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Confessions of a Playground Guru
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015 - 3:53pm

A recent discovery by Jay Beckwith - the majority of what we adults do when designing for play has little to do with what children seek and is for the most part about what adults expect. Jay has created a chart that is useful when designing from the learner’s needs rather than the adult’s expectations.

Play and Playground Magazine Spring 2015 Construction issue
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 1:01am

We’ve always been about play – we just didn’t have it in our title! Playground Magazine is now Play and Playground Magazine! And the latest issue - Spring 2015 - is now available to be read for free online.

Have You Heard?
Expression Swing by GameTime
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:56pm

Every once in a while something comes along in the playground industry that not only changes the game, but makes us all proud to be a part of such a wonderful endeavor – the Expression Swing.

On Playfulness
Paul Klee PlayArt
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 - 2:56pm

Bernie DeKoven challenges playground designers: That a “good” playground is not just a place where children or adults can exercise safely, but even more, an environment that is conducive to play, to playful, creative, social, physical, intellectual, spellbinding play.

Journey to Inclusion
Developmental Disability Awareness Month
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:38am

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Here are some suggestions for you to help promote awareness this month.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Rubber mats under swings
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 1:01pm

Jay Beckwith, playground safety expert, suggests rubber safety surfaces increase injuries on the playground. Do you agree? Join the discussion.

The Anarchy Zone
Snow tunnel at Fire and Ice Event
by: Rusty Keeler
Posted: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:00am

Rusty Keeler reports - Well, we’ve done it again. Another successful and fun Fire and Ice Festival at the Anarchy Zone and Ithaca Children’s Garden. That’s right: we need play in winter just as much as summer (maybe more - winters in upstate NY are long and cold!)

On Playfulness
Darumaotoshi(w:ja:だるま) Photographed on 7 January 2006. Source: Photographed by Bpw
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 3:06pm

The discovery that we can get ourselves to play (or playfulness, or find some way to have something like fun with it all) – almost whenever we want, almost with whatever we feel like playing – is profound and empowering.

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
Certified Playground Safety Inspector
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 3:01pm

Over the past few weeks a series of comments and questions related to the CPSI examination process have surfaced on one of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) social/professional networks appropriately named, NRPA Connect. As I reviewed the questions and comments, the primary concern or issue is the requirement to re-certify by...

Updates from IPEMA
Follow IPEMA at the 2015 Conference on the Value of Play
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 8:33am

We are in Clemson, South Carolina for US Play Coalition’s 2015 Conference on the Value of Play! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
ThudGuard helmet
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 3:18pm

I recently posted this image of the ThudGuard helmet on the Linkedin Playground Safety: Balancing Play Value & Injury Prevention group and asked what the members thought about it. After the predictable bout of mocking, the discussion became quite interesting.

Playsafe and Live Well!
Playground | Playground Design
by: Butch DeFillippo
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 - 11:11am

A Superintendent of Parks for a municipal government, shares his experience with playground design. Designing a playground? This is a must read.

Updates from IPEMA
International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:48am

We are so excited to be a sponsor of US Play Coalition’s 2015 Conference on the Value of Play. This conference is an opportunity to share how others implement innovative strategies to engage their community in play.

Have You Heard?
Creativity is contagious, pass it on - Albert Einstein
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:45am

There is a myth that work and play are entirely separate from one another. We work, and then we play. Work hard, play hard. Get one done efficiently so you have time for the other. But what about the creativity needed to be most efficient at work?

Confessions of a Playground Guru
A new baby seat that comes with an iPad mount has some parents and experts worried that children that age are far too young to be getting screen time.
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:43am

Over the past year there have been many articles written about the impact of screen time on children. Such concerns are nothing new. In the ’50s, many of the same dire predictions where rampant over the impact of TV. Interestingly, some of those predictions, such as kids becoming more sedentary on one hand and more informed on the other, turn out...

On Playfulness
Albert Einstein
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:40am

Trying to make something fun implies that in your heart of hearts you believe it isn’t. Which is why it never works. Not in the long run. Think of the last diet you were on. I know, you probably did your best to make it fun, to, how they say, “gamify” it into a long-term commitment. Maybe you counted calories, or set goals, or joined a club of...

Updates from IPEMA
Voice of Play Board of Advisors, Teresa Hendy
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:34am

The Voice of Play Board of Advisors, comprised of industry experts, supports IPEMA’s efforts to increase the quality and quantity of children’s play and playgrounds. Teri Hendy brings extensive knowledge of the standards and guidelines that apply to the playground industry.

FreeDigitalPhotos - “Wheelchair” by ponsulak
by: John McGovern
Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 1:50pm

John McGovern gives a clear understanding of the accessibility requirements for playgrounds as directed by the Americans With Disabilities Act. How do the rules apply to local government playgrounds, privately owned playgrounds, church playgrounds, and HOA playgrounds?

Journey to Inclusion
Photo by Vlado - Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:25am

2014 has been another great year for inclusive play. For those sceptics that say that inclusive play is a fad, the numbers do not agree with you. I estimate that just over 100 new inclusive playgrounds opened in United States and Canada this year.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Image courtesy Roel Crul of Vorm en Ruimte, the Netherlands
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 - 9:43am

My recent article for Playground Magazine dealt with the materials technology of playgrounds. One of the materials I mentioned was the trend toward using more naturals such as logs, plants, and rocks, etc. I needed a good image of a playscape to illustrate this and reached out to a Linkedin group I belong to, Natural Playgrounds. In addition to a...