Going Against the Grain of Modern Materials with Robinia Wood

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Natural Karolam® Robinia Wood Offers Impressive Benefits Over Modern Materials   K&K Karolam® – Robinia Wooden Posts | Video via YouTube.com   At their very best, playgrounds and playscapes mimic the joy of running, jumping, climbing, and otherwise playing in a wild and natural setting. They fulfill our instinctual desire to climb trees, swing from branches,… Read more »

Designer Spotlight – Mitch Ryerson’s Woodworking and the Art of Play

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The Original Jungle Gym was a Tree, and Mitch Ryerson Knows How to Use Them     Creating a Playground Tree | The Esplanade Association via YouTube.com   When explored by the hands of a skilled artist, playfulness itself becomes an expressive language. At its best, the work of a well-seasoned woodworker, designer, and artist such as Mitch Ryerson communicates the power… Read more »

Euroflex Balls and the Importance of Tactile Elements in Playscapes

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Supporting Sensory Play by Adding Texture   One of the best ways for playground and playscape designers to improve the quality of any surface space or area is by including a variety of tactile elements. Whether cut in half, or presented in full, Euroflex Balls invite exploration and encourage curiosity. Made from recycled rubber and… Read more »

Our Top 5 Playground Related Blogs

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A Small Collection of Resources on the Importance of Quality Playground Equipment and Design     One of the more wonderful aspects of play is how it can foster a sense of community. It is no accident that many of our first friendships were formed while using playground equipment. And just on the edges of that play… Read more »

The Touch and Feel of Play in Toshiko MacAdam’s Textile Playgrounds

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Structures Made from Nets of Rope Inspire in This Designer’s Wonderfully Crocheted Playscapes   Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam video via PlayArt11 on YouTube.com   Toshiko MacAdam was already an accomplished artist in the Fibre Arts movement long before she began exploring the possibilities of creating textile playscapes. In fact, she was exhibiting a three-dimensional textile sculpture in Tokyo… Read more »

10 Swings to Help You Soar (and More)

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Creative Designs and Uses that Go Beyond the Traditional Playground Swing     When it comes to playground equipment, the swing holds a special place. Swings are often among the most popular features of any playscape. They give everyone an opportunity to soar through the air while always encouraging us to reach ever-higher. The rhythmic back-and-forth of… Read more »

Play to Learn, The Importance of Recess in Education

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As Children Return to School, A Reminder that Daily Play Makes a Measurable Difference     Since the early days of one-room school houses, recess has been an important part of education. In those early times, there was often an informal period of play before and after school, in addition to a regular mid-day break. Even… Read more »

Limitless Fun, The Impact of Rick Henke’s Approach to Playground Creation

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Playgrounds Were Nothing New, Until Goric’s Founder Helped Change the Game     It all comes down to perspective. Children explore a world much different than the ones inhabited by adults. Everything is bigger and harder to reach. As a child, it can often seem that adults spend their time telling you what not to do, rather than encouraging you… Read more »

Fun Came First: A Brief History of Playground Equipment in America

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From Vacant Lots to Modern Marvels, Playgrounds Have Come a Long Ways     It is relatively easy to conjure memories of days spent following the lead of our own imagination as we played on the neighborhood playground equipment. We soared into the air, climbed our way to triumph, raced down the slide and then back… Read more »

Playground Equipment Beats Obesity

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A Focus on Solutions During National Childhood Obesity Month   According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one out of every three children are overweight or obese in America today. A full third of our country’s children are at significant risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other avoidable ailments. Fortunately,… Read more »