Elements of an Inclusive Playground

We talk a lot about inclusive playgrounds, but what does that really mean? Let’s break down what it takes to create spaces like this that are truly for everyone. What Exactly Does It Mean? At its heart, inclusion means that all children are encouraged to participate. This means designs that incorporate safe, accessible equipment and an environment that invites teamwork and entertainment for all. In addition, they need to be.

Inspire Kids with Musical Playground Equipment

You already know that playgrounds are important for kids in many different ways, but were you aware that playground equipment can have musical elements, too? It’s never too early to inspire kids by providing them with musical playground equipment. What is Musical Playground Equipment? This equipment incorporates instruments into the play pieces, including keyboards and drums. They’re important for sensory play experiences. Kids love music, whether it’s clanging pots and.

When is it Time to Upgrade Your Playground Equipment?

Your playground looks quiet now, but Spring is upon us! Warm weather means kids will be ready for outdoor activities…but is your equipment ready for them? Let’s take a look at evaluating your play spaces and find out if it is time to upgrade your playground equipment? 1. Your Equipment is Over Ten Years Old While playground equipment longevity will vary, the average lifespan of most equipment is around ten.

The Top 6 Playground Trends for 2022

2021 saw a lot of changes in every aspect of our lives, including how our kids play and socialize on playgrounds. 2022 promises some changes of its own, from outdoor play equipment design to an increased emphasis on eco-friendly commercial play spaces. Here are the top playground trends for the new year. 1. Side-by-Side Play For All Generations Intergenerational play is beneficial for both adults and children alike. Children who.

6 Tips for How To Winterize Your Playground

It’s cold, but kids will never let that stop them from enjoying a day at the playground! The colder weather means you need to make sure your spaces are safe, and we’ve got 6 tips to help you do just that! 1. Address any Surfaces that Will Collect Ice Any spots on your playground’s surface that had water puddles throughout the year are prone to collecting ice now. Make sure.

Playground Design for Hearing Impaired Kids

Last month, we touched on creating playground spaces that are both accessible and inclusive. We’d like to dive in a little deeper into this topic this month and talk more about playground design for hearing impaired kids. The CDC estimates that 15% of kids have hearing loss at some level, with over 30,000 of these kids having a surgically implanted sound receiver known as a cochlear implant. While the implant.

What It Means to Have an Accessible & Inclusive Playground

  You may have heard the terms “accessible” and “inclusive” when you started your research to plan your playground, and you may think that these are the same concepts. While they are closely related, they have different meanings, like two sides of the same coin. So, what are the differences, and why are both equally important? Creating an Accessible Playground Accessibility in your playground design means choosing equipment and designing.

Give Your Students a Break: The Advantages of School Playgrounds

From slides and swings to seesaws and climbing equipment, school playgrounds give students an important outlet for creativity, physical activity, and just plain fun. Did you know that active play in a playground setting also encourages leadership skills and cooperative thinking? Here are the top five advantages of school playgrounds. School Playgrounds Decrease Stress and Anxiety Kids suffering from stress and anxiety often express fear over many parts of their.

Is Your Playground Ready for the Back-to-School Rush?

Now that summer is in the rear-view mirror, kids are back to school and looking for a little fun on crisp fall days. Whether your playground is on school grounds or in a park, you’re going to see more kids playing on your equipment. Is it ready for the influx? Playground Inspection: The Grounds While fun is the first priority for kids, safety is the first priority of playground maintenance..

5 Reasons Sports Are Important for Childhood Development

There’s nothing cuter than a field full of tiny tots playing a sport. On the surface, it’s just a great way for kids to be active and have fun, but did you know that playing sports is an important part of childhood development? Let’s look at five reasons why sports play such an important role in child development. 1. Valuable Life Skills Being a part of a team encourages the.

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