After observing kids at a local childcare facility, we realized that 2- and 3-year-olds are reaching specific developmental milestones. They’re on the move (to say the least), and are stimulated by things that move! That’s why we created Smart Play: Motion, a new playstructure with lots of moving parts that’s scaled just right for developing toddlers and preschoolers. Kids get plenty of developmentally appropriate challenges with 16 interactive play events.
Kids can have fun anywhere, but even their lively imaginations can sometimes use a boost. Here are 20 great ideas for backyard play spaces you can buy or build.
When I was a child growing up near Seattle, the best time of the day was when I could go out to play at our local “playground,” aka, the woods behind my house. My friends and I reveled in discovering animal dens, climbing trees to see if there were eggs in the many bird nests, and for one glorious year, playing on a see saw created when one huge Douglas Fir fell over the remains of another and created a fulcrum that took us 15 feet into the air. You needed about 8 kids per side to get it to move, but it was amazing (until the lot owner cut it up for firewood the next summer). We would play long after the sun had begun to set, the air had chilled, and our skin had taken on the pink flush of kids engaged outdoors. It would take 2-3 times for our parents to successfully call us in for the night. The space was pure magic.
In Part 2 Step 1, we will discuss whether EN 1177 or ASTM F1292 laboratory tests are even needed and should we consider mandatory compliance field test requirement after installation of your surface system. If post installation field drop testing were to become a requirement of owner/operators prior to opening a playground to the public, maybe there should be consideration given for some form of mandatory follow-up compliance field testing at some reasonable interval throughout the life of the playground.
October 1, 2018 October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food. In 2010, Congress approved a resolution to...