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GameTime
Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 - 11:06am

GameTime, a leading manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, recently installed a Challenge Course at Walter G. Byers School. Byers is a K-8 school near downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. Like most schools who serve middle school-aged children, Byers faced a student population that was less active once they grew too old for the...

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 2:49am

By Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI, Executive Director International Playground Safety Institute, LLC April 20, 2016

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:13am

By Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI, Executive Director International Playground Safety Institute, LLC April 20, 2016

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Monday, April 25, 2016 - 12:49am

Is lowering the Head Injury Criteria (HIC) to 700 the magic number to reduce severity and frequency of fall related injuries? How many children have to be severely injured or die from a fall on the playground before we can justify some enhanced performance measurement for playground surfaces? Why are some questioning the use if the National...

playground at Earl M. Lawson Elementary in Leavenworth
by: Tim Mcnamara
Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 12:02am

Tim McNamara, CPSI, ABCreative Playground Renovation Addresses All Abilities of the Children After 15 years, the aging post and platform playground at Earl M. Lawson Elementary in Leavenworth, KS, had outlived its usefulness. Parts were becoming hard to find and with the school being the home for the district’s Functional Life Skills program,...

Jami Murdock
7 Elements of Play: Sliding
by: Jami Murdock
Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 7:50pm

We started our 7 Elements of Play series with swinging; this month, we’re focused on sliding. In general, sliding: Promotes leg-hip flexibility Encourages cooperation and following directions Develops spatial awareness Develops critical thinking skills So, exactly how does sliding do all of this? Sliding Helps Prevent W-Sitting

On Playfulness
Swings
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:21pm

When I write and teach about adult playgrounds, this is not what I mean: This seems more like my friend Christopher Noxon was writing about in his book Rejuvenile. Not that it's a bad thing, building oversized playgrounds so adults can relive their childhood. It's a genuine invitation to play. And it's fun.

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
Fall-related injuries
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016 - 2:15pm

Benefits of Risk vs Too Much Regulation vs Unintended Consequences - What is the magic number? Read Part 2 here.

One Thousand Playgrounds
by: Elizabeth Moreno
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 7:03pm

On January 25th, 2016, the Playground Ideas community reached its 1,000th playground. What started with a small band of volunteers building playgrounds along the Thai/Burma border in 2007 has grown into a global network of play advocates.

Jami Murdock
ABCreative Swinging
by: Jami Murdock
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 6:51pm

How can different elements of play help children be more successful in the classroom? Jami Murdock- In the area of early childhood development or preschool where I am a teacher, we focus on preparing the kids for their upcoming experience at school. Since children in preschool learn through play, playground activities are extremely important in...

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Jay
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 8:50pm

Jay Beckwith- Although I was an art major in college, I was also able to take a number of classes in psychology and early childhood education. This influenced my decision to go on to Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, one of the premier centers for early childhood educators.

Journey to Inclusion
Playcore
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:33am

Mara Kaplan- Building a community inclusive playground takes a lot of people, knowledge and funds. The idea often starts with a group of dedicated volunteers and their first step is research. They want to know what is already out there, how to raise money, how to select a site, all of that before they even get to how to make it inclusive.

On Playfulness
Bernie DeKoven
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

Bernie DeKoven- After publishing that post about the Ecological Imagination, I thought I had reached what you might call a conclusion. Maybe I was just getting tired of writing so much about imagination.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Jay
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 4:01pm

Jay Beckwith- Over the past five decades I have dedicated myself to creating play opportunities for children. Over the past dozen years I have become more involved in economics and particularly the housing crisis that resulted from the manipulations of Wall Street. After a lot of research I’ve come to see the “tiny house” phenomena as currently...

On Playfulness
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 3:57pm

Bernard De Koven- Finite play has a distinct beginning and end. It is most often expressed as performance, as an art form, a sport, a game, an entertainment conducted – all within a pre-ordained structure leading to some pre-conceived product or goal.

On Playfulness
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by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:00pm

Bernie DeKoven-Playgrounds of the imagination are open whenever we are. They are everywhere we are. We can visit them in bed, on a walk, in the woods, looking up, eyes open or closed. Even when our bodies are no longer as flexible as our minds are, we still have our imagination to keep us free and alive and full of wonder. Imagination. Such a...

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
ASTM Standards for Swing Safety
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 5:51pm

In Part 2 of Ken' Kutska's discussion of ASTM standards for playground safety, he explores the myths and facts surrounding the surfacing threshold debate.

Outdoor Exercise
by: Julius Francis
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 4:16pm

Things are constantly changing around us. I remember growing up as a kid being outside most of the time because WE HAD to be outside to find fun things to do. We would make up random games that involved jumping, running, and throwing things, and this was an everyday occurrence after school and on the weekends. As time passed, things started to...

by: Curtis Stoddard
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 3:44pm

By Curtis Stoddard, member of the Board of Trustees for the International Playground Contractors Association

Confessions of a Playground Guru
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 3:50pm

When someone says “adventure playground” I, and I suspect most people, have a vision somewhat like the one above and envision a playspace comprised mostly of junk and reclaimed lumber cobbled together into semi-permanent structures. The concept was first introduced in 1943 and not only do a few such playgrounds continue to exist but occasionally a...