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Outdoor Playground

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FCM Outdoor Playground

The Fairbanks Children’s Museum, a non-profit family community resource, provides nearly 40,000 annual visitors a space where education and play co...

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Gorgeous and Inviting Outdoor Play Spaces

Spring is almost here --- time to wake up from my hibernation and get these little cubs of mine outside! The warm sunshine never fails to make me want to spruce up our outdoor play

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How To Create a Natural Playground at Home

Got kids at home? Looking to make your outdoor space more fun for them? Check out these great ideas on creating natural play areas at home.

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Creating Our Barefoot Sensory Path and the Importance of Outdoor Play

Our school has an Outdoor Learning Committee that I am a part of. We all feel very strongly that the environment where the children play outside is just as important as the environment inside our school. We have worked hard to make our playground an area where the kids can run, exercise explore and yes...learn! Outside play plays an important role in children's development! They are working gross motor muscles and getting must needed exercise. They learn how to solve problems such as when social disagreements arise. They learn empathy as they help friends who get hurt. They learn to take risks and see where their limits are and feel empowered as they take those risks and succeed. They create games and role play. They learn science concepts as they discover things in nature and learn to look closer and ask questions about what they see as they discover new things. They learn kindness as they try to save an insect in danger or nurture a plant. They are literally learning about life and life skills as they play outside, so we knew the environment needed to support that. We had an area that we were having some problems with in the middle of our asphalt area. We wanted to turn it into something all of the kids could explore and benefit from and decided to create a Barefoot Sensory Path. We came up with a design and my husband figured out how to make it so that it would be sturdy and last. Our amazing PTO gave us funds to purchase the materials and we had fun shopping at Lowes for items that would provide the sensory experiences we were hoping for. Our team came in on a Saturday and went to work. Our maintenance team had dug the area down four inches so that it would be even with the asphalt. We put down a layer of paver sand, and then the 4x4's. We glued some materials to 2x2 pieces of plywood. The sections were all 2x2. We filled the sections with paver base and tamped it solid. My son even came and helped! Here is the finished frame. Of course, we had to test it out! Here is the finished path!! We were so excited for the kids to try it! It was a huge success!! The kids absolutely loved walking on it with bare feet, crawling on it and feeling with their hands and even laying in it enjoying the warmth radiating from it from being in the sun. Another new area we created was an area to create roads, ramps, etc. using scrap wood, cars, signs and other loose parts. This lovely lady below had the vision for this area! We also added an area to really work those gross motor muscles. Mr. Doyle created a boundary to keep it all contained to one area. We filled it with stumps, logs, and large branches. The kids have created obstacle courses and love lifting these up to show how strong they are! They jump, balance and create here. They collaborate and problem solve. They use both critical and creative thinking skills. This is a great area to develop 21st Century Learning Skills as they play! For our nature lovers, we have an area with plants for them to explore and observe. Some are edible such as peppermint and fennel. We have cone flowers, milkweed, irises, sunflowers and more. This area is a great place to explore and observe insects also! Here are some other things on our playground where they can let lose and have fun! Our playground is still a work in progress! We have many more ideas that we want to implement some day! One step at a time!

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10+ Fun Backyard Transformation Ideas on a Budget for Kids Playground

Time spent outdoors in fresh air is marvelous on its own but when it becomes a great bonding opportunities for a family it becomes something else entirely. If y

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30 Fun DIY Outdoor Play Areas That Will Keep Your Kids Entertained All Summer

My kids love going to the park. Of course, I loved going to the park as a child, so that really comes as no surprise. The thing is, I don’t always have the time to

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25 Ways To Seriously Upgrade Your Family's Backyard

The longer your kids are outside the less mess you have to clean inside.

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These 18 Awesome School Playgrounds Make Recess More Fun Than Ever

From water walls to junk orchestras, sensory paths to balance mazes, these school playgrounds make recess a real adventure.

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30 Genius Kid-Friendly Backyard Ideas On A Budget

Looking For Kid Friendly Backyard Ideas On a Budget? Well look No Further And Check Out These Genius Backyard Ideas To Create A Wonderful Kid Friendly Oasis!

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