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Sudbury Schools, where play and learning go hand in hand
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:08am

Recently, while researching models of play and learning, I came upon an articleUnknown Object on the Psychology Today blog. It stated “the alert, unstressed condition of the playful mind is precisely the condition that has been shown repeatedly, in many psychological experiments, to be ideal for learning and developing skills.”It went on to say...

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Inappropriate play on playground equipment
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 1:01am

This column continues my thoughts on using a hazard based approach to equipment performance and safety. Where does the responsibility lie for children's safety on the playground? Playground owners? Playground managers? Designers? Safety inspectors? Yes!

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The Periodic Table of 21st Century Play - by Laura Richardson
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 1:01am

As we discussed in our last column, Laura Richardson’s insightful The Periodic Table of 21st Century Play poster can a powerful tool in the hands of designers and communities when they seek to create truly human and engaging places that support play. As an illustration of how this can work, I will use Laura’s 11 categories, which she refers to as...

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American Journal of Play
by: The Strong
Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 9:57am

Video game play may help promote job-related skills, help teach people complex tasks and abilities, and battle declining mental facilities in old age, according to an examination of video game research published in the most recent issue of The Strong’s American Journal of Play. Authors Adam Eichenbuam, research and teaching assistant University of...

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Gentrification
by: Dr. Kwame M. Brown
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:35am

I’m going to show you this video and then we are going to have a conversation about it. Not because I want to. But because we need to. This video from Mission San Francisco is indicative of so much, including the erosion of play, cultural exchange, and true community. It is partially an example of entitlement bred by financial wealth and the...

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The Life of Recycled Tires: From Road Rubber to Rubber Mulch
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 11:44am

Each year over 290 million tires are discarded in the U.S. alone and disposing of all those old tires can be a big challenge for a lot of reasons. When used tires are sent to the landfill they cause numerous problems for both the landfill operators and the environment. Intact tires in a landfill tend to float to the surface of the trash heap where...

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Receptacles Before Refurbishment by Witt Industries
by: The Armor Group
Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 9:32am

Two municipalities in Ohio recently worked with Witt Industries to refurbish their benches and waste receptacles. One was a major metropolitan city, while the other was located in a suburban setting. Both municipalities had the goal of reducing costs while maintaining an appealing atmosphere in their downtown and parks areas. Witt was able to...

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Playground Magazine Fall 2014
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 - 3:20pm

Playground Professionals is pleased to announce that the Fall 2014 issue of Playground Magazine is now available to be read online. This issue is packed with great information about children and movement!

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Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
by: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 - 3:06pm

Silver Spring, Md. (September 9, 2014) – The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation(HWCF), a CEO-led organization driving a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce childhood obesity, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today the back-to-school launch...

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Rocket Ship surfacing - Rocky Ridge Elementary - No Fault Sport Group
by: No Fault Sport Group
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 - 2:44pm

No Fault Sport Group partnered with Giffen Recreation to install our poured-in-place rubber surfacing at Rocky Ridge Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala. The school wanted a “space theme” for their new playground. No Fault designers created a pattern including a terra cotta red and purple rocket ship, and yellow stars on top of a blue sky...

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Nature Play and Learning Places Guidelines
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 - 2:07pm

PlayCore is pleased to announce the release of Nature Play and Learning Places: Creating and Managing Places where Children Engage with Nature, a collaborative project between one of our longtime research partners, the Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University, The National Wildlife Federation, and a host of leading...

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by: Brian Devore
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 - 1:21pm

It has happened more than once in my 25 years teaching. A classroom teacher walks into the gym and says, “Hey, can you have them just run around a bunch and let them burn off some energy?” Or another classic, “It must be nice just to run recess all day.” If you have taught elementary physical education long enough, you have heard those lines and...

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Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:39am

Richmond, BC September 25th, 2014 WhiteWater Attractions unveiled a brand new project at the 2014 AZA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida along with Eric Stephens, Zoo Miami Director, and representatives from PCL Construction, the main contractor for the latest expansio

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Risk taking play on playground equipment
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:53pm

This month I will discuss an emerging trend in playground equipment standards development. The focus of the hazard based approach is to embrace reasonable foreseeable playground related injuries regardless of what the equipment might be called, what specific category it appears to fit into, or what the equipment looks like. The United Kingdom’s...

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PlayCore
Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 2:05pm

PlayCore Holdings, Inc. (PlayCore), a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products and servicestoday announced the acquisition of Fountain People, Inc. and its aquatic playground division Water Odyssey.

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Project Fit America, STRIVE award sponsored by AIG
Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:26am

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) thanks AIG for presenting the 2014 STRIVE Organization of the Year Award. This award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids by promoting responsible health and safety within their...

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Toro Announces ‘Green Spaces Make Great Places’ Grant Program
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:34pm

Part of what makes a good community great are the green spaces for families, friends, neighbors and community members to enjoy. To help improve outdoor environments like neighborhood parks, playgrounds and other great spaces, Toro has launched “Green Spaces Makes Great Places” (http://bit.ly/GreenSpacesGreatPlaces). This second annual community...

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The Pepper Family Accessible tree-house
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 1:59pm

“Imagine if you could create a world for your children, one that they would never forget...a magical tree house land filled with action, excitement and squeals of delight, a tree house, fueled by make-believe and the imagination of the young or a tree house inviting journeys to far-off lands, yet still safe to explore...Imagine that your children...

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Courtesy of Freenotes Harmony Park
by: Butch DeFillippo
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:57am

My staff and I conduct playground safety audits all over the country and we often find confusion (by owners, designers, users, and maintenance crews) on what type of equipment should be reviewed to the playground standards. My hope is that the following article can provide some clarification to the confusion. As with many aspects of life, there is...

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National Toy Hall of Fame Reveals 12 Toy Finalists
by: The Strong
Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 1:08pm

The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, today announced the 12 finalists for induction into the hall: American Girl dolls, bubbles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess Toy Trucks, little green army men, My Little Pony, Operation Skill Game, paper airplane, pots and pans, Rubik’s Cube, Slip’N Slide, and Teenage Mutant Ninja...

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