Creative Playground Games For Kids

by Rodney Hogan on April 23, 2014

Playing should always be fun!  When your usual repertoire of playground games just doesn’t do the trick, let your creativity take over.  Playing these creative playground games, your kids are sure to stay active and entertained for hours.

(1) Hens & Chicks - This game is all about corralling your little chickadees in a fun and fast version of tag.  Designate two points approximately 25 to 35 feet apart as “safe spots” All of the chicks start at one of the two safe spots, and one hen starts between the two points.  When the hen calls for her chicks to come home all of the chicks try to run from one safe spot to the other.  Then, the hen tries to catch her chicks and any who are caught must join the hen in the center for the next round.  The last chick standing becomes the hen for the next game.

(2) Hula Hoop Tag – All you need for this simple playground game are two hula hoops and 10 to 15 kids.  Have all the kids circle up and hold hands.  Place the two hula hoops at different points around the circle so that a pair of hands is strung through them.  When you say go the kids have to pass the hula hoops around clockwise without breaking the circle.  Play until one of the hula hoops catches up to the other.

(3) Leap Frog Races - Split kids into groups of two or three to play a fast game of competitive leap frog.  Designate a staring line and a finish line.  When you say “go” the teams of leap froggers take off across the field, each player hopping over this teammates and immediately crouching down to be hopped over — no extra steps!  The first team to cross the finish line wins the race.

 

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Playground Surfacing

by Rodney Hogan on April 16, 2014

Spring is the perfect time to check your playground surfaces to make certain there is ample protection around fall zones.  Over seventy percent of all accidents on playgrounds are from children falling.  Hard surfaces such as concrete, blacktop, packed earth or grass are not acceptable under play equipment.  A fall onto one of these hard surfaces could be life threatening.  There are plenty of playground surfacing options to choose from thatAirplane 11561 2 will meet your safety needs.

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Health and Wellness

April 9, 2014

Hospital systems adopt nature prescription programs.  Several hospital systems across the country have started prescribing patients to take regular nature walks.  Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C., maintains a database of hundreds of parks, which it uses to make recommendations to patients.   ”I see it as a game-changer for nature centers and nature and conservation [...]


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Adult Playgrounds

April 2, 2014

Adult playgrounds are growing in popularity.  Several companies have begun designing and manufacturing playground equipment for seniors.  The playgrounds are designed to help seniors maintain mobility while socializing.  One company based in Minnesota says it has manufactured 600 such playgrounds, including several in the U.S.


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Playground Fitness for Adults!

March 26, 2014

Use the jungle gym to get a workout in while your kids play!  The jungle gym at the playground is a fantastic way to introduce kids to fitness – but it also doubles as a great way for adults to exercise without using costly equipment!  Why should your kids reap all the benefits of this [...]


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Play

March 19, 2014

Children’s play throughout history has been free, spontaneous, and interwined with work, set in the playgrounds of the fields, streams, and barnyards.  Children in cities enjoyed similar forms of play but their playgrounds were the vacant lands and parks.  Today, children have become increasingly inactive, abondoning traditional outdoor play for sedentary, indoor cyber play and [...]


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Health and Wellness

March 12, 2014

Parents may be more active if playgrounds get rid of benches.  A study by U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers in Grand Forks, N.D., found that when benches were removed from a playground, adults were 23 times more likely to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity.  The study in the journal Preventive Medicine found that [...]


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Quality Time Outdoors — Part2

March 5, 2014

There is a growing body of research on how spending time outdoors benefits children’s development beyond the more obvious physical benefits.  This research shows that children are more imaginative, creative, and cooperative when they have opportunities to play outdoors.  And they experience less stress and are more able to focus their attention when they have [...]


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Quality Time Outdoors – Part1

February 26, 2014

Many children today are very sedentary, and getting them outdoors where they can be active can have obvious benefits for health and fitness.  Even when children are involved in organized outdoor sports, they may not have much active playtime and may spend large chunks of time on the sidelines.  But when children engage in less [...]


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Play – Development

February 19, 2014

Children’s surroundings provide a world for exploration, discovery, and enjoyment.  Playing is what young children spend most of their time doing from the moment they wake up until they close their eyes at night.  Grasping the significance of play helps us see inside the child’s world and appreciate the impact playing has on development and [...]


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