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Finding Balance: Nurturing Your Child's Well-being with Screen Time and Outdoor Play

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on February 21, 2024

In today's digital age, finding the right balance between screen time and outdoor play is a challenge many parents face. While technology offers endless entertainment and educational opportunities, the benefits of spending time outdoors on a playground are equally important for a child's physical, mental, and emotional development.

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Topics: Childhood Unplugged Mental Health Outdoor Classroom Child Development

Enriching Education: Integrating Outdoor Play into Lesson Plans with May Recreation

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on February 8, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the importance of outdoor play in enriching learning experiences has become increasingly evident. As educators seek innovative ways to engage students and promote holistic development, incorporating outdoor play into lesson plans has emerged as a powerful strategy.

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Topics: Outdoor Classroom outdoor learning Child Development

Crafting Wonderland: A Guide to Designing a Toddler-Friendly Playground

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on January 17, 2024

Playtime is a crucial aspect of a toddler's development, shaping their physical, cognitive, and social skills. Designing a playground tailored to the needs of these little explorers requires careful consideration and a commitment to safety and engagement.

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Topics: Playground Design & Planning Child Development

Learning Through Play Outdoors: Fun Games for Kids

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on October 20, 2023

Outdoor play is not just “fun and games” but an essential part of a child’s development.

“No matter what the weather brings, playing outside is good for kids,” says HealthyChildren.org. “There is scientific evidence that playing outside improves health, and children of all ages love it.”

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Topics: Outdoor Classroom outdoor learning Child Development

The Power of Play: 7 Benefits of Sports and Teamwork for Children

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on September 22, 2023

Participation in team sports is not just about the joys of running around outside, scoring goals, smacking baseballs, and making game-saving tackles – it’s a powerful tool for the development of physical, mental, and social skills in children.

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Topics: Play & Fitness Pediatric Health & Wellness Mental Health Child Development

Scaling New Heights: Exploring the Role of Climbing in Child Development

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on August 17, 2023

Climbing is an instinct that traverses the animal and human kingdoms and for good reasons. While animals may climb for food and basic survival, humans find climbing to be a fun and thrilling experience that helps their mental development. Let’s leap into the benefits of climbing for youngsters.

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Topics: Play & Fitness Child Development

Unleashing Creativity: The Magic of Sensory Panels on Playgrounds

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on July 5, 2023

As screen time becomes more and more tempting for both children and parents, the importance of engaging in outdoor play remains as imperative to growth and development as it's ever been. In some ways, playgrounds haven't changed; they continue to offer opportunities for exploration and adventure, supporting physical, emotional, and social development in children.

In other ways, though, innovation in recent years has transformed playgrounds, making them more inclusive - and even therapeutic - for all children, but especially those with sensory disabilities. This is critical as we're becoming more aware of the prevalence of sensory processing disorders. One of those innovations is the addition of sensory panels.

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Topics: Inclusivity Child Development

Unleashing Joy and Creativity: The History of the Playground

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on June 20, 2023

Playgrounds hold a special place in our childhood memories—a realm where imagination takes flight, friendships are forged, and endless laughter fill the air. But have you ever wondered about the origins of these magical spaces?

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Topics: Custom Playground Playground Design & Planning Child Development

Intergenerational Play: Building Strong Connections Across Generations

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on June 2, 2023

Today’s children have fewer siblings and better connections to their grandparents. Fostering intergenerational play, then, may be one of the best ways for families to find themselves connecting those links. In many instances, both parents work, and households are single-parent-led.

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Topics: Play & Fitness Child Development

Helping Children Embrace STEAM Principles With Playground Experiences

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on May 22, 2023

Many parents and educators are familiar with the term STEM, which is an acronym for “Science,” “Technology,” “Engineering” and “Mathematics.” These concepts are a foundational aspect of learning that helps students succeed across the board. STEM is designed to allow young people to gain real-world knowledge using these principles through hands-on applications and immersive experiences.

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Topics: Outdoor Classroom Child Development STEAM

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