Playground Equipment: What to look for

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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 »

Beach Series: Need Things to Do With Kids? Try Playing!

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Beach Series

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.

Focus on Guilt-Free Play

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focus on play

…this way of thinking is natural for a child! In the “terrible two’s” stage children learn that they don’t have to do anything; they can say no! This stage is well known for being an important part of a child’s development of his or her autonomy. The same natural attitude goes for work and play: children can play for hours in the sand, digging, piling, toy trucking sand from here to there; baking cookies next to their aunt; and they take delight in sweeping the floor just like Dad. They have chosen the task and it’s easy for them to focus on the task at hand and even enjoy it!

Learning by Playing: Cause & Effect Has Never Been So Fun!

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I have seen children play on many different playgrounds.  They are always attracted to anything that moves: swings, merry-go-rounds, spinners, see saws and spring riders.  There is something about the action and reaction created that is fascinating and exciting for the child.  Not only is the movement stimulating, but they get a kick from making something happen!  They push and… Read more »