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 equipment may get hot. Direct
sun causes metal, rubber, and plastic to get hot enough to burn, even if it does not feel
that hot outside. It is a good idea to make sure slides are cool enough so that bare legs do not get burned. Even very little ones should always wear shoes on playgrounds, to protect tiny feet from burns from hot cement or playground surfaces. Children often enjoy being
helpers and assisting in filling up water bottles for each person to have outside. Don’t
forget yourself! Modeling proper hydration is important when the temperatures rise. The
National Association for the Education of Young Children has some helpful advice on
ways to practice sun safety, while still getting outside:

Many centers and schools have policies on when the temperature or air quality does and does not allow outside time. What does yours say?

We strive to create fun and informative content that will help young children learn and grow. However, it's important to keep in mind that all activities should be performed under the supervision of an adult. The Adventurous Child website is intended to serve as a reference and guidance for educational activities, and it is ultimately the responsibility of the parent, guardian, and/or educator to determine the appropriateness of the activity for their child’s age and maturity level. Thank you for your understanding and support!