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Children’s Experiences of the Outdoors

No Comments 20 Jul 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 …

Take your kid outside week

No Comments 6 Jul 11:16 am Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

 Per Sarah Lindenfeld Hall regarding “Take a Child Outside Week”  (September 19, 2012) “Take a Child Outside Week” is part of an international movement started by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Every year between Sept. 24 to Sept. 30 this new holiday week’s goal is to raise awareness of the importance of kids getting plenty of time outdoors – and to make sure they get outside to celebrate.  This annual celebration was inspired by Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” which sparked a national debate about kids and nature.  Read what its organizers say about getting kids outside …

Reliable resources: 2 quotes of note

No Comments 10:52 am Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

 – Cheryl Charles of the “Children & Nature Network”  :  “All of us share a sense of common purpose. We represent many, many others—some we know, and others we have never met. People throughout the world are increasingly connected by a resonance and passion, to create a new common sense for the good health of children today and generations to come.” — Washington Post, June 2007 : “Concerns about long-term consequences—affecting emotional well-being, physical health, learning abilities, environmental consciousness—have spawned a national movement to ‘leave no child inside.’ In recent months, it has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, …

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 …

Higher API-s

No Comments 4:57 pm Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets

“Nature-Smart” Kids Get Higher Test Scores on their APIs. The American Institutes for Research® has conducted a study recently, submitted to the California Department of Education, on the impact of residential outdoor education programs. The focus was on at-risk youth, 56% of whom reported never having spent time in a natural setting. Comparing the impact on students who experienced the outdoor education program versus those in a control group who had not had the outdoor learning experience, results were statistically significant. Major findings were: 27% increase in measured mastery of science concepts; enhanced cooperation and conflict resolution skills; gains in …

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 …

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 …

Favorite Outdoor Play Sets

No Comments 4:57 pm Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

One of the all time favorite outdoor play sets from Gorilla Play Sets & Backyard Play Sets : – TREASURE TROVE – These outdoor playsets are among the best outdoor playsets in the Outside Playground Equipment category made by Gorilla Outdoor Playsets ! Playsets Outdoor – TREASURE TROVE – Premium Features Include : 1st Level Platform – 5’ x 5’ Height – 5’ 2nd Level Platform – 2.5’ x 5’ Height – 7’ Clatter Bridge and Tower Safe Entry Ladder Extreme Wave Slide Radical Ride Tube Slide Swing Beam Positions – 3 Swing Belts – 2 Trapeze Swing Glider Swing (Bonus Item) …

It’s Warm Outside!

No Comments 4:49 pm Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

Have a backyard party for your kids and include outdoor playsets and outside playground equipment to expand your options. You don’t need a pool or even a water slide for warm weather fun. A lawn sprinkler and someone to supervise its  water faucet. Ages Sprinkler games are simple fun for kids of all ages. How to Play One person is “it” and controls the water faucet. The children just play around the water sprinkler. When “it” turns on the sprinkler, everyone must freeze and get sprinkled on until “it” turns the water off. The last person to move gets to be “it.” Variations If the children are …

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. …