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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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …