Motivating Kids to Be Active Part I

by Rodney Hogan on October 29, 2014

Anyone who’s seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around.  But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active.

As they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity.  Reasons include increasing demands of school, a feeling among some kids that they aren’t good at sports, a lack of active role models, and busy working families.

And even if kids have the time and the desire to be active, parents may not feel comfortable letting them freely roam the neighborhoods as kids once did.  So opportunities might be limited.

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Help Kids Keep on Moving

by Rodney Hogan on October 22, 2014

Children of all ages should have a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day.  Students who participate in at least an hour of physical activity a day can improve their attention span and cognitive functioning, as well as maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, feel better and function better in school and at home.  Make a plan to find a way to add 5-10 minutes beyond Physical Education and recess to their schedule to get up and move.IMG_9565[1]

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Physical Activity

October 15, 2014

Regular physical activity helps children grow strong and healthy, build muscles and bones, develop vital motor skills, and even improve their immune systems.  As kids get older, it can be a challenge to get sufficient daily exercise, due to the increasing demands of school and hectic family schedules. But, when growing children don’t get enough […]

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Playground Rules – IV

October 8, 2014

Social Interaction:  Time spent on the playground is essential to helping children develop positive social skills.  Playground rules that facilitate healthy social interaction among students include taking turns and resolving conflicts in an appropriate manner, such as using “rock, paper, scissors” to determine who will go first during play.  Another important rule that many elementary […]

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Playground Rules – III

October 1, 2014

Playground Games –  Many playgrounds offer games such as basketball, kickball and four square.  As some children may be unfamiliar with how to play these games, rules are often provided by teaching staff, in an official school document or on the school’s website.  Rules that are common among these sports may include the number of […]

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Playground Rules – II

September 17, 2014

Play Structure – Kids may be instructed to count to a designated number while playing on a swing to ensure fairness among everyone who wishes to participate in this activity.  On monkey bars, students may be required to proceed one at a time, and may not be permitted to swing upside down on this equipment.  […]

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Playground Rules – I

September 10, 2014

Safety – Keeping the rules simple, general safety rules for elementary school playgrounds include no participation in contact sports, no playing tag in the playground area and no climbing on equipment that is not intended for climbing.  Some elementary schools enforce dress codes to keep children safe, such as no flip flops or open-toed and […]

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Playground Rules

September 5, 2014

It’s important for children to engage in physical activity throughout the day and recess for elementary school students not only improves academic performance, but also helps to combat childhood obesity.  Many schools provide parents, teachers and students with a list of playground rules that keeps children safe, and encourages them to learn new skills.  Information […]

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Have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2014

Playtime would like to wish everyone across the country a great Labor Day weekend!  We hope you have a great holiday weekend spending time with friends and family, go outside and enjoy your local parks and playgrounds!

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Choosing the Right Playground Equipment

August 20, 2014

Outdoor playtime is a vital part of children’s physical and mental development which is why it’s important to select the right playground equipment for your playground.  The equipment installed on your playground should encourage kids to be physically active and should include accessible options for children with special needs. Whether you’re looking to replace a […]

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