Tag Archives: backyard playsets

Good, better, best

No Comments 20 Jul 11:17 am Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

If you and your friends don’t have access to outdoor playsets or outside playground equipment then it is very probable that a neighborhood park or school is convenient for your family . Why?  Because … Playing outdoors is an invaluable activity for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, grade schoolers … not to mention teens as well as adults. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers’ healthy development is essentially based upon sensory-motor skills. Besides the obvious health benefits, as kids grow up, playing outside will encourage decision processing – (executive functioning) – as well as their curiosity – which is then naturally followed with real concrete knowledge.  Children need to develop …

Pattern of decline for 3 generations

No Comments 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 …

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

No Comments 1 Jul 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 …

Biophilic – Uuh?

No Comments 22 Jun 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 …

High energy put to constructive use

No Comments 28 May 12:30 pm Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

We adopted six kids. They’re close in age and all high energy. The youngest two wake at the crack of dawn. I think they can hear me roll over in bed. New parents be forewarned that all years (prior to college) are (each) uniquely tough for parents. Daily, 24/7, I am propelled from a horizontal state straight into full throttle mode. Ironically, the drive time to and from schools, tutors and work have helped save my sanity on many days – plus any chance to hang out with a bottle of good white wine with good friends in the evening. …

Born to be wild

No Comments 24 May 5:12 pm Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

Research has consistently shown that there are major benefits for healthy child development in unstructured outdoor play. Yet, unfortunately there is a strong sense among today’s parents that it’s unsafe for children to play unsupervised. Some urban communities are trying to graft a slice of wild and unpredictable wilderness into a safe, secure playground near you.  In such places, children can explore outdoor streams, rocks, wild grasses, bushes, branches and hilly mounds – even if the rugged, varied topography has to be newly constructed on top of an otherwise ordinary landscape. These new park areas allow for risk in play, but …

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 …

Essentials by Mother Nature

No Comments 21 May 10:26 am Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

Evidence of many benefits from direct contact with nature. Contact with nature actually promotes healthier social behavior while reducing social dysfunction, alleviating stress, improving resilience, promoting optimal psychological function, even improving recovery from physical trauma and  reducing early mortality rates. Outdoor experiences provide many proven benefits to our general health showing that green environments are in fact essential to human health, and especially to our childrens’ health and wellness. I’m thankful to be lucky enough to have grown up in the woods of the Mississippi Valley in Iowa, watching my older sister climbing huge oak trees. We even raised a …

Navigator Outdoor play sets

No Comments 20 May 11:01 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Play sets, playset outdoor, playsets outdoor

Navigator from Gorilla outdoor play sets : These Cedar Wood Outdoor Playsets feature: Dimensions: 19’W x 11’H x 18’D Platform – 4’ x 6’ Platform Height – 5’ Wiki Wave Slide™ Rock Wall with Climbing Rope Deluxe Rope Ladder Monkey Bars with Heavy-Duty Metal Rungs Safe Entry Ladder Belt Swings – 2 Trapeze Swing Built-In Picnic Table Sandbox Tic-Tac-Toe Panel Steering Wheel Play Telescope Flag Kit Safety Handles Tongue & Groove Wood Roof featuring a Sunburst, Dormers and a Chimney 4×4 Solid Wood Framing 4×6 3-Position Swing Beam with Timber Shield™ Maintenance-free Timber Shield™ covering on main beams Available in …