Category Archives: Best Outdoor

Pattern of decline for 3 generations

No Comments 20 Jul 11:07 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

In international interest for Nature Conservation, Denmark conducted a poll to investigate how 3  past generations of Danes experienced nature. As part of this poll, a representative sample of 1,000 parents of 5- to 12- year-old children and 1,000 adults between 55 and 70 years of age answered a series of questions about their or their children/grandchildren’s use of natural space and attitudes toward nature. In this report, Paltved-Kaznelson presents many interesting findings, highlighting the following:   In three generations, there has been significant decline in time that children spend outdoors in nature. For instance, 59% of grandparents reported visiting a natural setting every …

Smarter backyard playtime

No Comments 10:57 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

Alot of us are lucky enough to have fond childhood memories of the next-door-neighbor who had the nicest backyard swing set in town, with multiple forts, a spiral slide, glider swings and a rope ladder. Or maybe you (like me) grew up playing on a cheap metal swing set (that wasn’t even anchored properly) – you know the type – where the legs would tip up out of the ground when you swung too high – thrilling you, but worrying your parents. Whatever experience you remember, backyard play sets do provide hours of fun for kids, and often becomes a neighborhood refuge for playtime.  I …

Children’s Experiences of the Outdoors

No Comments 10:46 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

Exploration of Children’s Experiences:  Outdoors and Nature with Associated Risks and Benefits” Since 2009, “The Outdoor Foundation” has conducted a nationwide survey to examine youth participation in outdoor recreation. In 2009, The Outdoor Foundation conducted a nationwide survey of over 41,000 individuals between the ages of 6 and 25. Respondents under the age of 13 completed the survey with a parent, while respondents over the age of the 13 completed the survey themselves. In their report, The Outdoor Foundation outlines a number of key findings, including the following: 59% of 6- to 24 year-olds participated in outdoor recreation (defined as …

From Asphalt to Ecosystems

No Comments 6 Jul 10:56 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

Per the American Society of Landscape Architects – “Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation” This Book Received the Honor Award from ASLA.  It’s worth a read! This is an inspiring comprehensive book about the international green schoolyard movement and a call to action for improvements to children’s school environments to enhance their learning, play, and ecology.  This books celebrates 150 successful examples around the world. Compiled from the author’s decade of experience and research the book speaks to both community members as well as design professionals.  It has a lot of inspiring outdoor design ideas, practical tips, along with strategies for engaging school communities as stewards …

Building for Health, & Sustainability

No Comments 1 Jul 5:22 pm Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets

Recommended reading from the thoughtful collaborations of Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin and Richard J. Jackson. Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability This book follows the authors’ “Urban Sprawl and Public Health” to examine the present day need to create healthy places and reduce the health risks inherent in places already built. Drawing on the latest scientific evidence, with contributions from experts in a range of fields, “Making Health Places” imparts a wealth of practical information and demonstrated and promising solutions to commonly occurring problems. We recommend that parents encourage kids to get outdoors. Daily access to outside playground …

Relationship between children’s outdoor behavior & health / well-being

No Comments 4:38 pm Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets

Studies examing the relationship between children’s outdoor behavior and contact with nature along with their physical, mental, and social health and well-being show the bottom line as : Physical activity and exposure to nature are important to good health Author Affiliation: Jules Pretty is with the University of Essex in the UK. Pretty, J., Angus, C., Bain, M., Barton, J., Gladwell, V., Hine, R., et al. (2009). Outdoor play sets and outside playground equipment availability helps a lot! Nature, childhood, health and life pathways: University of Essex. The authors discuss the impact of urban design and green space in terms of …

Benefits to their health, & yours

No Comments 22 Jun 10:40 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

In examination of the relationship between children’s outdoor behavior and contact with nature along with their physical, mental, and social health and well-being, a recent research study reveals the bottom line : Physical activity and exposure to nature are fundamental to good health Author Affiliation: Jules Pretty is with the University of Essex in the UK: Pretty, J., Angus, C., Bain, M., Barton, J., Gladwell, V., Hine, R., et al. (2009). Outdoor playsets and outside playground equipment availability helps a lot! Nature, childhood, health and life pathways: University of Essex. In this review, Pretty and colleagues examine the role of physical activity and exposure to nature …

Biophilic – Uuh?

No Comments 10:25 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets, playset outdoor, Playsets, playsets outdoor

Had you heard the term “Biophilic”?   It caught our attention. According to a common encyclopedia: The biophilia hypothesis would indicate that there are instinctive bonds between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984).[1] He defines biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”. This is new book by by Stephen R. Kellert, Judith H. Heerwagen, and Martin L. Mador has a title that is a mouthful  —-> Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life This new book contains a series of essays which examine the design …

Balloon Busters

No Comments 17 Jun 5:30 pm Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

“Bust my Balloons, Big Boy”: The Goal is to pop the other players’ balloons – all the while keeping your balloon in its original, and pristeen condition. This game is even more fun if you have outside playground equipment to mix it up. Basic Rules: Players tie a string to the end of a balloon and then tie that string to their legs. Players run around trying to stomp, bust, or pop each others balloon without getting their own popped. The game works better if the playing field is on the smaller side like in your own backyard. This helps keep …

Giving back. Helping out.

No Comments 22 May 11:09 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

Encore:  Give back and helping is a win-win. Simply use the search key word “sport” to see dozens of worthwhile projects, as well as networks like “Family Nature Clubs”. All these organizations contribute meaning and long lasting impact through service and engagement Get involved by supporting children & youth sports in your community (or even across the globe) through a wide range of great organizations like “Right to Play”, “Nothing But Nets”, “Ball for All” and “GlobalGiving”.  . To further  gain a deeper baseline in the values and vision around the Olympic Games, see the excellent “Teaching Values: An Olympic …