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Three Ways to Foster a Culture of Safety on Your Playground

October 15, 2014 |

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3 Ways to Promote Safety on Your Playground

 Did you know that every year, there are more than 218,000 playground injuries treated at emergency departments in the USA?  When it comes to injuries there are a number of potential risks for children which can lead to minor or serious falls, or accidents.

  • 44% of children fall into, on or out of commercial playground equipment.
  • 23% of playground injuries are due to broken or outdated equipment which no longer meet established safety standards.
  • 36% of children sustain fractures due to playground injuries.
  • 20% of injuries cause contusions, cuts or scrapes.
  • Children aged 5-9 years are the most likely to sustain serious playground injuries.
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Taking Education Outdoors: How to Augment Learning on the Playground

October 3, 2014 |

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APCPLAY's Outdoor Education Products

 Do you think better on your feet?  Educators have known for decades that children learn best through hands-on and active exercises that engage their senses, their need for exploration, and through the natural world around them.   More educators are using the playground as a tool and part of their curriculum to engage social and life skill learning, physical fitness, problem solving, and spatial reasoning skills.

 

In fact, many schools have designed playgrounds to incorporate outdoor learning for students as a healthy and engaging alternative to sedentary lesson plans.  Teachers can use outdoor playground equipment in a number of creative ways for meaningful learning outcomes.

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