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Friday, September 28, 2012

How to Choose Commercial Playground Equipment?

Playgrounds are fun. When a person thinks about them, the first thing that comes to mind is fun-filled play equipment and children. These are the prime accessories of the playgrounds. But the fun element will be at its peak only if you install the right play sets. For this, you need to consider certain factors before buying the equipment.

There are wide variety of play sets like play house, see-saw, swings sets, slide sets, climber and so on, made using metal, wood and plastic. You should select the one constructed with high quality material which can easily withstand harsh weather conditions.

The next thing that you should look for is the quality. Make sure the manufacturer of equipment you are choosing has IPEMA certification and the equipment is constructed it as per the guidelines defined by American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

While selecting the commercial playground equipment, you should also consider the safety of kids. Check if the manufacturer has installed hinges, railings, bars and other necessary anchors at the required places in the equipment. Also, ensure that there is no rough surface or pointy edge in it that can harm the kids.

Now that it has become mandatory to install ADA compliant play sets in the playground, it would be wise if you choose to purchase ADA playground equipment.

How to Create Safe Backyard Playground?

Creating backyard playground is certainly not an easy task. But if you plan wisely, you will be able to provide a safe and fun-filled private play area to your kids.

Firstly, you should search some of the backyard play sets on Internet that run high in fun factor. You know the size of your yard; go for the one which can easily fit in, leaving adequate space for kids to try other stuff too. If your backyard is smaller in size, you can look for medium sized swings, sandboxes and slides.

Choose the backyard play set after considering its quality and material used in designing it. Ensure that, it should be durable, strong and is constructed in adherence with the National Safety Standards including ASTM and CPSC guidelines.

Another aspect that you can consider while selecting outside playground equipment is the age of your kids. For instance if you have kids below 6 years of age then go for play sets like short slides and stumpy hollow. Install play equipment like dome climbers and swing slides if your kids are school goers.

For providing safe play area to kids, it would be a great if you install recycled rubber mulch in backyard playground. It provides cushioning surface and protect the kids from any probable injury. Recycled Rubber is long lasting and can be placed in the playground for comparatively longer time than any other surfacing option.

How to Keep Kids Safe on the Playground?

Are you worried about your kids' safety while they are exploring different play sets in the playground? You are not alone. Here are the certain tips that you can follow to keep the kids safe on the playground.
  1. Make your kids wear required safety gear like knee-pads & helmets when roller skating or riding a bicycle in the playground.
  2. Ensure your kids do not wear hoods, drawstrings and loose-fitting clothes to the playground as these would increase the risk of strangulation if they get stuck on any playground equipment.
  3. Make your kids play on only the equipment that is appropriate for them as per their age.
  4. Kids should wear tennis shoes with slip-proof bottoms to the playground. Do not let them wear shoes with sling-backs or open toes.
  5. Play set like public sandbox usually becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and hazards. Do not let your children to play in them.
  6. Playground structures can be infected with germs; therefore, it would be great if you make your kids wash their hands after playing on them.
  7. Playgrounds may have trash, broken glass and stray animals. Do not allow your children to play near these.
  8. Ensure that kids’ playground equipment adhere to the safety standards.

Avoid taking kids to a park that has asphalt, concrete, dirt or grass surface under the play set. Instead visit a playground which is covered with high quality mulch to minimize the risk of injury due to falls.
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Let the Kids Benefit from Playing Outside

The community playground or the church playground or even your backyard play area is nothing short of the great outdoors for kids. Children can benefit a lot from playing outside and soaking up all the good things benign nature has to offer on a good day.

Playing outside makes kids happy- always! Wouldn’t you agree that the usual ambiance in a park or a playground consists of squeals and laughter of happy kids with smudged faces and tangled hair? Unadulterated happiness! That is what playing outside brings to the kids. They laugh while running around and these activities give their hearts and lungs some healthy exercise. Added advantage of laughter- spruced up immunity against diseases!

A couple of hours every day in the park make kids more adventurous and outgoing. They will never hesitate from giving a shot to new experiences and will have a keener, sharper and fresher mind. Playing surrounded by nature brings them closer to it. They learn faster about natural phenomenon and learn to identify and appreciate flowers, birds and other elements of nature.

Outdoor play allows children to exert themselves and this healthy exertion of muscles helps them to grow better and never be prone to obesity. Playing helps them stay fit and reduces the risk of diseases like diabetes or other heart conditions. Another major health benefit of playing outside is the absorption of Vitamin D which is made possible by playing in the sun. Sun is the only source ofVitamin D and kids need this nutritional element to have healthy bones and muscles.

Encourage your kids to play outside and have unlimited fun on exciting outdoor playground equipment.

Steps to Follow for Creating a Playground

Kids just love to spend time in playgrounds. And obviously it is the best place where they feel free to enjoy in their own way! You must have seen fascinating playgrounds in various public areas that are a great combination of play sets and other amenities.

So, are you planning to design a playground for your little ones? If yes, then with the following simple yet essential steps you can give the best gift to your kids this time. Here are the steps that you need to ponder upon while creating a playground:
  • Types of Playground Equipment: Playground is incomplete without those attractive and fun filled playground equipment that add to its overall appeal. With the availability of a wide array of playground equipment, it is certainly not a difficult task to choose one. See-saw, sand box, dome climber, swing, play house, the list is endless! But make sure you install equipment that is popular among kids.
  • Age Brackets of Kids: When thinking to design a playground, factor in the age of your kids and install play sets that fall under their age bracket. As the designs of playground equipment differ in terms of the age of children so categorize it accordingly.
  • Design Your Playground in Compliance to ADA: As per the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, it is required to design public area's playground in a way that children, caregivers, parents and grandparents with special abilities have an easy access to it.
With the three simple steps given above, you can get success in creating a playground where kids would love to play! This information can be used even if you are designing a church playground. Equipment such as slides, swing sets, climbers and play houses can be installed in the playground that would give kids a great chance to enjoy while interacting with other children.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

King of the Castle

court-of-kidsToday we are featuring the Court of Kids Play System. It is a great, castle-themed structure that will keep kids imaginations flowing for hours!

With four slides, one of which is a double slide, and castle themed panels and roofs, kids are transformed into another era. The Court of Kids is one of my favorite structures because of the castle theme. What child doesn't love some aspect of a castle? Little girls want to be a princess and boys want to be knights and kings, defending their castle.

This structure is a fantastic opportunity to introduce castle history to children. I had the chance to visit an old castle in Northern Ireland a few years ago and as a college student I was fascinated. Kids will definitely love this one!
Monday, September 17, 2012

A Couple Features Today!

It is hard to believe that September is half way gone! Where did it go?! I know these last few weeks have been crazy for me, but I am happy to announce that I am back to bringing you the latest in playgrounds daily!

Before we feature today's product, I'd like to remind you all of the Pick of the Month! With September quickly coming to a close there are only two weeks left to take advantage of the deal on the Lightning Sailing Ship Play System!

Banana Split Play System
Today I would like to feature the Banana Split Play System. This is a simple play system that features two yellow slides, giving the structure its Banana Split name! It is a smaller structure that is perfect for a smaller space. It is also a very affordable price. With the age range being 2-12 years, this is a perfect system for places with a large age range of children.

Another bonus of the Banana Split Play System is that it is ADA compliant! Children of varying abilities are able to enjoy this play system as well!

Contact us today for more information on the Pick of the Month or the Banana Split Play System!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Guide for Buying Backyard Playground Equipment

If you are also planning to revamp your backyard with some new play sets, here is something for you. No doubt, choosing the right backyard equipment becomes quite challenging when you have a wide variety of options. Well, you can narrow down your choice on the basis of certain things that should be considered while picking up the play set.

Size of your backyard is one of the important factors that you should consider. Look for the play set on the online store that can perfectly fit in the yard. Make sure that there is adequate free space available between two play equipment. No matter whether you are going for plastic, metal or wooden set, ensure that its maker has the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) certification. This certificate means he distributes only superior quality backyard playground equipment.

After considering the quality of the play sets, you should focus upon the safety of your kids. Choose the equipment which is designed in accordance with the guidelines laid by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Also, all the pointy edges on the play sets should be properly covered to avoid any kind of injury to kids.

Definitely, you would like to spend your money on the play set that can stay in your backyard for years on end. So, it would be wise if you choose the background playground equipment that can be upgraded.