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Water Play Evolution Over the Years

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jun 21, 2018 6:29:15 PM

Since time began, children have had a unique relationship with water. While adults view water as a source of life or as a source of food, kids see water as a way to have fun. Water play has evolved over the years, but it remains a wholesome, healthy activity for kids around the world.

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Topics: Product Features, Play & Fitness

Sun Safety and Summertime

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jun 5, 2018 10:26:00 AM

Summer is here and the heat is unrelenting. It's important for kids to spend time outdoors playing, but it's also challenging when the heat index is so high. 

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Safety

7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active During National Physical Fitness Month

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on May 7, 2018 3:39:00 PM

Readily accessible digital entertainment devices and programs have played a major role in making modern kids more sedentary than ever before. Without regular physical activity, kids face an elevated risk of developing mental and physical health problems. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month aims to reverse this trend by helping kids learn that sports and other physical activities are truly fun and rewarding. Here are 7 activities your kids can enjoy to celebrate this important month of fun.

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Topics: Play & Fitness

Ideal Amount of Daily Activity Time for Children

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Apr 27, 2018 1:31:24 PM

Childhood obesity has hit an all-time high. The CDC reports that almost one out of every five school-aged children suffers from obesity. Obesity carries with it a plethora of negative consequences for kids. These include problems with self-esteem, health issues, reluctance to socialize, and more. Of course, no parent wants to see a child suffer from being out of shape, let alone obese. Even so-called normal-weight children often don’t get enough exercise. With the abundance of passive playthings like computers, tablets and cell phones, children are even less likely to get the amount of exercise that they need to thrive and grow.

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Childhood Unplugged, Pediatric Health & Wellness

Outdoor Play and Allergy Immunity

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Apr 9, 2018 4:57:00 PM

Now there are more reasons than ever to encourage your kids to play outside all year round. Did you know that outdoor play boosts your child’s allergy immunity? It’s true! Find out why being in the outdoors is such a great idea, particularly for children who suffer from allergies.

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Topics: Play & Fitness

The Importance of Parents and Play

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Mar 27, 2018 2:31:00 PM

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a report which tells parents just how important play is for children. It seems that today’s kids are spending less and less time playing every day, much less than they did a decade ago. The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights says play is so important in child development that it is a right of every child.

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Mental Health

Groundbreaking Play: Classic Playground Games from the Past

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Feb 21, 2018 5:44:36 PM

Playgrounds as we know them are a relatively recent phenomenon. Few existed before the 20th century. Many sources claim that the first planned playground in the United States appeared in Boston in 1886, a year after a recreational "sand garden" was created in Germany. The rise of playgrounds coincided with the expansion of industrialization and the middle class, as well as the expansion of urban areas.

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Childhood Unplugged

Why Improving Kids’ Fitness is a Key Goal for American Heart Month

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Feb 1, 2018 2:01:00 PM

Diseases of the heart and circulatory system tend to be seen as afflictions of middle-aged and older people, but they can begin to develop in adolescence and even childhood.

Genetics sometimes play a part, but unhealthy lifestyles are overwhelmingly the most important cause of poor heart health.

So it’s vital that parents, educators and kids understand the crucial importance of healthy diet and exercise in preventing problems in later life.

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Pediatric Health & Wellness, Mental Health

Childhood Unplugged

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Nov 30, 2017 12:38:00 PM

We talk a lot about the importance of playing on the playground for children. Playing on the playground plays a vital role in the development of a child, it provides them with a healthy dose of vitamin C, it’s a great form of exercise, it helps them learn social skills and it’s just plain FUN. 

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Childhood Unplugged

Let Your Kids Play Outside This Winter

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Nov 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

The holidays are upon us and that means colder weather and children out of school. For every excited kid, there’s an equally unexcited parent — not that we don’t love our kids, but it’s hard to keep them entertained indoors throughout the entire winter. So what’s a quick fix before cabin fever sets in? Don’t keep them indoors — let them play outside in the cold weather!

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Topics: Play & Fitness

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