Monthly Archives: November 2012

No parent will deny.

No Comments 30 Nov 10:55 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

No parent can deny that there’s something about the great outdoors that kids just can’t resist. When the weather outdoors is perfect, you will see them making their way outside via the nearest exit. Whether they are outside enjoying the beautiful sky and fresh air or just trying to avoid doing house chores, their playtime can really be enhanced with backyard playground equipment. Since they provide endless hours of creative and active play,  your children can use their outdoor play sets all year long. Outdoor playground equipment is a terrific asset for homes with any kind of yard space, no matter …

Your family, your needs

No Comments 29 Nov 10:50 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

Outdoor playsets come in a range of sizes and formats. Some cater to younger children alone while others are better suited for older kids. There are also styles that grow with the child. When shopping for an outdoor playset, you will find that there are a lot of factors that will influence your decision, and ultimately lead you to purchase the right playset for your family’s needs. Your Family dynamics: When you understand the unique needs of your family, you can far better determine the type of playset to accommodate them. With young children, simple outdoor playhouses with climbing stairs, a …

Without a feel…for the natural world

No Comments 28 Nov 10:04 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Studies in several nations are revealing that childrens’ games are far more creative in green places, rather than in concrete playgrounds. Natural spaces encourage imagination, fantasy and role-play, followed by reasoning and observation. Interesting children at play in a green environment influences their social standing among piers in that children (in a natural environment) depend less on physical dominance, more on inventiveness and language skills. Perhaps forcing children to study so much, rather than running wild in the woods and fields, is counter-productive. And so, here we meet the other terrible loss. Most of those who fight for nature are in …

Unscripted Joy

No Comments 27 Nov 9:10 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

There is no substitute for what takes place outdoors because the greatest joys of nature are unscripted. Since the 1970s the area in which children may roam without supervision has decreased by almost 90%. In one generation the proportion of children regularly playing in wild places in the UK has fallen from more than half to fewer than one in 10. In the USA, in just six years (1997-2003) children with particular outdoor hobbies fell by half. Eleven- to 15-year-olds in Britain now spend, on average, half their waking day in front of a screen. There are several reasons for …

Let’s get Clinical

No Comments 8:05 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

Clare Cooper Marcus and Robin Moore have done extensive research into the health threats facing today’s children, including sedentary behavior and Attention Deficit Disorder, outlining the benefits that contact with nature provides to children’s mental, social, and physical health, highlighting todays’ barriers that limit children’s access to nature. Bottom line: There is clinical importance to designing outdoor spaces to support children’s contact with nature:  The extensive research by Marcus and Moore provides examples of well-designed outdoor environments, specifically in urban areas, that support children’s contact with nature, including examples of innovative childcare centers and preschools, school grounds, neighborhood parks, backyard playground equipment and community …

Practice on a Putting Green

No Comments 26 Nov 10:30 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

If you are an avid golfer, the more availability and options you have, the better.  We recommend that you look into an excellent selection of high quality practice putting greens available from SynLawn and Pelz. Practice greens often can’t reproduce the same kind of real life scenario as real greens because they are usually located away from obstacles such as trees (which affect wind) that can affect your putting. The practice green at your local golf course is usually not at the top of a greenskeeper to-do list, so its surface may not simulate a good putting experience. You could try to …

Keep hope alive.

No Comments 10:14 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation …observed in their survey of 2,000 Danes… that: 59 per cent of grandparents reported daily visits to a natural setting during the summer as children, as compared to… 26 per cent of children today report visiting a natural setting every day …. Also, four hundred German and Lithuanian high school students participated in research that found “children’s emotional affinity towards nature was a significant predictor of children’s willingness for pro-environmental commitment.” While, for 98 per cent of Australian children, watching TV or videos out of school hours remains the most common recreational activity of …

Ecology & Hope

No Comments 9:47 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Most youth today have limited direct experience with the out-of-doors. If they are outdoors, the experience is more likely to be in organized sports, often on asphalt play grounds. Generally, the defining experience of today’s children is indoors, at home, in school or in a car. Shuttled from school to church to soccer to dance class to day camp, most of our kids are, with all good intentions on the part of parents, teachers and care givers, being given a virtual, vicarious, electronic, passive and cocooned experience of childhood. Or worse, they are left alone, under “virtual house arrest,” left …

Lagging

No Comments 25 Nov 8:56 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Distance putting drills refine the feel for speed on practice putting greens: “String It Out” Thank you to reknowned golf instructor Neil Wilkins for this “lag putting drill”.  Its basics follow in summary: 1. Cut pieces of string (as many as you like), each about three feet long. 2. Lay the strings out evenly on one of your favorite practice putting greens.  Each string should be approximately 3 feet apart, and across a well chosen putting line. 3. Start about 10 feet behind the first string. Putt a ball and try to roll it just beyond the first string. Putt a second …

Not a Lefty?

No Comments 21 Nov 8:03 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Since most of us our right-handed it is no surprise that most golf putts are missed to the left. Practicing will help prevent this. So, get on your way to one of your favorite practice putting greens and master awareness of your posture, positioning and follow-through. After you have struck each & every putt be certain that you hold the follow through for at least 6 seconds. This alone will give you time to check the following factors: 1. Is your body still in its original position? 2.  Is the putter head path still on line to its target? 3. Is the …