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The Consequences of Increased Screen Time for Kids During the Pandemic

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Aug 25, 2021 8:38:00 AM

When the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly arrived in March 2020 many kids across the U.S. went overnight from a normal childhood environment where technology had a limited role to a digital-first world with school districts shutting down and lockdowns preventing outside play.

While the lockdowns eased and some school districts got back to in-person learning, or hybrid approaches, in the fall of 2020, other areas of the country had kids learning online for a full year.

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Topics: kids health

Playing With Your Child

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Aug 9, 2021 11:16:00 AM

As an adult with responsibilities at work and at home, carving out time to play may seem like a luxury you can’t easily afford. But just as there are benefits for children playing outside with their peers, there’s also something to be said for parents spending time with their offspring at a local park or playground.

Read on for insight into why you will want to be playing with your child.

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Topics: childhood unplugged

Abstract Thinking and Young Children

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jul 11, 2021 8:54:00 AM

Young children are incredibly impressionable. Part of the reason they are so prone to fall in love with creative characters and over the top story lines—whether those are colorful puppets or clever puppy-dogs or princesses and pirates that are off to save the world.

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Topics: childhood unplugged

Inspecting Your Playground After a Flood

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jun 29, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Many Americans live, work, and play in areas prone to flooding with some estimates that 41 million people are exposed to flood risks on a yearly basis.

According to the Columbia Climate School, “In the past 20 years, flood-related disasters have cost the United States more than $845 billion in damages to homes, offices, and other infrastructure.”

Some of that infrastructure which can be flooded includes local parks and playgrounds.

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How Neighborhood Playgrounds and Parks Increase Your Home Value

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jun 29, 2021 8:34:00 AM

When communities consider building parks and playgrounds, they may naturally focus on the environmental benefits of creating green spaces or highlight the human aspect of projects that promote physical activity, social interaction, and mental well-being.

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The Top Four Reasons You Should Update Your Playgrounds Right Now!

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jun 22, 2021 2:16:00 PM

If you have been thinking about upgrading a playground at a school or park, right now is the perfect time to do so. There are many benefits associated with updating your playground in the summer, as well as updating at this specific point in time. Learning about these benefits can help you to see why now is the perfect time to move forward with your playground updating and replacement needs. 

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Topics: playground planning

Maintenance Tips for School Playgrounds

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jun 11, 2021 1:45:00 PM

If your school has designed and built an amazing playground, accessible to all ages and abilities, then the reward is the smiling faces of students as they play on it.

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Topics: playground safety

How to Plan the Perfect Field Day for Your School

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on May 15, 2021 2:24:00 PM

One of the many things that students and parents missed last spring was the cancellation of memory-making events such as Field Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: playground

Why Moms LOVE Playgrounds

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on May 7, 2021 4:21:05 PM

We think every DAY should be “Mother’s Day” but for over 100 years we have been officially celebrating moms on the second Sunday in May.

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Topics: Community Parks, outdoor play, playground

The Benefits of Installing a Shade Structure Over Playgrounds

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Apr 20, 2021 1:30:00 PM

If you are in charge of building a new playground or ordering playground equipment for a daycare or school, one of the decisions you may be facing is deciding whether to order a shade structure to go over the playground. A shade structure helps to block out the sun's ultraviolet rays, shielding kids and playground equipment from the sunlight.

Learning about the benefits that shade structures have to offer can help you decide if it is worth investing in one for your playground equipment. Here are a few of the benefits. 

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Topics: Total Park Design