Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year!

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Our Candy Park and Playground by Laura Every year I create a gingerbread village and this year I was inspired by the Conlastic playground equipment and decided to recreate some pieces with candy.  The Conlastic PlayPoints are made from gum paste, marzipan, gum balls and edible metallic glitter dust. You will see the Spaghettini for the gingerbread… Read more »

Honoring Play Enthusiasts: The Fantastic Art Play of Isamu Noguchi

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Recently I stumbled upon an article in the LA Landscape blog reviewing the Playa Vista Central Park.  I noticed that they commented on the playground area designed by the Office of James Burnett as: “Contemporary play area recalls a Noguchi playground”. I admit that I wasn’t familiar with Noguchi so I decided to look him… Read more »

The Dancers

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Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about the importance of movement in play on the playground. Last year,  Anna wrote about movement playing a large role in learning and coordination development, read the article again here if you would like a refresher.  Or read JC Boushh’s article about designing playgrounds that encourage different kinds of… Read more »

Designing Your Playground to Encourage Movement by JC Boushh

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The modern playground provides children with numerous opportunities and developmental benefits. These benefits include social, emotional, physical, and cognitive opportunities that are related to providing children with play components to climb, slide, and various opportunities for varied forms of movement. As safety concerns grow, fear of litigation, and safety zones become more and more evident… Read more »

Why do Playgrounds Get Boring?

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There was a park and a small playground behind the house that I grew up in.  It was a typical playground of the 60’s and 70’s:  Swings, see saws, and a free-standing slide.  I loved this playground; I spent endless hours swinging on the swings when the swings weren’t twisted around the top crosser (good… Read more »

Playground pictures and blogs

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As social media has become more popular so has sharing pictures and ideas about playground design and concepts. I was just adding some pictures to our flikr page and that got me to thinking about all of the other great playground pictures and blogs out there.  A couple came to mind right away. (By the… Read more »

Not Up to Playground Standards? My Confession as a Playground Aunt

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According to ASTM 1487 & the CPSC,  we have two age groups for playground standards: 2-5 and 5-12. In addition, they have recently introduced another standard for playground manufacturers for 6-23 month-olds.  In short, the playground standards are based on anthropometric data (comparative sizes/measurements of children at age 2, 5 &12), empirical data of types of… Read more »

Outdoor Table Tennis

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Get out your ping-pong paddles (say that 5 times in a row!) and let’s play some table tennis! Perfect for all ages and a nice change to play this game outside. We are now offering these amazingly durable and attractive ping-pong tables.  The table top is made of Polymer concrete with a PVC edge protector;… Read more »

Snowshoeing Through a Gorge – Inspiration for Water Play – By Laura

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When I was a young child in kindergarten my class would walk down to the Credit River in Misissauga, Ontario, every Friday morning.  We would walk along the river and sometimes collect leaves, pebbles, sticks or pinecones for craft projects.  We learned about the natural world by exploring and experiencing the sounds and texture of the nature… Read more »

Cool Slides – for Architecture, Art & Fun! Part 2

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By popular demand, we are posting more slide installations from our very innovative slide manufacturer! MSU Zagreb (Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia), 2009 Height – 11.65m (45’10”); 2 Stainless steel tube slides with a clear top cover 28th São Paulo Art Biennial – Brazil, 2008 Slide height – 14m (55′); stainless steel tube slide with… Read more »