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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 …

Unscripted Joy

No Comments 27 Nov 9:10 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

There is no substitute for what takes place outdoors because the greatest joys of nature are unscripted. Since the 1970s the area in which children may roam without supervision has decreased by almost 90%. In one generation the proportion of children regularly playing in wild places in the UK has fallen from more than half to fewer than one in 10. In the USA, in just six years (1997-2003) children with particular outdoor hobbies fell by half. Eleven- to 15-year-olds in Britain now spend, on average, half their waking day in front of a screen. There are several reasons for …

Jumping Jack Splat

No Comments 30 Aug 8:31 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Here’s a fun game commonly named “Jumping Jack”.   My kids call it “Jumping Jack Splat” .   They like to play this while the younger kids use our backyard playground equipment.  Primary Age Group: 8-12 years Game Objective: In this kids outdoor game the kids have to dodge the jumping and bouncing balls. Game Learning:  Alertness, attention & physical agility, flexibility. No. of Players:  Probably at least 3 kids. Materials Required: 3 soft bouncy balls. A flat & clear surface. How to Play: Create an area with some sort of markers. The area should be large enough to freely …

Green essentials

No Comments 31 Jul 8:51 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

There is strong Evidence of benefit from contact with nature.  Outdoor experiences provide 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. Interestingly, contact with nature actually promotes healthier social behavior reducing social dysfunction, alleviating stress, improving resilience, promoting optimal psychological function, even improving recovery from physical trauma and  reducing early mortality rates. Wow, I am so thankful I was lucky enough to grow up in the woods of the Mississippi Valley in Iowa – watching my older sister climbing huge oak trees.  We …

Summer Game: “Shark”

No Comments 23 Jul 8:20 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

It’s vitally important that your kids get outdoors and play, even if you have XBox Connect / 360. Here’s a simple game (yes it’s a type of “tag”) that gets kids outdoors and moving. One child is the Shark, the other kids are fish. The “fish” are“safe” while on a beach towel or while in their “dens” (ad lib it). But when the Shark calls out, “Fishie, fishie, cross my ocean”, all the fish have to make it to another den without getting tagged. If you’re tagged you’re a shark too. The game’s over when there are no fish left. …

Contact with nature through play

No Comments 20 Jul 8:29 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

There is clinical importance to designing outdoor spaces to support children’s contact with nature:  In their book, Robin Moore and Clare Cooper Marcus review health threats that face many of today’s children, including sedentary behavior and ADD (attention deficit disorder); the benefits that contact with nature provides to children’s mental, social, and physical health; and todays’ barriers that limit children’s access to nature. The authors provide examples of designed environments, specifically in urban areas, that support children’s contact with nature, including examples of innovative childcare centers and preschools, school grounds, neighborhood parks, backyard playground equipment and community institutions. Moore and …

Summer Game Nights

No Comments 17 Jul 8:56 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

If you live near the Century City Plaza Mall in Los Angeles … check this out with your kids: Every Tuesday night on the Dining Terrace …  From 6pm-8pm come join in for fun with friends or people you just met. Games, prizes and other surprises await. Compete. Connect. Win! (….And it’s totally free!) The Main Event  Brought to you by Wise Guys Events:  July 24 – December Game: It’s Christmas in July and everyone gets a gift. But inside that gift is a smaller gift for someone else. Make sure they get delivered and you will receive a prize. July …

Pre-K prep 101

No Comments 13 Jul 9:19 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Lessons for Kindergarten Readiness  Following is a list of simple outdoor activities that parents can use to help prepare their four or five year old for kindergarten. Fun outdoor play ideas for younger children are well served with access to backyard playground equipment. Remembering that each child is unique. Some 4 year-olds will be ready for these physical activities right away while others will accomplish according to their own timing. At this age children learn best through play, and all of these activities should be introduced playfully.  Remember:  formal teaching comes later! Physical Development of Large (i.e. “Core”) Muscles: Encourage your …

Best in class

No Comments 22 Jun 8:21 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

All Gorilla™ wood swing sets are constructed of the highest quality grade wood, which is guaranteed naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage.  Plus, unlike other pre-cut and pre-packaged wooden swing sets, Gorilla™ incorporates solid framing and all-bolt construction, heavy-duty swing belts, accessories and slides.  All of their components provide maximum stability, longevity, quality and safety. All of these facts added together to their sum makes the Gorilla™ brand  outdoor wooden playsets the heaviest duty and best-valued pre-milled kits on the  market. Take a look at our variety of options and pricings of the best in class backyard playground equipment …

New Age meets Old School

No Comments 20 Jun 8:31 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping, Playsets

According to the CDCP (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it’s estimated that 17 percent (or more) of children and adolescent BMI (Body Mass Index) is far too high. These statistics are in large part due to the lack of time kids spend playing outdoors. A high body mass index increases the possibility of life altering health conditions that will undoubtedly shorten life expectancy by several years. Some of the illnesses associated with high BMIs include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and high cholesterol. When children play outside, they are far more likely to maintain a healthy weight …