Every year I build a gingerbread creation. For the past few years I have made my own patterns which is fun and allows me to be very flexible in my design but much attention has to be paid to detail. This year I created my version of Candy Land and I knew I wanted it… Read more »
Yearly Archives: 2010
Rock Climbing & Other Challenges
As a child I spent many hours on the swing in my backyard, talking to my friends, the trees. Of course I also loved to slide on slides (my favorite slide must have been at least 80’ long, located at High Park in Toronto –It’s no longer there and I can’t believe I could find… Read more »
Sand Play – The Silo & Seive at the Cambridge Common Playground
A couple of weeks ago I took my 2 nephews and niece on a play date to the Cambridge Common playground. The youngest, 2, went straight for the loose blocks, the middle (girl), 4, quickly found a pale to fill with sand and the oldest, 7, climbed up the mound. It was interesting to see… Read more »
Adults Want to Play, Too!
How often have I heard from adults “I want to play at the playground too!” And so we should be able to play too. As someone who sells playground equipment I believe it’s my duty to play and test out playground equipment, cx fxand I’m loving every minute of it! Here are a couple of… Read more »
Playground Equipment: What to look for
My favorite type of play equipment: Where the adult (such as myself) can climb and play alongside their child; Not just in a supervisory role but having fun themselves as well. Many years ago I went to a park where there was a huge play structure; I think it looked like a very cool Castle. … Read more »
Hula, Twist, and Charleston: Thinking in Motion with “Dancing” Play Elements
Play is an essential learning tool for children. It enhances the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Being curious, I’ve taken a look into what play really is and why it is so important for human beings. The 2009 task force report from the Cambridge, MA Healthy Parks and Playgrounds Initiative concludes the following: Play is… Read more »
Beach Series (part 3): To Cell Phone or Not to Cell Phone?
To take the phone or to not take the phone, that is the question. As I write that sentence, I think that this question is not a question at all to many. It is a clear “of course!” or “of course not!” I took my phone for an “in case of emergency” situation. But then… Read more »
Beach Series (part 2): Experience and Discover Life Through Nature Playgrounds
This is time where the caregiver can share their knowledge and experience of the natural world with their little ones in a relevant way.
Beach Series: Need Things to Do With Kids? Try Playing!
It never ceases to amaze me how intensely the adults are playing along side their children: filling up buckets of water to pour into the pits that have been tirelessly dug out, carefully arranging turned over pails of sand to create the walls of a castle, patting sand and making proper use of the dry sand verses wet sand. I can’t help but smile because the adults are really having just as much fun as the children.
A Sculptural Playground to Stretch Your Imagination
So often I hear that a community would like a playground but they don’t want it to “look like a playground”. They want it to “blend with the environment” or “disappear in the landscape” or “look like art or sculptural”. The playground at Playa Vista in Los Angeles depicts this exactly.
The Power of Outdoor Play and Natural Playgrounds
Parents and guardians are looking for more natural environments for their children to play in. “Children have a natural affinity toward nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime,” say Robin C. Moore and co-author Herb H. Wong in their classic book Natural Learning. Despite this… Read more »
Every Day is Earth Day
“Every Earth Day is a reflection of where we are as a culture,” says independent documentary filmmaker Robert Stone in Leslie Kaufman’s New York Times article. As Earth Day turns 40, it still stands as a subtle reminder to reminisce about green living and ways to create a better future for ourselves and our children. While the corporate world… Read more »