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Outlast Toddler Activity Set

Unique weatherproof design ensures durability backed by a lifetime warranty. They’re completely stable but portable so teachers can reconfigure the yard to changing needs. Included in the Set:  2 Balancing Beams 2 Platforms 30cm H 2 Platforms 20cm H 2 Platforms 10cm H Bridge Tunnel     Designed and Built to Last a Life

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Outdoor Kitchen — Cedarwood Waldorf

By Ms. Grace This is a favorite activity for all of the Early Childhood at Cedarwood! Rain or shine it’s a blast for young children to play outside provided with an array of old kitchen utensils, pots and pans. This activity has the potential to get very messy (fun!) but can also be fairly conta

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Fantastic backyard playground design and areas for your kids - Page 2 of 50 - Evelyn's World! My Dreams, My Colors and My life...

Tired of dragging your kids onto the playground so they can play for a while? Think about all that unused space just sitting there, in your backyard or in front. In fact, you wouldn’t really need a lot of space to create a game for the little ones. With a touch of creativity, a little […]

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20 Fabulous DIY Backyard Projects To Surprise Your Kids | Yard Surfer

They often say that ‘happiness is handmade’, and nothing teach your kids the satisfaction of working with their own hands better than doing it with them!

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Premium Rubber Mulch for Sale | Rooster Rubber

Rooster Rubber provides premium rubber mulch for sale in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes for all your mulching needs. Shop our selection today!

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14 Creative Play Areas For Kids - Design Dazzle

Here are 14 extremely creative and fun play areas for your kids that will sure to zap all the boredom from their brains! Enjoy and happy summertime!

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If We Don't Play In The Rain, We Don't Play Outdoors At All

Last winter was a dry one here in Seattle, mild and dry with more sunny days than we're accustomed to seeing here in the Pacific Northwest. It was pleasant, but I for one am glad that we're back to normal this year as the atmospheric rivers have returned to their proper course, alternatively dousing and dribbling on us, filling our water reservoirs to overflowing and building up snow pack in the mountains that provide us with plenty when the dryer summer months return. They say that wars of tomorrow will be fought over water: I reckon I live on a future battle field. If you've read here for any length of time, you know that I have many bones to pick with how our public schools do business, but in all honesty, the thing that provides the sharpest burr under my saddle is how they deal with rain. I mean, more often than not, when it's rainy, and it's pretty much always been rainy for weeks now, the kids stay indoors for what's called "rainy day recess." And when they do go out in the damp, the kids are commanded to stay out of the puddles. In fact, a couple years back the mother of a former student sent me pictures of a magnificent puddle that had formed at her son's school. She said that the kids spent their recess standing outside of a line of caution tape watching the custodian try to sweep it away. That is a special kind of crazy. In contrast, we play with a lot of water at Woodland Park, going through a hundred gallons or so a day, most of which flows through our cast iron water pump and down through the sand of our two level sand pit, even when it's dumping from the sky. I know this sounds decadent to those of you who live in water challenged parts of the world, but, you know, I'm sure you have things aplenty that we would covet. Still, I recognize how lucky we are and have no problem living with the 9-10 months a year of cloud cover that is the price we pay for living in one of the greenest places on earth. Children never tire of playing in and with water: experimenting with it, studying it, attempting to control it, splashing in it, feeling it soak through their pants or shoes or sweaters. Perhaps the most popular fashion accessories, after rubber boots, are what we call "Muddy Buddies," light-weight, full-body rain suits that cover the kids from head to toe. I see it as one of my special missions as a preschool teacher to spend as much time in the rain as possible. I mean, after all, we all know how important it is for all of us, and especially children, to be outdoors. If we don't play in the rain, we don't play outdoors at all. I once met an educator from the Reggio Emilia region of Italy who was touring our area. She said to me, "All the preschools here say they are Reggio Emilia. How can they be Reggio Emilia in Seattle? Why can't you be Seattle preschools?" Well, rain and mud are Seattle, which is why they are a central element of what we learn about through our play. Most of our rain comes in the form of misty drizzle, but last week we played in torrential rain, the kind that feels as if someone is dumping buckets of water on your head. A magnificent puddle formed at the bottom of the sand pit. There was no caution tape or custodians and when there were breaks in the rain, the kids kept it full with the pump. I put a lot of time and effort into this blog. If you'd like to support me please consider a small contribution to the cause. Thank you! -->

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