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  • 0 Early Childhood Playground Equipment

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    Playground Equipment As one of Canada’s leading playground equipment suppliers, Play Mart is also the Canadian leader in sustainable early childhood playground equipment for all ages! With Green Roots, you can place your order today for this hands-on water play, so the children have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor play this summer. The “Nature of Play” products from Play Mart provide a hands-on learning experience. At the same time they allow the kids to see the benefits of recycling since Play Mart is well known for making incredible playground equipment from recycled materials. Play Mart Playgrounds is leading the way in sustainability and providing you with fun, safe and educational early childhood playground equipment. Contact Green Roots Play Equipment at 1-855-382-7529 to learn more.

  • 0 Summer Playground Equipment

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    Summer is in full swing and this is the time that every child wants to go outside to enjoy summer playground equipment and all the wonderful benefits of long, summer days. Being a kid during summer, the best place to be is swinging and climbing on colourful Henderson playground equipment or Berlliner play equipment. The number one thing on the minds of children during the summer is when can we go to the playground and how long can we play for! The number one thing on the mind of the parent is playground safety and how to keep their child safe while still enjoying the awesome summer playground equipment that your city has to offer. Keeping children safe while they run, jump, climb, and swing on playground equipment isn’t easy, however if you follow this simple ten-point checklist, provided by The National Program for Playground Safety, it will become much clearer for the parent in need! Playground Safety Tips According to The National Program for Playground Safety, or NPPS, this checklist will help a worried parent keep their child safe during the summer months. Here is the list… Making sure an adult is present 100% of the time. Children should only play on playground equipment that is suitable for their age group. Check that the play surfacing is safe for the children to play on. For example, playground equipment should not be located on concrete, grass, packed dirt, or rocks. Check that the playground equipment is safe, that there are no loose or broken pieces of equipment. Make sure the playground equipment does not have any ropes or strings, as this is a choking hazard for small children. Check the temperature of the equipment. Summer playground equipment may become hot in the summer sun and unsafe for children to play on. Children should not be wearing any sort of head protection while playing on the playground, as this may be something that could get caught on the playground equipment. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately. The NPPS encourages children to wear closed toe shoes while enjoying the playground equipment. Check to make sure your child is protected from the sun as much as possible and they are wearing sunscreen. Don’t let your child play on summer playground equipment if the temperature is too high. The NSSP suggests that any temperature above 32 degrees Celsius can cause harm to children playing outdoors. Keep your child well hydrated during the hot summer months! With this information in mind and the easy checklist to refer back to, get your child outside and let them enjoy all the beautiful parks and the summer playground equipment that your city has to offer! Contact us at 1-855-382-7529 to learn more about Green Roots Play Equipment.

  • 0 Recess in Teaching

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    Remember Recess During the 2020 BC Teachers' Strike Definitely interesting times in British Columbia during the 2020 teacher’s strike. We know some parents who have attempted to add normalcy to their children’s lives by maintaining a school schedule. In addition, others have considered home schooling, downloaded the appropriate curriculum, and began teaching and supporting their children’s educational needs at home. Did you know that research has shown that time on the playground can be more beneficial than time in the classroom and the skills associated with play ultimately lead to better grades? That’s right, Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta claims that time on the playground is more beneficial than time in the classroom! "The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain, and without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed." In another study, researchers found that the best predictor of academic performance in eighth grade was a child's social skills in third grade. So, while you parents are busy providing educational support to your children during this or any other teacher’s strike - please remember the recess in teaching and include outdoor play time! In our next blog, we’ll highlight the top play equipment and outdoor fitness equipment to help you work free play into your child’s day. Contact Green Roots Play Equipment at 1-855-382-7529 to learn more about any of the playground structures we carry.

  • 0 Most Popular Playground Equipment

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    What are our top 5 most popular playground equipment choices you should consider? With school back in session, one thing that matters most for the young students is the awesome playground equipment that they get to enjoy during recess. Modern playground equipment has been completely redesigned and re-engineered to maximize the fun youngsters can have! With all the new and improved playground equipment on the market it is difficult to know which is the best and also the most popular playground equipment to consider. That's where we can help! Our Top 5! Green Roots Play Equipment is a proud Canadian Distributor and installer for a number of different playground equipment manufacturers in Canada. Our most popular playground equipment choices include: Henderson Playground Equipment Berliner Play Equipment Norwell Outdoor Fitness Equipment Music Playground Equipment by Freenotes Harmony Park Vista Playground Furnishings We love that playground structures can be educational while helping to keep kids active at the same time. Henderson Playground Equipment Henderson is widely known for the quality of their playground equipment with amazing and unique designs for all kinds of playground slides, swings, climbers, and crawl tunnels, plus motion toys, slack lines, spinners, geodes, and so much more! Berliner Play Equipment With names like Spaceball, Cosmodrome, Pentagode, and Palmetto Saucer, it’s no wonder Berliner has some of the most popular playground equipment out there. You can best believe that the play equipment by Berliner is fun, exciting, and stimulating for children of all ages. Norwell Outdoor Fitness Equipment With unique designs for kids, adolescents, adults, and even seniors, Norwell outdoor fitness equipment helps to reduce stress, promote social interactions, and benefit both physical and mental well-being. Freenotes Outdoor Musical Equipment Along with climbing, swinging, and slide equipment, some of the most popular playground equipment pieces found in most playgrounds are music related. Music playground equipment by Freenotes Harmony Park caters to the creative child by incorporating musical instruments within their structures. This new product sparks the interest of the musically inclined child and also entices kids who are not familiar with musical instruments to experiment. Vista Playground Furnishings Virtually every playground needs to be enhanced with furnishings like bike racks, buddy benches, tables, shades, planters, and recycling bins and trash cans. Vista Playground Furnishings manufactures all types of products specifically to fit this need. Summary These 5 most popular playground equipment choices are examples of the innovative and fun playground designs that are available today. Check out our playground equipment services page to learn more about how we can help you with full turnkey projects and community playground builds. Ask us about financing options with BC grants for playground sets. To learn more, contact Green Roots Play Equipment online or call us at 1-855-382-7529.

  • 0 Outdoor Classroom Garden Box

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    Add an outdoor classroom garden box to your playground. Teaching children gardening is a great way to help them learn new lifelong skills and have fun at the same time. From sowing and tending their own plants, they can learn about the science of plants, animals, weather, and the environment, and about healthy eating. Add a great learning and play opportunity to the side of your playground. Visit our website to check out our outdoor classroom garden box plus great gardening products and other playground furnishings for your play area by Vista Furnishings.   Commercial Playground Equipment Gardening areas can be a great compliment feature to commercial playground equipment. Gardening can offer more variety and greater opportunities of learning. Contact Green Roots Play Equipment at 1-855-382-7529 

  • 0 Kids Outdoor Play Equipment

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    Every child has a right to play, and we have the kids outdoor play equipment that kids will love. Not only do children discover their physical capabilities through play, but they also develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills fundamental for their development. Kids Play Equipment Kids outdoor play equipment is invaluable for all children. Children with disabilities benefit equally from the value of play and it is imperative that they are granted the same opportunities. Unfortunately, many outdoor playgrounds do not accommodate children of varying abilities. Physical barriers on a playground can cause social exclusion. When play areas and playground equipment are not accessible to children with disabilities, social barriers are created and interaction between children of various abilities diminishes. Playground manufacturers and designers are now designing parks and playgrounds universally to provide inclusive play. ADA designs on playgrounds provide accessibility for children in wheelchairs, and other assistive devices, and allows all children to be included. There are many ways to provide inclusive play on a playground. Designers can create wide pathways and provide rubber play surfacing, which allows all users easy access to playground equipment. Manufacturers such as Henderson and Berliner provide ADA accessible play structures by manufacturing ramps on playground equipment and interactive play along the ramps. They also provide ADA handles with transfer decks and ground play activities underneath of the structures. Playground equipment manufacturers also design ADA accessible sandboxes, sand tables, and many other ADA accessible pieces to help make it possible for all children to play together. ADA accessible swings, such as the Biggo Solo from Dynamo, are pieces of kid's outdoor play equipment that allow children the opportunity to swing together with their peers, parents, or caregivers. Basketball hoops can be offered at different heights to allow children of all ages and abilities to play together. Many designs can be created to allow for an inclusive society. Unfortunately, many communities lack places to play for children with disabilities. This has created an increased awareness to create inclusive playgrounds and outdoor play spaces, and although it takes effort to bring this to fruition, it can be accomplished. Inclusive kids outdoor play equipment benefits all children regardless of ability. It teaches an understanding and appreciation for diversity within our society, as well as tolerance and acceptance of everyone’s unique needs. At Green Roots Play Equipment, we believe that working together towards creating an inclusive society will be beneficial to all. Contact us at 1-855-382-7529 to learn more.

  • 0 Importance of Outdoor Play

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    The outdoors is where children get to learn about the world around them so the importance of outdoor play cannot be understated. Nature is a place where children can run, explore, jump, shout, and burn off energy. By playing outdoors at a young age, children start to develop a respect for the environment. They learn to challenge themselves, take risks, and develop an awareness of their skills. Unfortunately, in today’s society outdoor play is becoming replaced with TV, computer games, and other electronics. Health risks in children such as obesity are increasing due to children not getting enough exercise. Physical exercise through outdoor play is how children learn many of their gross motor skills such as balance and coordination, and it is vital in helping build strong muscles and bones. Outdoor Play Helps Social & Emotional Development Besides the physical importance of outdoor play, social and emotional development is learned as well. When children are allowed unstructured play outside, they develop communication skills through social interaction with other children. Inventing games, making rules, and learning new games, teaches decision making, organizational skills, and allows for cognitive growth. Other factors also contribute to reduced outdoor time for children including: The elimination of recess in public schools Both parents working full-time and therefore having less time to take children to the park And safety concern for children playing outside without an adult Many children are involved in structured outdoor time such as soccer, baseball, and other sports. Although this structured time is a physical benefit, the importance of outdoor play that is unstructured must never be underestimated and should be a large part of their childhood. School aged children need to release energy after engaging in academic activity that requires concentration and focus. By allowing a child to release their energy through rigorous outdoor play, children are allowed to recharge their batteries and return to their academic studies with more positive energy. Physical activity is an essential component to academic learning. Natural light and fresh air are also vital to the immune system and they stimulate the brain to regulate emotions. This in turn reduces the chance of depression and helps to develop a positive emotional state. Today's society is one of evolving technology so it can be very easy to forget about the importance of outdoor play. Children need to stay engaged and connected to the outdoor world through continues reinforcement. Learning to love the outdoors at a young age will lead to a love of outdoors for life. About Green Roots Play Equipment Green Roots specializes in playground equipment for private or commercial projects including: Playground Structures Play Surfacing Playground Shelters Playground Furnishings Contact Green Roots Play Equipment online or call 1-855-382-7529 to learn more about our company. We also offer playground assembly and installation services.

  • 0 Outdoor Playground Safety

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    When it comes to children, outdoor playground safety is the most important factor in preventing injuries and protecting children. Every year an alarming number of children across Canada get injured on playgrounds, most of which are preventable. It is extremely important to ensure that playground manufacturers adhere to the Canadian safety standards. Whether purchased for private or commercial projects, playgrounds should only ever be installed by certified playground installers to ensure that they meet the manufacturers’ specifications in order to comply to the CSA standards. The most important factor in keeping playgrounds safe is to maintain and upgrade early childhood playground equipment on a regular basis. This is key to preventing playground injuries. Certified Playground Inspectors Unfortunately, there is no Canadian law in place that governs the regular maintenance and safety checks of existing playgrounds. To ensure outdoor playground safety, play equipment should have safety inspections performed at regular intervals by a Canadian Certified Playground Inspector in order to avoid preventable injuries. Certified Playground Inspectors have been trained to find hazards in playground structures and surfacing that may not be obvious to the regular bystander. Play Surfacing One of the most important factors in preventing injuries on a playground is play surfacing. Many older playgrounds do not have adequate play surfacing, which is causing concussions and broken bones when children fall. Over time, engineered wood fibre compacts down and becomes a very unforgiving surface for children to fall on. The engineered wood fibre needs to be raked out and topped up on a regular basis in order to meet safety standards. Rubber tile play surfacing also needs to be maintained and checked at regular intervals in order to repair or replace pieces. An upgrade is necessary once the rubber tiles show signs of wear and no longer provide adequate fall protection. Over time pieces on the play equipment can start to wear or break and therefore it is equally important for maintenance checks to be performed on all playground equipment at regular intervals. Certified Playground Inspectors may find safety concerns that are potentially fatal such as entanglement hazards. They can also find non-fatal issues that have occurred with time and use that need to be dealt with immediately. Repairs may be performed to bring the play equipment back up to outdoor playground safety standards, but if deemed unsafe, the playground should be taken out of commission immediately until it can be repaired properly or replaced. It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to keep playgrounds at a safe level for children to play at. The majority of playground injuries occur when play equipment and play surfacing have not been kept up to safety standards, thus making them an unsafe place for children to play. These preventable injuries are showing an increased need for mandatory safety inspections to be performed by Certified Playground Inspectors at regular intervals on all play spaces across Canada. Contact Green Roots Play Equipment at 1-855-382-7529 to learn more about outdoor playground safety.

  • 0 Fun Playground Equipment

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    When it comes to buying and installing fun playground equipment or "updating" your current play structures, there are so many variables to consider. Doing Your Homework You've determined your budget, or in some cases spent the past year or so fundraising and the excitement is building. The playground of your dreams is almost a reality. At this point it is safe to say you have spoken to a playground equipment supplier. If you are really on your game, you may have spoken to a few suppliers and been presented with a stack of catalogs and enough information to get even the most composed individual sweating. The team or committee really needs to pull together at this point. They've got the basic concept of what they think is fun playground equipment. They have picked out colours and determined the ages and number of children that the play structure will serve. They may even have a vendor and installer selected to begin the process of turning what was once just an idea, into a real, honest to goodness playground structure that will not only wow the kids, but more importantly, fit into the look and feel of the neighborhood. Is Anything Missing? Wait? Let's back this up a little. Yes, the look of the playground should be appealing, but more importantly, there has to be a fun and challenging factor – you also want fun playground equipment. Case Study - There is a playground structure that was recently built right here in our hometown of Victoria that was designed as an addition to a current playground. A great deal of time and energy, not to mention a whole lot of money was spent to design and build a system that would blend in with the neighborhood. The committee chose to use all natural materials that would surely be the envy of every other playground in the city. Smooth wood surfaces that intertwined with each other looked absolutely amazing and the overall feel for the project was one of pure satisfaction. The committee had really thought of everything. Or had they? Within a few weeks of the playground re-opening, the new area was almost empty, and the kids were playing on the old equipment. So, what went wrong? The new playground was a work of art, incorporating all natural materials that blended with the natural environment. They made sure that the area was safe and met all the regulations. Unfortunately, they had considered everything except the fun and challenging factor. It simply wasn’t fun playground equipment. Traditional slides, swings and climbers are always important in any playground structure. That is what the old playground offered so that is where the kids were playing. It was a hard reality for the committee. They had created an area that was visually pleasing but offered little appeal to the children using it. Determining Play Value & Fun Quotient Visual is a factor but it is only one part of the equation. And even the standard rules of yesterday no longer seem to hold true. In today's world, there is a growing shift in determining what fun playground equipment should consist of. There is a growing concern for obesity, which means that many buyers will put an emphasis on fitness as well as fun. Summary The buyer in this case should have combined the fun factor with the play value. The play value is determined by measuring the number of different play activities on each piece of equipment and deciding if there is sufficient play value. Contact Green Roots Play Equipment at 1-855-382-7529 if you need help with this. Once the play value, fun factor, and challenge component are addressed, it is then a matter of selecting the fun playground equipment that meets these values and fits the budget. Having a playground that looks amazing is always possible, but buyers need to be wary of making the same mistake as this one. After all, it is the children that benefit from your smart decisions.

  • 0 Playground Equipment from Recycled Materials

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    • by Green Roots Play Equipment
    • 06-12-2019

    If you are looking to buy new play equipment or upgrade your existing equipment, have you considered playground equipment from recycled materials? 500 billion pounds of plastic is produced worldwide each year, yet less than 3% is recycled. In the United States alone, an average of 63 lbs of plastic per person ends up in landfills annually. Dumping it into landfills is terrible for our environment, but what can be done? Reduce, Re-Use & Recycle This is the most effective way to reduce plastics going into landfills and clearly helps to reduce our carbon footprint. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. In fact, according to Center for Biological Diversity, ocean plastics pollution is a serious problem. They estimate that, “In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments, such as grocery bags, straws and soda bottles are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day.” It is estimated that a plastic bottle takes up to 450 years to degrade in the ocean. To put that in perspective, 450 years ago, the pilgrims had not yet landed at Plymouth Rock. Protecting the Environment Protecting the environment is on the top of the priority list at Green Roots Play Equipment. We are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact by providing quality playground equipment from recycled materials. You will now find Recycled Structural Plastic (RSP) in many of our playground designs. We are proud to be the exclusive Canadian Distributor of Play Mart Playgrounds, the leading manufacturers in sustainable outdoor play equipment. So, what does this have to do with the environment? Plenty! Play Mart extrudes 100% of its own proprietary Recycled Structural Plastic. Each play structure is made up of 80% to 95% recycled materials with picnic tables and benches at nearly 100% recycled content. The company only uses one type of plastic in their products, which is Pure High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE). In order to recycle HDPE, Play Mart uses recycled milk jugs exclusively. Milk jugs are made of Pure HDPE. In fact, each of Play Mart’s average playset contains nearly 25,000 milk jugs, diverting millions of pounds of plastic from landfills annually. As the company continues to grow, it will need more recycled milk jugs to meet the demand for Recycled Structural Plastic. It’s a win-win situation and a great start to reducing the amount of plastic going into landfills. What Can You Do to Help? The story doesn’t stop just with manufacturers like Play Mart making playground equipment from recycled materials. Parents and teachers need to continue to educate our children on the benefits of re-using yesterday’s plastic. Sustainable development is “meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro 1992). Teaching the children now about the need to reduce, re-use, and recycle ensures that future generations will regard this action as commonplace. Imagine what it will do for the environment if we continue to focus on this simple formula. The world will be a much cleaner, healthier place for future generations. It all starts with awareness and the action to Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle. Contact Green Roots Play Equipment at 1-855-382-7529 to learn more about any of our products including playground equipment from recycled materials.




 

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