Tips For Playing Outside When The Weather Gets Cold

Tips For Playing Outside When The Weather Gets Cold

Your children need exercise, and autumn is still a great time for getting outside. When you are visiting your favorite playground, you will want to keep your children warm and safe. Here are some tips for enjoying a park throughout the autumn season.

Tip 1: Understand the Weather Conditions

Before leaving home, you should make sure to understand the weather conditions so that your children are dressed appropriately for the trip to the park. Layering is always a great option, so you can have your children wear sweaters or jackets over a T-shirt. If it is really cold, then bundle your children up in a winter coat, hat and gloves.

Tip 2: Look For Safe Playground Material underneath the Equipment

Children need to be playing outdoors. Just because it gets a little bit colder doesn’t mean that our children should stop benefitting from playing outside.

Choose a playground that has soft playground surfacing that can prevent an injury during a fall from the monkey bars or while running on the surface. In addition, the material should permit the proper drainage of rainwater or snowmelt so that there are no slippery puddles underneath the swings or the jungle gyms.

Tip 3: Watch Your Children Carefully

It is essential to watch your children carefully at a playground to notice any problems that can occur. Some of the issues that can happen include older children bullying younger children or having strangers in the area who don’t have children. For optimal playground safety, remain alert and walk around while your children are playing to avoid any problems, such as a kidnapping.

“The important thing is that we find ways for our children to be outside no matter what the weather is like. When the weather is poor, we will need to find creative solutions to help them be active and stay healthy.”

Tip 4: Unusual Dangers While At a Playground

Check your child’s clothing for any problems that can occur while playing on the equipment. Your child’s garments shouldn’t have any dangling strings that can become caught on the components of the playground equipment because it can lead to a choking hazard or other type of issue that can cause a serious injury.

Tip 5: Check the Playground Area for Broken Glass or Sharp Objects

If there are trees around the playground, then the falling leaves may cover the safe playground material. This may seem okay, but it is possible that there is broken glass or other sharp objects underneath the leaves. When you are preparing to visit the park, bring along a broom to sweep away the tree leaves to find any potential dangers.

Tip 6: Watch for Dropping Temperatures during the Autumn

Remain alert about the changes of temperature during the autumn. If the temperature drops, then the moisture on the soft playground surfacing may begin to freeze, making it difficult to walk and play on. This is when it is time to go home to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and chocolate chip cookies with your children

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How Playing Outside Can Help Your Kid Do Better In School

How Playing Outside Can Help Your Kid Do Better In School

“Brain breaks” are the best things that a person can have when they are studying. This is especially true for children. If you coop a child up in a classroom for a whole day without giving them “brain breaks,” they may not process information as well as they should.

“Some people mistakenly think that you “have to” lock yourself in a room for 6 or 8 hours to rigorously study. However, doing so without breaks may result in slowed focus and diminishing returns.”

If we force children to study and be in school without having outside play breaks, they might sustain damage to their psyches that affects their academic performances. Outside play helps to combat issues such as depression and anxiety, while being cooped up in a classroom without any breaks might exacerbate those issues. In fact, playing outside can help increase children’s creativity and ability to learn.

Sof’Fall works hard to make sure that your children have a safe place to play. Playground safety is important because getting outside and playing is so important for our children’s learning. 

Playing Outside can help you learn 

You can also look at things from the angle that the human body is built to be physically active. Generally, not getting enough exercise and fresh air can hurt a person’s mind and body. A child who is not active may show symptoms that are akin to ADD or ADHD.

Outside play is also important because of the fact that it allows a certain level of creativity that cannot completely flourish in the classroom. This is because things are generally less structured when children play outside. They are able to talk and run around as much as they want without someone telling them to be quiet. Creativity is also boosted by the element of the outdoors—something that feels completely different when compared to highly structured, indoor settings.

Finding A Good Place To Play

A safe playground made with soft playground material can further boost the stimulation that children receive from outside play. Playing in a safe playground helps to enhance children’s imaginations. Safe playground equipment includes different variations of swings, monkey bars and slides. Many playgrounds are covered with soft playground material that children can fall on without getting hurt.

When playing outside, children are exposed to nature and the outdoors. The things that they are exposed to in the natural world gives them more knowledge that they can draw from when they are studying.

There are various studies that have shown the benefits of children playing outside and getting physical exercise. One study in 2014 showed that children who are more physically fit have more white matter than children who are not.

“The more stimulation and variation children’s brains get, the better!”

Going between sitting down in a classroom and running around outside is a great way for children to receive the correct amounts of brain stimulation to properly develop. Also, many experts out there say that people are wired to enjoy being outdoors. So, putting this element into children’s lives each and every day is surely beneficial to their overall well-being.

In a child’s spare time away from school, playing outside is also very important. Outside of school, a child has more time to be free and to be with a wider variety of people. Being outside of school has its own dynamic to it that is different from being in school. So, playing in nature outside of school feels different and is stimulating in its own way.

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What Is Sof’Bounce?

What Is Sof’Bounce?

Playgrounds are an important part of the landscape of preschools and elementary schools. It is important that the playground surface be chosen to help lessen injuries while playing. In the past, we relied on grassy surfaces to do this, but they wear out. Sand gets in shoes and clothes and is uncomfortable and messy. Sof’Bounce is a safe playground material that allows for lots of physical activity. 

“It’s been said that the work of children is to play. Playing builds both physical strength and self confidence.”  

On the playground kids test the limits of their physical abilities by climbing, swinging, jumping and falling. Having a safe surface under foot for those activities prevents both minor injuries such as scrapes and major injuries like broken bones. Sof’Bounce is an ideal surface for playgrounds, parks and landscapes.

Sof’Bounce is made of 100% recycled materials. It is both safe for your children and safe the enviorment. We’d say that is a true win-win.

Made of recycled Materials

Sof’Bounce is engineered rubber surfacing made from recycled tires. There is a choice of five colors and all are colorfast and 99.9 percent metal free. One notable feature of the product is the resiliency and protection Sof’Bounce offers when kids fall or jump onto it. As a playground surface it cushions falls of up to 13 feet.

Sof’Bounce is an environmentally sound choice because it keeps old tires out of the landfills while offering long lasting protection for children. This dust-free, colorfast material has a fifty year warranty. It meets Federal safety standards for playground and recreation surfaces as well.

Schools, recreation centers and city parks can be confident that Sof’Bounce will hold up to their need for safe playground material. The rubber that Sof’Bounce is made from is processed from recycled tires. In addition to being a cushion for falls, it has many other uses in the landscape such as mulch for gardens.

Made of Non-Toxic Materials

Sof’Bounce is non-toxic. It is dust free and does not cause splinters. This non-abrasive material will not cause scrapes and other injuries, but will cushion children when they fall accidentally or purposely jump from equipment. It is comfortable to walk on and is not a slipping hazard when it is wet.

Extremely Safe Playground Surfacing

Sof’Bounce offers many advantages for playground and park surfaces. It helps prevent the unwanted growth of weeds, yet it is air and water permeable when used as landscape mulch. It keeps parks and playgrounds attractive as well as safe. The material is shipped directly to locations where it can be easily spread to specifications of a certified engineer or a landscape architect. When installed to standards specifications Sof’Bounce protects from a fall of up to 13 feet.

“Sof’Bounce is a long term investment in public spaces like playgrounds and gardens. In addition to the fifty year warranty, purchasers can also be confident about the longevity of this ground cover.”

Used as mulch or a play surface Sof’Bounce will not rot or deteriorate into the ground. It does not blow in the wind as sand does but stays where it is placed.

Choose Sof’Bounce for peace of mind when it comes to the environment and to the grounds where it is used. Active children sometimes fall. Count on Sof’Bounce to help them get right back up and go on to continue all the exploring of their day. Communities who want to provide safe play surfaces that last will choose Sof’Bounce

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Why Playground Surfacing Is The Most Important Part Of Playground Safety

Why Playground Surfacing Is The Most Important Part Of Playground Safety

When it comes to playground safety, a lot of attention is given to playground guards and equipment. However, the biggest danger to children in the playground is actually from falls. Children exert a lot of energy when playing. They’re not always the most graceful either. Falling is often.

“When children fall on playground materials, the actual material itself could make the fall even worse.”

In order to make playgrounds safe, a soft playground surface is needed. That’s why wood chips from Sof-Fall are the best choice. Here are a few other reasons why a safe playground material like wood chips are a great benefit. Because remember, at the end of the day the safety of our children is the most important thing. 

The playground surfacing can save a simple fall from turning into a trip to the emergency room.

1. Fall Protection From 25 Feet

While playground equipment isn’t always tall, there are a few pieces of equipment that can reach quite a height. Although the railings are built in a way to keep the children inside of the structure, you can be sure that some clever child is going to attempt to climb over the railing to go even higher. If that child should fall, a hard material like cement or even stones can severely injure them.

A soft playground surface like wood chips can help cushion their fall. It has fall protection from up to 25 feet. Should a child fall, their injuries could be dramatically reduced if they fall on wood chips as opposed to harder surfaces.

2. Non-Toxic

Young children will put anything and everything into their mouths. While cement may be harder to chip, when it does, you can be sure that children are going to want to put the pieces into their mouth. The same goes for pebble stones that are used. For many children, the circular pebbles look like various forms of candy. They’ll quickly discover that this isn’t the case when they put it into their mouths, but the damage has already been done.

Wood chips are non-toxic. While their appearance alone should dissuade children from putting them into their mouth, if they do, at the very least, it’s non-toxic. It won’t harm them. It also means that when they’re playing in the wood chips, toxic material isn’t being rubbed into their skin. They’re not breathing it in, and they’re not playing in it.

3. Non-Flammable

Another reason that wood chips are a safe playground material is that they’re non-flammable. A lot of thought goes into fall safety and other dangers, but not that much goes into flammability. Children aren’t the only ones who use the playground. Older teenagers and adults sometimes hang around the area, too. If those individuals smoke, they might set fire to the playground accidentally. If a child happens to be playing on the playground as it happens, it could result in a dangerous situation.

Wood chips from Soft-Fall are not flammable. They won’t present a fire danger to the playground where other soft materials might. This is just one less danger that parents have to worry about.

4. Great For Cost

Outside of playground safety, those who are in charge of maintaining the playground will find that wood chips are cost-effective, low maintenance, and affordable. This allows them to spend their budget on other safety features for the playground. Wood chips allow for the foundation of playground safety to be built. From there, further additions can be made to ensure safety.

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How Do Different Playground Surfaces React When Wet?

How Do Different Playground Surfaces React When Wet?

There are lots of playground surfacing materials found in play areas, and every one of them reacts differently depending on the weather. Most materials become unsafe when rained on, and that’s why you should always avoid letting your children play in bad weather. Here is a quick overview of how rainfall affects the five most common playground surfacing materials.

SAnd

Play sand is a soft playground surfacing used in most parks, but it absorbs almost no impact when wet. Course sands become compacted after rain, and that makes it much more dangerous when falling. If your child jumps off of playground equipment on damp sand, then they will feel a majority of the blunt force. This is a big problem for playground safety because it greatly increases the risk of injuries. Sand is not an adequate absorber of force to truly protect our children when they fall on a sand playground.

Minimizing the amount of force that a child’s body takes on as they fall is the best way to improve playground safety.

Wood Chips

Wood chips are mostly used in dry climates because of its tendency to hold onto moisture. It has the same problem that sand has when it gets wet. The chips become heavier after a rain, and they are less efficient at spreading out impacts from falls. Wood chips can stay damp for days after a heavy rain, and you should check to see if the chips are wet underneath the top layer before letting your children play.

An important thing to note here is that we are referring to actual wooden chips. Not Sof’Fall’s Engineered Wood Fibers.

“The bigger concern is not educating the child on playing safer but teaching the people who build the parks what safety is supposed to look like.”

Cement

Understanding playground safety is very important when the play area uses hard surfacing materials like cement. Falling from standing-height can cause severe injuries on cement. Smooth concrete can become slippery after rain, so you should avoid running on it. Cement can also freeze very quickly in cold temperatures. Be sure to check for leaves, and look out for any other debris that could become a slip hazard while running.

Asphalt

Asphalt usually has more grip than other hard surfacing materials, but that doesn’t make it slip-proof. This material is mostly used in skate-parks and running tracks. Wet debris in an area after rain is the real hazard. Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, and look ahead to avoid any slippery obstacles. Even running shoes can easily slide if you step on wet grass clippings, so remember to keep your eyes open when enjoying recreation in rainy weather

Rubber

Loose rubber found in play-areas is almost unaffected by the rain as far as impacts go. It will not absorb extra water, and it stays relatively the same. Rubber padding for running tracks is another story. You should never run on rubber-padded walkways when they are wet from rain unless you know for sure that they are slip-resistant. You can easily lose your footing on rubber padding, and you’ll probably get hurt. If you get caught in a storm while jogging, then you should move off of the track into the grass. Always use your best judgment when determining playground safety hazards.

You’re Safer on Soft Playground Surfacing

Everyone wants to have a blast on the playground, and everyone can have a safe experience while enjoying their day. Use the helpful information you’ve read to ensure the safety of your family when you head out for fun

 

 

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