Meeting the needs of toddlers and preschoolers on the playground

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It’s important to keep the developmental needs of toddlers and preschoolers in mind when you’re designing playgrounds for your childcare facility or school. Playgrounds for young kids not only help them build their senses, and motor and cognitive skills, but they also teach them about cooperation and social imaginative play.

Keep the following five considerations in mind when designing early childhood playgrounds:

  1. Interaction Interactive playground features allow kids to get firsthand experience of the principle of cause-and-effect.
  2. Sensory Playgrounds should provide children a wealth of different tactile experiences, which can come from play with textured surfaces and by incorporating natural materials like sand and water.
  3. Challenge Play environments with developmentally appropriate challenges and puzzle-like features can help instill critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. Imagination Children should be able to use various components of the playground to express their creativity and to invent imaginative scenarios.
  5. Independence Playground structures should allow kids to feel independent through solo play, which fosters confidence and creativity without sacrificing safety.

Find more resources for your daycare of preschool playground including ways to keep your playground safe, information on fundraising and playground grants, and some of our key partnerships at playlsi.com.

Enter the fifth annual Legacy of Play Contest today

2018 Legacy of Play Contest

Together with Kiwanis International, we have launched the fifth annual Legacy of Play Contest.

The winning Kiwanis club will receive $25,000 in playground equipment to be used toward a playground project. The contest is open to all Kiwanis clubs that are currently working on a playground project, and that can complete the project by Kiwanis One Day 2019, Kiwanis International’s signature day of service during which clubs around the world participate in service projects benefiting their local communities.

Qualified contestants may enter the contest by completing the entry form. Entries are being accepted now through May 12, 2018. Following the submission period, Facebook users will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project. The winner of the contest will be announced on or around June 14, 2018.

Enter the contest today to be the next Kiwanis club to bring play to your community. Then read about our past winners–the Kiwanis Club of Mankato (2017), the Poplar Bluff Kiwanis Club (2016), the Ottawa Kiwanis Club (2015) and the Iola Kiwanis Club (2013).

Fundraising ideas for your new playground

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We know that securing funds for a community or school playground can often be a challenge. But the great news is that there is nearly always money available… you just have to know where to look for it! And we’re here to help you with that. We have fundraising programs, a playground grant guide and purchasing contracts to help bring your playground plans to fruition.

We can help you set up a highly profitable playground fundraising program. We’ve partnered with an organization to help turn walk-a-thons or other events into successful fundraisers with tools and resources. And we have scratchcards to turn your playground fundraising into a game.

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Playground grants are another way you can get the funds you need to make your project happen. While we don’t offer grants directly, we’ve put together a Grant Guide that provides a listing of federal and state programs, as well as grants offered by corporations.

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And finally, we have several purchasing contracts available to tax-based agencies or non-profits to expedite and simplify the buying process. Enrollment is easy and free, and it allows you to purchase our playground equipment at a great price.

Contact us to learn more about our playground fundraising programs and grant guide, and visit playlsi.com to get more details about the purchasing contracts we have available.