Cold Weather Fun!

When it’s really cold, it’s hard to get motivated to go outside. I am not a cold-weather person. I’d be happy never seeing snow again, and anything under 40 degrees is too chilly for me. However, the benefits to children … READ MORE

Summer Playground Safety

The sun is shining and children cannot wait to get outside and play! Even beautiful weather can create a few hazards, however, so it is a good idea to make sure everything is looked over. As the temperatures increase, playground … READ MORE

Mr. Sun

I feel like I have been singing “Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden sun, please shine down on me!” The sun is shining and providing a good time to soak up some Vitamin D. The sun gives off serotonin that … READ MORE

Risky Play

At the playground, my toddler immediately took off, scaling the “rock wall” of the climber. I found myself repeating, “be careful,” with every precarious foot placement, and then again when hurtled himself down the big slide. He fell at the … READ MORE

Playground Safety – Distance between Equipment

When conducting a safety inspection for your playground, make sure climbing structures more than 30 inches high are spaced at least 9 feet apart. If two climbing structures are less than 30 inches high, such as two balance beams, they … READ MORE

Playground Inspections

It is important to perform regular high frequency inspections on your playground. A high frequency inspection is an examination of the playground, specifically looking for changes over a short period of time.  Some things to look for while doing inspections … READ MORE

Playground Safety

Safety is important both inside preschools and outside.  On the preschool playground, one safety issue to keep in mind is entanglement.  There are several things you can do to avoid entanglement.  First, check what the children are wearing on the … READ MORE

Too Much Sitting Contributes to Childhood Obesity

In a recent article, Richard Louv writes “But at other schools, too many students spend most of their time sitting. At their desks, in front of computers, taking tests, sitting in schools where recess and gym class have been restricted or … READ MORE

3 Rules for Being a Good Naturalist

In Discovering Nature with Young Children, Ingrid Chalufour and Karen Worth list 3 things to keep in mind when discussing how to be a good naturalist. 1)      “Stay safe (such as what can be touched, what should be avoided)” Child … READ MORE

Celebrate Screen-Free Week

April 30th through May 6th is Screen-Free Week and it’s not just school aged children who are getting too much screen time.  On average, preschoolers watch 32 hours of television every week and see 25,000 commercials.  Even infants are getting … READ MORE