they love them unconditionally and they will guide them to discover and eventually make healthier choices, on step at a time.

Photo by Gaulsstin via Flickr

Playground Equipment has put together a number of tips that bring fun in your child’s fitness plan. As we were curating this, we realized that parents have challenges in gaining weight, too. So, most of these items are things that you can do with your children. After all, academic studies revealed that parents with sedentary lifestyle are likely to have kids who share the same lifestyle. Are you ready to get the fun in your child’s recommended 60-hour daily physical activity?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

15 Fun Rainy Day Indoor Games for Toddlers and Preschool

Rainy days may spell cranky days for parents and kids because plans are likely to be adjusted or worse, cancelled. Then again, such days and night must be taken with a hefty ounce of positivity and possibility. The next time you are stuck indoors, you might want to look into a good number of ideas we gathered, from kid-friendly and parent-friendly blogs.  These 15 rainy day games for toddlers and preschool kids may just make you look forward to the rainbow after any given rain.

Fill the Clothesline Fast Contests 

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Photo from Toddler Approved 
Rainy days are perfect for cooking a nice, warm meal for the family to just sit down and enjoy. While your kids wait for dinner to be served, why not let them hang out, literally and figuratively? Simply tie a string across your dining chairs. Your string must be able to hold the weight of socks and a good number of clothespins. The child who hangs the most number of socks in 30 seconds wins. Other variations include the craziest sock combinations, or even changing the socks to lettered papers. Know more about this contest from the Toddler Approved blog.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Build The Fun and Faith in Your Church Playground


Build playgrounds that will cater to the play needs of kids attending your church’s services.
Photo by Stuart via Flickr, Creative Commons
Aside from being places of worship and fellowship, churches have also provided families and kids a safe and fun environment through its playground. Children are indeed part of everyday church environments since the average range of children’s church attendance is between 19 to 23 percent of the total attendance, according to leadership coach and writer Tony Morgan. And for every four adults attending weekend church services, a normal church would have one child between 0-11 years of age.

Monday, August 11, 2014

10 Easy Ways to Help You Build A Preschool Playground


Kids are looking forward to playtime, since they are able to have fun and their curiosity drives them to play more. The Shasta Children and Families First Commission (SCFFC) research shows that playgrounds for kids aged 0-5 provide learning opportunities and helps develop a child’s emotional, motor, and social skills at play. A playground offers different kinds of play that helps kids grow in these areas and skill sets in their lives.

It is important to build a kindergarten play area that is safe, accessible, and well-planned to further help in the kids’ development at an early age. You need to consider even the smallest details in order to avoid accidents from happening inside the playground. To help you on planning your very own preschool playground, here are 10 steps that you can follow to create the best and safe play area for preschool kids:

1. Determine the exact location and size for your playground. If you are planning to setup your playground outdoors, The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Childcare and Early Education (NRC)  suggests that the site that you’ve selected should be easily reached by a route free from hazards and should not be farther than one-eighth mile from the school building itself. The said area should be at a minimum of seventy-five square feet for each child that uses the playground; if not, it is highly recommended that an indoor play area be installed as well to meet the ideal play space requirements.

Friday, August 1, 2014

12 Easy Ways for Playground Swing Set Maintenance

Swinging moments are happy moments for both kids and the kids at heart. Photo by PROLoren Kerns via Flickr, Creative Commons
A child’s first playground experience may be through the use of swings. Whether it’s at the park, school, or at their backyard play set, everyone can have a thrilling and exciting sensation in every back and forth motion of the swing. And it has benefits as well, since kids can develop motor skills including balancing, locomotion, and body coordination while swinging. Who could ever forget swings as one of the most well-loved, favorite and iconic outdoor playing equipment that reminds us of our childhood memories, and no doubt is still loved by kids of all ages today?

Monday, July 28, 2014

What are the factors that make kids bullies or victims?

Bullying can have different effects in one child’s life, depending on his role on the prevalent bullying incident. A kid can be the initiator of bullying, the victim, or a victim who eventually becomes a bully, too. This vicious cycle is translated to a hard-hitting truth revealed by the Journal of the American Medical Association wherein 3.2 million out of 3.7 million sixth to tenth graders are affected by the beastial beast called bullying.

With the increasing number of youth being involved in these bullying situations, now is the right time for parents and educators to address the real causes of bullying—the real roots of the problem this time. What are the reasons why kids are bullied? How do they affect your children’s role in this never-ending cycle? How do you pinpoint it the minute your child comes back to your house from school? What makes someone a bully? Be aware of these 15 factors that causes a kid to be bullied, to be a victim, or to be a mix of both roles.


Bullies attack their victims as an outlet from negative situations in their families. Photo by Thomas Ricker via Flickr, Creative Commons
1. Bullies are 3 times more likely to have dysfunctional families. Experts reveal that negative family situations such as broken family relations are positively associated with kids being involved in bullying. Research also shows that a kid who actively sees bullying taking place at home also develops bullying behaviors. This is also considered as one major cause of bullying among children.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Child Bullying: Should it be considered a crime?

Bullying is a subject matter that should not be ignored, but rather should be addressed head-on. Each state in America addresses bullying in a different manner in order to teach a hard lesson to those involved. In some cases, bullying, together with other related behaviors such as cyber bullying, are addressed in a single or multiple laws. There are also situations wherein bullying is part of a criminal code that may apply to the youth and criminal charges can be made. At present, no specific federal law has been applied to bullying. Among the reported cases of bullying because of color, race, sex, disability, religion, or natural origin, it overlaps with harassment cases and schools are given the legal authority required to address the situation at hand.

Have we crossed the line when it comes to bullying? Photo by Alan Cleaver via Flickr, Creative Commons
With increasing incidents of bullying, especially reported cases of deaths caused and initiated by bullying, certain steps should be done accordingly to protect your child from being a bullied victim. However, in dealing with such bullying cases, a big question always pops up the moment authorities come face-to-face with the bully and the victim.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Best Surfacing Options that Keep Your Playground Safe

Safe surfacing materials let your child bid goodbye to injuries.
As a parent, your number one concern is the safety of your kid during play. You get alarmed once you see your child getting bruised in the playground. When this happens, you probably feel like blaming yourself for not providing enough care to your child. You need to consider, though, the other factors that may contribute to accidents happening in the playground. Factors such as not having high-quality and safe playground surfaces may just be one of the causes for playground-related accidents.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The 10 (Life)Long Lasting Effects of Bullying

Being bullied is not a pleasant thing that can happen to anyone. Threats, pranks, or harsh words can linger to a victim’s mind long enough to cause emotional distress, anxiety, and fear. A child can wake up in the middle of the night, worried of tomorrow’s school day as it presents another opportunity to come face-to-face with his bully. Walking through the main doors of the school to his classroom is a struggle because at any moment, his bully might attack him.  If you think that these examples are just the ones that a bullied child faces, you may want to look further beyond the incident and see what lies ahead for a victim of bullying, especially when the victim is your own child.

Here are the long-term effects of bullying that you need to know in order for you to take steps against it:

Allowing your child to play freely and safely in the playgrounds can help reduce bullying and help establish your 
child’s social relations. Photo by David Robert Bliwas via Flickr, Creative Commons

1. A Bullied Child’s Immune System is Weaker 

Bullying can have long lasting implications to a child’s health and he may continue to experience it as he grows up. Frequently bullied children may experience backaches, stomach aches, injuries that require medical care, and dizziness. The health problems can accumulate and may worsen over time.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quality Playground Equipment: Low on Cost, Big on Play

Currently, play spaces in schools, public parks, and other recreational areas, are gradually being tapped to aid child development. Parents and educational institutions rediscover the power of active play whether indoors or outdoors. To answer the needs of raising kids who are physically fit and socially sound, it is but important to seek high quality, low cost play areas.



Investing on quality playground equipment always entail cost in the hopes of causing something worthwhile, productive, and enriching to children who will soon be the next breed of leaders that will determine where our society is heading. Treating your this community project as an opportunity to gather kids of all ages and all abilities in a corner where they can play with one another as they grow together. Here are some tips that you might want to consider, in your long-term investment purchase:
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Affordable Commercial Playgrounds for Every Budget

While budget cuts make playgrounds fewer and farther, the benefits that it holds still remain true and beneficial. Studies have shown that kids are more likely to perform better in academics as they learn the foundations of creative problem solving, indoor and outdoor play must be given due importance. For schools, daycares, parks, zoos and other recreational areas for children,  Playground Equipment team has put together the best budget options that are sure to bring delight and highlight your child’s development, one play at a time.

Sharpen Toddlers’ Motor Skills Indoors and Outdoors in One

Learning is never too early when infused with play time.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How to Build Affordable High Quality Residential Playground

If you think that getting a residential playground for your kids is an overwhelming project due to your budget, think again. A recent study revealed that in spite the economy and other constraints, 1 in 5 American parents are willing to shell out over $1,000 on sports-inclined activities for their children. Remember the mounds of toys on top of gadgets that you get your child to make them happier with the hope of raising them better?

The possibilities that a residential playground hold go beyond that of a structured play. Several studies now strongly suggest that parents must acknowledge and unearth the power of playgrounds as they are hubs for children who are smarter, healthier, and even more successful in life. The Playground Equipment Team has put together options that are flexible for your affordable backyard playground installation that will satisfy your children’s wants.

Scan and start with site preparation. (Average Cost: $1,800+)

This step is essential to bringing a safe, secure, and enjoyable play space for your kids. The bulk of the cost is set aside for the clearing and grading of the plot. Also, this step requires the final plan of the play space in order to know where the footings are going to be. In determining your backyard playground, check your landscape as well as your home’s architecture. Apart from being a fun spot for the children to enjoy, this also adds an appeal to your backyard.
Friday, May 16, 2014

How to Build Budget Backyard Playground for Kids

A backyard is perhaps the most accessible and effortless solution to some of the problems faced by American kids and their parents. Richard Louv, the man behind the book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit-Disorder”  posted a challenge to parents as he observed, “Last time I checked, it was pretty tough to have a sense of wonder when you’re playing ‘Grand Theft Auto. If I were raising a generation of children under protective house arrest, where does that lead us in terms of our connection to the natural world?” This undeniable truth is even strengthened by the findings regarding decline of kids’ outdoor activities from 1997 to 2003, which alarmingly decrease by 50% according to sociologist, Sandra Hofferth from the University of Maryland.

Investing your time, budget and effort in building a backyard playground 
paves the way to an easier and safer access to the benefits of outdoor play.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

School Playgrounds: How to Plan, Install, and Maintain

Tap the power of your school playground as you hone child development in a fun and safe manner.
In the face of rediscovering the importance of allowing children to spend more time in playing, school playgrounds come back in the picture of honing early childhood learning alongside all levels of child development. Playground equipment are no longer seen as a waste of time, space, and efforts that are taken by schools, as they are spaces where real-life children's social interaction and skills are first tapped and tested. However, school administrators are experiencing hurdles in figuring out how to make the most of these fun educational play sets with the budget and other resources that go along with planning, building and maintaining their playgrounds.  What must school stakeholders look for if they want to get the best for their school playground budget? How will learning institutions be able to plan and execute their play spaces without having to worry about this long-term facilities?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Playground Picnic Hacks for Fit and Fun Kids

Tot Town Sand & Water Snack Shop
RSVP lessens the likelihood of shortage on picnic drinks and food.
Picnics and playgrounds are not only truly nostalgic, as they are recreational areas that allow us to spend time outdoors. Playground picnics give us our much-deserved leisurely break from the constricts of our daily routines and must-do’s. A good way to up the ante of playground picnic is injecting themed play that instantly morphs your playtime to a mini party. This leisurely activity effortlessly develops your kids’ unstructured creative spark. After all, who can resist the idea of munching homemade goodies on a park with carefree kids who believe that they can actually conquer the world while riding down a slide, right?

However, the true test of making a picnic fun is when kids not only spend a grand and creative time with nature while playing. Due to the sedentary lifestyle that is impeding kids across America, picnic in a playground can be a channel for kids to get fit through physical activities while learning the ropes of healthy eating. This simple bonding time between you, your kids and your circle, too, could be made manageable and special by looking into these curated playground picnic hacks.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nature-themed Playground Project for Parents and Kids

Nature origins garden arch
Nature-themed playtime is meant to raise a generation of kids who value good and green lives.
America is caught in the middle of the questions to be answered regarding raising kids in the hopes of a better, bigger, and bountiful future. In the recent years, parents, educators and other organizations have dabbled incorporating technology and achievement-based activities as they try to decipher a progressive parenting style. A study done by the U.S. Nature Conservancy revealed that 88% of today’s children spend their time in front of a computer. To counteract the perils of the computer-centric sedentary lifestyle, highly competitive organized sports and homeworks occupy any given child’s schedule. The result - a nation teeming with very young children battling obesity and are dealing with stress, anxiety, and even depression. According to Richard Louv, pediatricians have expressed that this generation of kids have the lowest life expectancy which is attributed largely to sedentary lifestyle. Parents seem to be at loss as they are torn in drawing the line between child development and unsustainable yet seemingly promising growth. Some say that they empathize with their children as they have to juggle the trend of “All School Work, No Play” routine to cope with the so-called modern time.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Safe Play, Fun Play: Public Playground Safety Guide

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Accessibility gives kids the precious and practical right to play and dream all-the-way.

More than being a grandiose stage and a subtle social space, a playground is your children’s first battleground. With every step up and climb down, they get to know that life is not all rosy, as sometimes, a misstep or a sudden jump can turn bloody.­ As kids get a taste and feel of the scorching sun, the gusty winds, the nerve-wrenching snowfall, and a possibly great fall, parents ought to don their “playground supervision” hat on.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Benefits of Playground Interaction for Parents and Kids

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In the same manner that your child is never too early to learn, your child is never too early to play.
Three hours of homework after at least six hours in school, learning a new language or polishing off an extra-curricular skill, too many hours fiddling with a tab or phone –these are the items found in the checklist of children who aspire to live the so-called American dream.

As if this is not enough to make you cringe, child centers for infants and toddlers have been modified to rouse very young minds to put their thinking caps as they forge an alliance with education without much regard to real flow of their uncontrollable emotions.  Though these activities widen the horizon of infant, toddlers and school-aged kids in hopes of maximizing their development, the formative years of U.S. kids are rather highly prone to a sedentary lifestyle. Sedentary lifestyle, which is governed by these glossy competence-based learning plus poor eating habits, has resulted to 15% of kids aged 6 to 19 to suffer from the perils of obesity.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Maintaining playground safety for your child

The world is a difficult and strange place to be, danger may just be in every place and done by anyone, even in the playground and even by a child. Thus, safety should always be observed, may it be on commercial playgrounds, indoor playgrounds, at school, or even within the walls of your own home.

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Parents have been programmed to make their children’s safety their top priority. It is every parent’s nightmare if something bad happens to their child. With this in mind, having children requires each parent to work hard and even go beyond regular measures to ensure the safety of our kids, at home, school, or even at the residential playground. Before even buying or going to different places, parents are sure to have almost everything right in their bags.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Themed Playgrounds Teach Kids Creativity and Reality

All-day fancy-filled and dynamic themed play times are a child’s reality and the door that paves the way to endless possibilities. The backyard playground or the very accessible community play space is where this unadulterated and usually larger-than-life dream begins. As soon as a child learns to speak and see the world through the eyes of someone who does not know fear and caution, prepare to get the most ambitious goals that will put a stop to the world’s most sought after shakers and movers. Some kids, on the other hand, are brought up by adventurous parents who spend their family time outdoors, up close and personal with nature. A zoo, a park, a museum, or simply playing with Mother Nature’s landscape –mud, gushing water, rocks, and the gentle breeze –gives birth to kids who are equipped with  access to free play that fosters creativity while honing their critical spheres, too.

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Revisiting pretend play means unearthing creativity and critical thinking. 
The time for revisiting the good old backyard playground must be taken seriously these days. Tapping the reality that creativity is honed during themed playtime is a practical and highly beneficial learning method, or parenting tip that can be easily weaved with both the routine of children and adults, too. More importantly, even kids with special needs can now take a more active part as creatively and safely-designed accessible playgrounds abound. Indeed when parents and educators re-instill the precious time for community playground activities, learning is made better, faster, and easier.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Resolving Sibling Rivalry Through Playground Time

Blood is thicker than water, but for them, having the same blood is a big problem. If you have more than one kid at home, you’ve probably encountered what I’m about to tell you - sibling rivalry. Even with the same blood running on their veins, siblings will always reach that point where they would quarrel about some stuff. Yes, it’s all but natural and normal.

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This normal flow of relationship between siblings is an issue that every parent is faced with. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, sibling rivalry and jealousy are composed of competitive feelings and actions that often occur among children, brothers and sisters, within a family. However, this issue does not only put stress on the kids, rather pushes the parents to take sides as well. Oftentimes, parents just settle and leave the kids fighting, but it this healthy to your household?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Simple Playtime in Playgrounds Can Make Shy Kids Sociable

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A community playground is your kid’s first stage. Make it count!  
What do Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Carrie Underwood, and Tom Cruise have in common? I’ll let you in on a little secret - they were once shy. However, they were able to overcome the shyness and bring out their hidden potentials. The key towards overcoming shyness? Spending quality time in playgrounds and having proper parental supervision and love to back you up.

Childhood shyness is normal, but if left unaddressed, could have a large effect on a kid’s development, particularly social development and skills. Severe shyness of kids in their early childhood may have a large effect on their social skills as this may be retained until they reach adolescence. The Shyness Breakthrough author and doctor Bernardo J. Carducci, PhD., explains that kids are born to be cautious in new situations. Shyness may be triggered by a number of factors such as strangers, crowded playgrounds, and even harsh experiences at home.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Accessible Playground: Addressing Playtime and Special Needs

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It’s twice the fun with playmates!
Did you know that in 2010 around 2.8 million school-aged children were reported to have some form of disability? That's 5.2% of the 53.9 million of US civilians between the ages of 5 and 17, and frankly, probably more than the number you thought represented children with special needs. Champions of accessible playground equipment had reason to rejoice though when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) made it a basic civil right to be able to access play areas, with new standards set in place that required playgrounds to feature play equipment and surfaces that disabled children can use. It's a big leap for supporters of inclusion because now the law is on their side. Unfortunately, the fight is still not over because there are still limitations hindering children with disabilities from completely enjoying commercial playground equipment. One of these is the fact that the new ADA guidelines for playground equipment only apply to playgrounds made or altered after March 15, 2012. This means that older playgrounds are not required to follow the rules set by the ADA, making many play areas still unwelcoming for children with special needs.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Toddler Tantrums: Easy Solutions with Playground Equipment

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Alone or with friends, children can have fun with playground equipment!
When you first held your little baby in your arms, you were sure that everything was right in the world. The moment was perfect. You couldn't wish for anything more at that point. Fast-forward to a couple of years and you're singing a different tune. Of course, you still love your child to the moon and back but whatever happened to that little angel quietly sleeping in your arms? Whatever happened to that perfect moment you have etched in your heart and mind? Whatever happened to peace and quiet? If your days are starting to feel more like a battlefield than serene playtime in the playground, toddler tantrums are probably to blame.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

20 Efficient Tips to Start a Residential and Community Playground

One of the biggest projects a community organization can have is building and designing a playground. The big question is WHY?

The existence of playground equipments is highly anticipated by most, if not all, kids. Every child has a distinct exciting memory of how it was to play in the nearest neighborhood, school, or even church playground. They looked forward to meeting new friends and playing group games that they don’t get at home.

Residential-Playgrounds

Outdoor play help children develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.



There Is More To Playgrounds Than Play

“Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation.” Stuart Brown, M.D. Contemporary American Psychiatrist

Well maintained and efficiently designed playgrounds does not only promote free play but also follows the development of social skills, confidence, and self-esteem. As children’s schedules grow with schoolwork and other related activities, playgrounds, specifically the free play it provides, become important.Outside play is a vital part of growing up. It provides opportunities for children to develop physical strength, balance, coordination, creativity, thinking and self care skills.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

How Children Get Fit at the Playgrounds

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Horizontal fitness bars raise the bar for healthier kids.
Obesity is a national social beast that impedes about 15% of American kids within the age range of 6 to 19. In fact, this figure skyrocketed by more than four times since the late 1960s. Due to the heavy influence of the technology-savvy, fast food-infested, and thickly-pampered world, the lack of physical activities have brought obesity, a clinical condition, to an everyday hurdle turned epidemic.

Today, physical fitness is viewed as the solution and salvation to a nation breeding a generation having difficulty to move forward, literally and figuratively. The success of each country lies within the ability of its people to produce and reproduce too. While there may be an overwhelming number of studies promoting physical activity for kids, this pressing issue is rooted to the basics of life --rekindling the good old playground fitness time from the good old days. Funny how we all seem to overlook the time we spent during our childhood days crossing parallel bars as we burn calories, win friends, and get a good laughs. In spite of being drenched in sweat, we gain precious playground workout as we become attached to the routine without forcing it in our daily tasks. Playground workout covers energetic activities such as jogging, running, climbing, hopping, and jumping done within the perimeter of play spaces.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rebuilding a Playground After Superstorm Sandy with Fundraising

Today, on our Facebook page, we featured a story about the New York School for the Deaf raising money for a new playground. Their current playground was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The school is looking to raise funds to provide their students with a new playground, complete with a poured rubber surface to accommodate children with walkers and wheelchairs.

Many playgrounds are funded by grants through different organizations, including the government. But more and more schools, churches, and day care centers are relying on donations to fund their playground projects. Whether through fundraisers in the community, donations from individuals in the community, or fundraising websites, this option has been successful for many groups, schools, and organizations. PTA and PTO organizations lead the way in the fundraising effort for schools, but anyone can get involved.

If you are looking to help out an organization obtain new playground equipment simply contact local schools or do a quick web search and you are sure to find many to help!

You can read the full article here.
Sunday, January 26, 2014

Accessible Playgrounds that Empower Children with Special Needs

ADA Fun Hoop
More than shooting some hoops, shoot some stories with a new friend or a trusted buddy.

Playgrounds are meant to be enjoyed by every kid in town. These playgrounds are one of the first social spaces where they learn the little yet profound realities of life. The time spent in crossing monkey bars or simply giggling over a round of rides on a swing or the very first unaided slide thrill rings a certain nostalgia, and a sense of immense achievement in each of us.

Then again, as times change, the United States is faced with yet another challenge in the form of the increasing cases of children with special needs. Studies revealed that 1 out 6 kids are now faced with a winning war against disability which is usually manifested through a form of hampered educational progress. As playtime is an integral part of a child’s learning curve, equipment for play is now being utilized as empowerment spaces for these handicapped kids. Today, every playtime is a precious time for parents, teachers, and even abled kids to reach out and take part in making children with special needs bring out their independence, self-worth, and distinctive productivity to work, and play. Accessible playgrounds for handicapped kids are no longer viewed as luxuries, but as necessities that pave the way to their better and well-equipped future.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Why Playgrounds and Tic-Tac-Toe are important for Child Development

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Tic-tac-toe has been a part of almost everyone’s childhood, but for the wrong reasons. Most adults and children think it’s a simple game to pass the time; that it’s a game similar to what playing on the playground means today—it’s done when the power’s out and there’s nothing else to do.
Now that there are a lot of mobile game apps available, the importance of playground time and the seemingly simple game of tic-tac-toe has been overlooked. Children nowadays learn to be technologically savvy at an early age, using tablets or smartphones to learn their ABCs or hear audios of bedtime rhymes. This presents a problem especially if it sacrifices children’s time for fun outdoors like playing at a commercial playground with other kids or playing games and puzzles with either their parents or teachers.

You might not even realize that simple activities like these can affect your children’s development, especially in their formative years.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

14 Parenting Tips on Bullying: Seek Refuge in the Playground



It only take 37 seconds to make a bully and a victim; and in every seven minutes that passes, a child somewhere in America is being bullied. In fact, 1 out of every 4 kids falls prey to the claws of a bully, or worse, a group of bullies. In the same saddening note, 1 out of every 4 teachers think that bullying is normal, or not at all wrong. As if this is not enough to shock you, some 160,000 students skip school every day for the simple yet inarguable reason that they fear the idea of being a butt of the bully's jokes. Bullying Statistics revealed that while 71% of students strongly believe that bullying is a pressing concern in their schools, teachers will intervene with this concern only 4% of the time.

Now, you wonder, how on earth will mere playgrounds come to save the bullied child's tragic day?

While playgrounds are usually perceived as breeding grounds for the bullies and the victims, recent studies commissioned by the Royal Bank of Scotland discovered that if playgrounds are redesigned to encourage children to relearn the basics of ethics, bullying incidences can decrease by up to 64%. Indeed, playgrounds of all forms - be it plastic, those that are found in the backyard alongside a tree house, or those that fall under the classic wooden wonders department - help develop children in a more real, practical and beneficial way.

Monday, January 6, 2014

How Playground Equipment Teaches Fathers the Paradoxes of Playing?

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He loves you wearing cap from his favorite baseball player, even if it annoys you. He would buy you toy cars, robots and lots and lots of books to read.

He teaches you to read even before pre-school does so. He buys shirts too large for you but still make you look innocently adorable. He loves cutting your hair too short because (according to him) it is a school rule. He would walk you to and from the school every single day without fail; always standing with a pair of spectacle shades clipped on. He patiently accompany you for hours of tiring play down the commercial playground nearby. He is your playmate bounded by blood. He is your hero more valuable than gold.  He is the man with the biggest heart and to whom you share the best adventures with – your father.

The world radically began when fathers were not seen as caretakers of the children, a role often vested in the mother. His influence was seen as minor, sometimes negligible and his importance was defined by how well he provided the family.