Natural Playgrounds as Outdoor Classrooms

April 24 2020
A visit to a Head Start facility 20 years ago changed the course of business for the Natural Playgrounds company in Concord, NH. We had been designing Natural Playgrounds for several years, exploring the potential for discovery oriented, creativ...
April 15 2020
The COVID-19 epidemic made us take a much deeper look into the role of playgrounds in children's lives...…and we found research that may be vital to the safety of your children!  We discovered that wooden play and learning elements may be much, ...

Safety on Natural Playgrounds

23 April 2020
Blog
Safety on Natural Playgrounds
How is it that children’s play yards have evolved from sand piles to the manufactured slides, climbers, and swings found on most playgrounds today? Children’s outdoor play environments have been influenced over the years by play theories that date ba...
15 April 2020
Blog
The Critical Role of Natural Playgrounds
Safety on Natural Playgrounds
Educators in Britain, after decades spent in a collective effort to minimize risk, are now getting into the business of providing it. Note the boy about to send a pile of bricks flying at the risk-enhanced playground at the Richmond Avenue ...
15 April 2020
Blog
Natural Playgrounds as Outdoor Classrooms
Safety on Natural Playgrounds
The COVID-19 epidemic made us take a much deeper look into the role of playgrounds in children's lives...…and we found research that may be vital to the safety of your children!  We discovered that wooden play and learning elements may be much, ...

The Critical Role of Natural Playgrounds

April 25 2020
When we lecture about or discuss Natural Playgrounds, the one question we always get? "What about maintenance?" - asked in a challenging manner, and as though nothing else requires it....  ...and as though that question should stop us in our tra...
April 25 2020
An earlier generation of kids may have spent all their free time playing in the woods, but in today’s world of helicopter parenting and stranger danger, letting their children do the same is unthinkable for many parents.Now, park designers and offici...
April 25 2020
Physical fitness isn't just good for your health. It's also a good way to beef up your brain. New research shows being physically fit can improve the structure of brain matter that plays a role in learning!  Greater aerobic fitness generates mor...
April 24 2020
At this time of year, Dawn Miller from the Charleston Gazette would rather be outside watching BB-sized tomatoes emerge on her West Virginia garden, so she used her smart phone to attend a Congressional hearing in Washington called “No Child Left Ins...
April 24 2020
Mary Burnette for the National Wildlife Federation Remember how great it felt to buy that new box of crayons? Selecting new school supplies is always fun for kids, but parents may be surprised to learn “nature” is one more thing they should put ...
April 24 2020
Recent research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, reports that children with ADHD have fewer symptoms after outdoor activities in natural environments. College students do better on cognitive tests when their dorm windows view n...
April 24 2020
According to a recent University of Tennessee study, children who play on playgrounds incorporating natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment...
April 24 2020
A house surrounded by nature helps boost a child's attention capabilities, a recent study by a Cornell University researcher suggests.  "When children's cognitive functioning was compared before and after they moved from poor- to better-quality ...
April 24 2020
We see children daily trying to beat the odds, trying to stay sane amidst insane circumstances, writes Karen Stephens for the Child Care Information Exchange. The stresses vary, but they typically fall under the umbrella of family dysfunction, includ...
April 24 2020
Reserarch suggests that chronic sedentary behavior is compromising children's ability and achievement,' says a recent report in Health Day News.  When overweight, sedentary kids start to exercise regularly, their ability to think, plan, and even...
April 24 2020
"When I was a kid, I’d be out the door first thing in the morning and back home when the sun set. I can’t even remember eating," Ron King told Playground Magazine during a recent interview. Not far from our home there was a foothill to the ...
April 23 2020
Physical activity that makes a person process new information, such as navigating a tree with the hands and feet, can improve cognitive skills and working memory in children and adults.  Physical activities such as climbing a tree, running ...
April 23 2020
Sissy Walker went hiking with a group of old pals – four couples, actually, who became fast friends more than two decades ago when all their children went to the same parent co-operative preschool in Alexandria, VA . There was something about that pr...
April 15 2020
Educators in Britain, after decades spent in a collective effort to minimize risk, are now getting into the business of providing it. Note the boy about to send a pile of bricks flying at the risk-enhanced playground at the Richmond Avenue ...

How to Make a Natural Playground

25 April 2020
Blog
How to Make a Natural Playground
Sand is one of the few manipulatives that truly allows children to explore their imaginations. Unfortunately, in most play settings, sand is treated as just one more controlled play item: it’s kept in containers until it’s used in a plastic “sand tab...
24 April 2020
Blog
How to Make a Natural Playground
"Weʼre wired to play and have fun!" says Ron King. President, Natural Playgrounds Company.  "Iʼve seen movies of bears wrestling with each other, monkeys playing and laughing together, squirrels chasing each other in trees, and cats batting...
09 March 2020
Blog
Designing & Building
How to Make a Natural Playground
If you've ever climbed trees, rolled down hills, scrambled up rocks, made mud pies, dammed up water, hid in grass, played house in bushes, built snow forts, dug in sand, played in dirt, planted seeds, jumped in leaves, tracked animals, or had fun out...
09 March 2020
Blog
Designing & Building
How to Make a Natural Playground
During our presentations to prospective clients, we always know there'll be a time when someone will ask "how much do natural playgrounds cost?"I take a deep breath and say "That's a hard one, but if you give me a minute, I'll give you an answer."It'...

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