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Smarter backyard playtime

No Comments 20 Jul 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Favorite Outdoor Play Sets

No Comments 17 Jun 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) …

How much daily exposure?

No Comments 31 May 10:39 am Author: Richard Category:outdoor playsets, Play sets, playsets outdoor

Exposure to nature is one of the key fundamentals of a meaningful life. But, how much exposure to nature and outdoor environments is necessary to ensure a child’s development and a healthy life? To have a healthy emotional and physical life requires contact with nature. The published research evidence  is overwhelming: exposure to nature lowers blood pressure, stress and alters mood in positive ways, enhances cognitive functioning, and in many ways makes us happier. We don’t really know absolutely but it may be that we need to quantify what is necessary. Are there such things as minimum daily requirements of nature? …

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. …