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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 …

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 …

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 …

In Montana, No child is left inside

No Comments 11:04 am Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

Look at this License Plate Now Available to Montana Residents!  “No Child Left Inside” National Wildlife Federation – September 25, 2012 Our children spend more than 50 hours a week indoors in front of electronic devices. That’s equivalent to a full-time job with 2 hours of five days’ over time! For just one day, turn off the TV and computer, unplug video games, leave your phone at home and go outside. Studies are consistently revealing that children who spend more time outside have better overall fitness, better eyesight, less stress, less depression, better grades, and a heightened awareness of the natural world. …

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 …

Born Wild, or mild?

No Comments 5:15 pm Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, Playsets, playsets outdoor

Modern research studies on child development have shown there are major benefits for healthy child development in unstructured outdoor play.  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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …