Go Outside and Play
Although technology has created numerous beneﬁts to society, it has also changed the way children play. The unfortunate side of this technological age can be seen in the obesity epidemic, which is clearly present today. According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, in 1971-74 obesity rates were 5 percent for 2- to 5-year-olds, 4 percent for 6- to 11-year-olds and 6.1 percent for 12- to 19-year-olds. Those numbers have more than doubled in the past 40 years.
We need to reverse the obesity trend for our children’s sake, and the solution is literally in our backyards. Parks and playgrounds are available for us to enjoy and benefit from.
Creating Natural Play Environments
The great outdoors is the number one spot where kids can play naturally—making up their own games while freely exploring the world around them.
Our nature-inspired playground collection is a natural fit when it comes to planning outdoor play spaces, combining the adventure and wonder of nature with the durability, safety and low maintenance of high-quality play equipment. And our team of artists will work with you to blend your new playground into its surrounding environment—making your outdoor play space a place where children and families gather.
Improved concentration and school achievement, reduced stress levels and a foundation of environmental stewardship are just a few of the benefits children receive from playing outdoors. See the following resources to help bring a nature-inspired playground to your community:
- The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature. Through its network of researchers, educators, urban planners and more, the Children & Nature Network provides a vast resource for the latest news and research on the importance of reconnecting children with nature. We’re proud to sponsor the organization’s 2015 Conference and Summit April 7-9 in Austin, Texas.
- The US PLAY Coalition is made up of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. Committees on education, inclusive play, research and more share best practices in each action area to help promote the value of play in the lives of children, adolescents and adults. We’re proud to support the organization’s annual Conference on the Value of Play.
- In his bestseller, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, author and journalist Richard Louv sparked a national debate that initiated a movement to reconnect kids and nature. Last Child in the Woods explains the importance of nature for healthy childhood development, plus offers practical solutions—many of which are in our own backyard.