Archive for Playgrounds

NRPA board retreat

NRPA NRPA board retreatEarlier this month I was in Houston for the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Congress and Expo 2013. The NRPA Board invited its partners and vendors to submit responses to five …

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No costumes required

image1 290x297 No costumes required Halloween is lurking just around the corner. It’s the time of year when children (and some adults) must make a serious decision: What costume to wear? Superhero? Villain? Mythical creature? Literary character?…

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Playgrounds are for learning

It is no secret playgrounds are great spots for families and children to play. Everyone knows kids like to climb and run. But because children also like to explore, imagine and create, …

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October is National Sensory Awareness Month

sensory processing do you know me 300x233 October is National Sensory Awareness MonthOctober is National Sensory Awareness Month – a time to celebrate our senses and raise awareness of sensory processing disorder.

According to the Sensory Processing Foundation, “sensory processing “ refers to …

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Since the mid-1970s, obesity rates among American children have tripled. However, recent research reports indicate that we may have turned the corner. The obesity rate for low-income preschool-age children declined between

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Making the case for recess

It is that time of year again. Children across the country are headed back to the classroom for another year of school. For many kids their day at school will include reading, …

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Seaford Manor School wins new playground

Third time was the charm for Seaford Manor Elementary School, located in Seaford, NY.  After coming in second in two playground contests, the school was recently named the winner of the Together …

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Inclusive play product focus: Triumph Climber

Designing an inclusive playground can be a significant challenge.  A great playground is one that offers children of all abilities the chance to test their motor skills.  Accessible playgrounds tend to only …

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