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Adding a Backyard Playground: Family Fun

By Margaret Mierke

Play is an important part of a child’s development. We can all recall the fun and adventure of playing outside in the fresh air. The backyard playground provides children with the ability to run, climb, swing, explore and play imaginary games without ever leaving home.

Professionals recognize the social skills children develop on the playground become lifelong skill sets carried forward into adulthood. Independent research concludes that
playgrounds are among the most important environments for children outside the home. Most forms of play are essential for healthy development, but free, spontaneous play—the kind that occurs on playgrounds—is the most beneficial.1

Creating these environments takes a little planning, but once in place, it will provide your children with hours of entertainment and exercise. There is a wide range of play sets available in various sizes and price ranges. While your family may not have the room or budget to install a full-scale playground, it is still possible to create a fun, healthy environment for your kids to enjoy.

NOTES

1 Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Playground, History and Development.

 

This article is part 1 of 6 in Adding a Backyard Playground

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