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Helping Children Make Friends at the Playground

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Apr 8, 2022 11:21:00 AM

Whether you’re a parent, caregiver or teacher, it’s only natural to want all of the children in your life to have plenty of friends and fun growing up. As an adult, it’s likely you’ve seen kids struggle to make friends—even in a playground or group setting. However, with a bit of guidance, compassion and knowledge, you can assist youngsters with making new friends and getting along with others, which are skills that serve them for a lifetime.

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Topics: Childhood Unplugged, Pediatric Health & Wellness, outdoor learning

Getting Your Playground Ready for Springtime!

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Feb 9, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Springtime means more outdoor time -- and not a moment too soon! While playgrounds are known for being spaces for kids, they are just as valuable for the adults in their lives, too. Playgrounds invite parents to get active with their kids, bring them outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunlight, and bond with their children while having fun. 

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Topics: Playground Design & Planning, Childhood Unplugged

Building Risk Into Playgrounds

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Nov 17, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Are today's children (and their millennial parents) starved for risk taking? The popularity of reality shows like Survivor and Wipeout would suggest this is true as would their penchant for video games like Minecraft and Fortnite. All offer vicarious risk-taking from the safety and comfort of their homes.

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Topics: Childhood Unplugged, Safety

The Stages of Development for Children

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Nov 4, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Many people don’t understand how important it is for children to play and learn how to play. They often see it as something inconsequential that children do to have fun or let off steam. The truth is though, is that play is very important for a child’s emotional, physical, psychological, and social development. It helps them not only learn how to function in the world but also how to understand and navigate it.

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Topics: Childhood Unplugged

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

Selecting a Community Playground Theme

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Mar 16, 2021 11:03:00 AM

Children and playgrounds have gone hand-in-hand since the first playground appearance in the United States in 1886. Unfortunately, today, kids are opting for more screen time than in-person play, some spending as much as seven hours a day on tablets or smartphones once they reach the teen years. Some children even as young as six months are using screen time in place of physical play.

Unfortunately, this propensity to replace physical outdoor play with inside screen time means kids are not getting their recommended 60 minutes a day engaging in physical activity—based on the United States Department of Health and Human Services daily recommendations. Thankfully, there is a way to make playgrounds more appealing, even to the modern generation and break them away from electronic play, getting them outdoors.

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Topics: Playground Design & Planning, Childhood Unplugged

Camping Looks to be a Popular Outdoor Activity in 2021

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Feb 23, 2021 2:42:00 PM

Everybody loves the great outdoors, especially camping and campgrounds. While hotels and airplanes were skipped by many last year after the COVID-19 pandemic started, many were able to social distance and vacation by camping.

Ashley Rossi, managing editor of Togo RV, told the USA Today this month, “Traveling with your travel bubble to a campground is one of the easiest ways to follow social distancing and maximize your time outside – you can avoid indoor dining, bring everything you need with you, socialize comfortably outdoors and get direct access to hiking trails and other outdoor activities.”

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Childhood Unplugged

Unseen Risks of the Pandemic: Children's Mental Health

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Dec 15, 2020 1:00:00 PM

The current Coronavirus pandemic has people worrying about their health. Unfortunately though, the pandemic is taking its toll on people in a number of ways, including those who may not have even caught the virus. One of the unseen risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic is children's mental health. The mental health of children may be declining.

As a parent, this can be concerning, and you may be wondering why this is happening, what types of mental health issues children may be facing, and what you ca do to help your child's mental health. Here are some of the questions you may have, along with the answers. 

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Topics: Childhood Unplugged, Pediatric Health & Wellness

Why You Should Include Outdoor Play in Your Virtual Learning Schedule

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Nov 13, 2020 2:50:28 PM

With seemingly endless waves of COVID-19 barraging the nation, some schools are open, some aren’t. There are also more families opting for home schooling even if their district is open. If your child is learning at home, it’s essential to keep them active outdoors to help them stay balanced, healthy and happy. Check out these upsides to promoting outdoor time for your kids in this growingly uncertain world.

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Topics: Childhood Unplugged, Pediatric Health & Wellness, Recess

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