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.
Topics: Outdoor Classroom, Child Development, STEAM
As the school year winds down, Field Day is one thing teachers and students look forward to. Field Day is a time-honored tradition in almost every school, and it offers a special opportunity for kids at all grade levels to interact, compete in a friendly environment, and show off their athletic abilities.
Topics: Childhood Unplugged, Child Development
Inclusive playgrounds are essential to modern communities, providing opportunities for children of all abilities to play, learn, and grow together.
These accessible spaces cater to the unique needs of every child, ensuring that physical, mental, and learning disabilities do not limit their enjoyment and participation.
Topics: Inclusivity, Child Development
It's no secret that play and physical activity are essential ingredients for a child's growth and development. But what if your neighborhood is lacking a space for children to run, climb, and explore?
Topics: Community Parks, Playground Design & Planning, Child Development
Playgrounds should help children understand the world around them and master skills they need to succeed in life. Many playgrounds only focus on physical play, but they should also create opportunities for other types of play.
When designing a playground, it’s important to think about how it will allow children to use their minds and bodies to interact with others and the environment.
Topics: Playground Design & Planning, outdoor learning, Child Development
It is understood that exercise goes hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle overall. Therefore, one way to get more out of your park investment is to incorporate fitness equipment either designed for adults, kids, or both to use when visiting.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that for overall health or to maintain healthy levels, adults should do between 150 and 300 minutes of physical activity (moderate) weekly along with between 75 and 150 minutes of physical activity (aerobic) in the same time span.
Topics: Play & Fitness, Pediatric Health & Wellness, Mental Health, Child Development
Playgrounds are very popular because they help to enhance child development. Playgrounds as a whole help to encourage children to socialize, exercise, increase their coordination, and use imaginative play.
Topics: Custom Playground, outdoor learning, Child Development
Designing a playground structure can be overwhelming. There are so many types of equipment out there, that you may find yourself wondering what you need on your playground and why.
Topics: Custom Playground, Play & Fitness, Playground Design & Planning, Recess, Child Development
Making a school playground inclusive is an all-in intentional effort. It’s more than building a ramp. While providing universal access is a major part, it's only a head start. The structures and equipment within the area need to encourage and challenge every child no matter what his or her abilities.
Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness, Inclusivity, Child Development
As adults going through a typical day, we often take our senses for granted. But remember back to when you were a child, and you never knew what wondrous sight, smell, or sound was awaiting you. You formed your opinions of foods by how they tasted, or in some cases how they smelled or felt.
Topics: Inclusivity, Child Development, Sensory Play