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  1. The 12 Types of Play and What They Mean for Children

    The 12 Types of Play and What They Mean for Children
      In the 1930s, researcher Mildred Parten defined play as six stages which mirror children’s social development. Unlike Jean Piaget who saw children’s play in primarily intellectual or cognitive developmental terms, Parten emphasized the idea that learning to play is learning how to relate to others. As children grow and develop, play evolves. Certain types of play are associated with...
  2. What Outdoor Parks Really Mean to a Neighborhood

    What Outdoor Parks Really Mean to a Neighborhood
    Outdoor parks and playground areas are the perfect way to really bring a community together in a host of unique ways. They're the perfect way for your little ones to get outside and really enjoy the best that Mother Nature has to offer. They're also an excellent opportunity for a bit of adult socializing — there are few better ways...
  3. 5 Great Ways to Get Involved on Earth Day

    5 Great Ways to Get Involved on Earth Day
    Earth Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, educator, or faith leader, there’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day with children than outdoors. Enjoy the environment around you together, whether it’s on the playground, in your local park, or in your own backyard. The Network has announced “Trees for the Earth” - a commitment to...
  4. Risky Deal: 3 Reasons to Avoid Used Playground Equipment

    Risky Deal: 3 Reasons to Avoid Used Playground Equipment
      For years we have assisted organizations with the design, purchase, and installation of high-quality playground equipment. Durable, safety-certified play structures that help protect children from injury during play are the hallmark of contemporary playground equipment. While buying new equipment can give you peace of mind, obtaining funding for outdoor recreational projects can be a difficult process. When budgets are...
  5. Five Steps for Building a Community Friendly Outdoor Space

    Five Steps for Building a Community Friendly Outdoor Space
      There is a distinct difference between a well-loved community park and a simple playground with amenities but no foot traffic. Municipalities, residential communities, and private organizations that wish to create the kind of park that is packed full of families must take the time to make strategic design choices that will encourage community and active use. Step One: Consultation...
  6. Musical Playground Equipment

    Musical Playground Equipment
    When children are infants, parents and caregivers take a great deal of time and effort to make sure that learning is fun. Ideally, a child’s early development should include sight, sound, movement, smell, taste, touch and audio cues that stimulate their senses and cognition. When children get older, less emphasis is often placed on sensory learning.  Other priorities and benchmarks...
  7. Natural Playgrounds Inspire Qualitative Play

    Natural Playgrounds Inspire Qualitative Play
      If you are going to play outside, shouldn’t it look like you are playing outside? That is the conversation behind the design of new playgrounds which mimic natural features and color schemes, including materials that look like wood logs, rocks, and other nature inspired designs. When it comes to building a playground, there are a variety of themes that...
  8. How to Stretch Your Playground Budget: Purchase and Planning Tips

    How to Stretch Your Playground Budget: Purchase and Planning Tips
      The task of buying a new playground is not an easy one. Unlike other purchases there are a number of requirements that come in to play which can impact the budget as well as the length between the selection and the installation of your new playground. While every budget is almost always limited, expectations from other members of your...
  9. 6 Questions to Help Design Your Playground [Infographic]

    6 Questions to Help Design Your Playground [Infographic]
    With over thirty years of experience helping organizations build outdoor playgrounds, we know a thing or two about playground design.  If you are planning an upcoming playground project, the task can seem a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. At American Parks Company it is our job to make finding, buying, and installing your playground easy.  That’s...
  10. Why Playground Financing Works: Your Guide to Creating a Payment Plan

    Why Playground Financing Works: Your Guide to Creating a Payment Plan
      Picking your perfect playground may just be the easy part, but finding the funding and financing to afford the play structure you want is where the challenge begins. Few schools, daycare centers, apartment communities, or municipalities have the capital to outright purchase a commercial quality playground; costs can average around $20,000 and up for everything, including installation and surfacing...

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