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Making the Most of National Park Week

April 18, 2016 |

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National Park Week 2016

This year, the National Park Service is turning 100 years old! To celebrate their centennial anniversary, they’re offering free admission to all national parks during National Park Week from April 16th through 24th. The theme for 2016 is “Find Your Park,” which encourages folks to find parks in their area, share stories through social media, and support national parks by contributing, connecting, and volunteering.

We’ve compiled a list of official events, plus more ways you can get involved. With over 400 parks available all over the country, there’s no shortage of ways to get outdoors and celebrate America the beautiful.

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The Importance of Nature and Play

May 4, 2015 |

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The Importance of Nature and Play | Blog | APCPLAY

Clinical research has shown that trees and natural landscaping in high-density urban areas can dramatically improve the overall mental health and wellness of children and adults alike. Outdoor play inspires the development of strong social relationships and teaches children to share and collaborate with others. Some studies have also indicated that learning outside in a natural, green setting can enhance learning outcomes for students.

Time spent outside engaged in exploration and play is not a luxury, it’s a necessity for healthy development.

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Incorporating Language Arts Into Playtime

April 17, 2015 |

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APCPLAY Blog - Incorporating Language Arts Into Playtime

Teachers, parents and caregivers can look for inspiring and creative methods to encourage children to practice reading and language skills. At APCPLAY, we know that children enjoy educational activities that get them outside of the classroom, and tend to engage them in active movement, art, and adventure. If you are looking for creative outdoor activities that help children work on their reading and verbal communication skills, we have found some fun ideas to try.

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Guide to Playground Climbers

April 10, 2015 |

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Guide to Playground Climbers

Children have a biological imperative that encourages them to climb, which helps to develop important arm and leg muscle groups, and to improve strength and endurance, as well as balance and coordination. While parents and caregivers are often hesitant to allow children to climb, the safest place for them to do so is on the playground—which offers safety surfacing material to reduce risk of injury. With supervision, climbing can be a fun, safe, and exhilarating experience for children.

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Should Unaccompanied Adults Be Banned from Playgrounds?

April 2, 2015 |

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Ban on Unaccompanied Adults at Playgrounds

This vision of a local community park is a wholesome and safe one. But how would you feel if you noted a number of adults who did not have children, observing the playground? Would you find it odd or a safety concern? Should teens and adults without children be permitted in the same proximity as children at play? That’s a question that many municipalities are asking themselves while evaluating alternatives that keep the park accessible for public use.

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