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Keeping Your Park or Playground Clean

March 26, 2015 |

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Keeping Your Park or Playground Clean

When planning your outdoor space, it is important to allocate a portion of the budget for waste management. We offer a number of durable, commercial quality products that help manage sources of litter by providing effective opportunities for individuals to dispose of their trash or recyclables in a responsible way.

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The Benefits of a School Playground

March 20, 2015 |

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School Playground Benefits

Educators and parents are now realizing that there is a greater intrinsic value to playtime or ‘recess’ during school. Providing the time, space, and equipment for children to explore enhances a variety of necessary cognitive and physical skills that support healthy child development.

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What is 'Risky Play' & Why Does It Matter for Kids?

March 13, 2015 |

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What is 'Risky Play' & Why Does It Matter for Kids?

Parents, teachers, and caregivers share the common goal to inspire young children while protecting them from injury. In fact the bulk of supervision for children ages 2-12 years-old involves steering them clear of situations that might present injury, or so it seems.  Every child has an innate curiosity about the world around them, which can sometimes have unfortunate consequences.

In this quest to keep kids safe, many child behavior experts are evaluating if our children are “too safe,” or overly protected in a way that inhibits their natural way of learning. As a child you may remember getting a bruise from falling out of a tree, or a scrape while learning how to use your skateboard for the first time.  Parents today can be overly protective to the detriment of the natural cognitive and experiential development of their children.

When you hear the term “Risky Play” in the context of children, there is no doubt that parents and caregivers would be concerned. But the element of risk is actually crucial to learning for children, and we’ll explain how.

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The Consequences of Play Deprivation

March 6, 2015 |

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The Consequences of Play Deprivation - APCPLAY Blog

The first assignment we give to children is to learn how to play. Play time can be independent activities such as building blocks, reading, or creative activities such as painting and crafts. It can also involve group participation games with peers, which teach them how to negotiate, compromise, communicate, and enjoy the social company of others.

To suggest that nowadays many children are deprived of play time may seem impossible to fathom. After all, playing is what kids do best, and they do it innately, with very little stimulation from parents and caregivers. Kids want to play, so how could the modern child possibly be deprived of playtime? For adults the idea may not make much sense. But it is a real problem that psychologists and sociologists are looking at as they evaluate the impact of our busy world on the free play time available for kids.

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