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Research Backs the Benefits of Learning Outdoors

Outdoor education has come a long way since the annual wilderness camp. School campus designs are more readily making use of indoor/outdoor space, small group work and individual study time in open spaces. Without the confinement of four walls, an outdoor classroom...

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Roaming and Wilderness Play in School

The idea of roaming is foreign to a new generation of children. To be able to wander, investigate, to follow ones instincts are all skills that helped older generations of Australians to develop essential skills. School grounds can accommodate this natural instinct to...

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New Research Indicates Sandpits as Important as Ever

Sandpits can be frustrating to manage, with sand traveling around the playground, into the classroom and through clothes. Sandpit covers are needed to prevent animals entering overnight. The benefits, however, of sandpits far outweigh the challenges with new research...

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Outdoor Learning and Play Throughout the School Day

Outdoor learning is becoming an increasingly popular mode of education as educators make use of the benefits of fresh air and nature to calm the minds of students, ready for learning.  During class time the outdoors can be utilised for individual, small group work...

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Sensory Play is Good for all Students

Break time is a valuable opportunity for students to move and relax. Children are adept at naturally doing what they need to do to unwind and re-energise, engaging in gross motor movement, large-scale physical activity, open ended imaginative play and sensory play,...

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Physically Challenging Playgrounds for Senior School

 Senior school students seek physical challenges as much as primary school students and providing something physically challenging to students remains important through all school years. Scheduled sport may provide a small component however break time can be the...

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Playgrounds as an Antidote to Screen Time

Educators are noticing that upper body development is lagging behind in physical development of students, due largely in part to a lack of time outdoors and physical challenge. Screen time and close supervision by parents indoors has taken the place of outdoor play...

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Jumping Pillow Will Increase Enrolments

Playgrounds can be a stunning feature in a school that attract families and engage students. Jumping pillows can be a major attraction, capturing attention upon arrival at the school. At break time the pillow accommodates a large number of students, providing a...

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What playground items are fashionable currently?

Playgrounds are often the first thing that catches your attention as you enter the school grounds or a feature you can see as you drive by. For a long time playgrounds were primarily steel and plastic, similar to those found in a council park. Trends in pedagogy are...

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What Constitutes a Well-Designed Playground?

A good playground goes far beyond the need for adequate shade and physical activity. Good playground design can provide a host of benefits to your school. Firstly recently updated Australian Playground Safety Standards mean that an existing playground, or even a new...

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Best Location for a New Playground

With the growing popularity of nature play playgrounds schools are rethinking the best location for the new playground. Shade sales and soft fall rubber surfaces are giving way to the cooler shade of mature trees and the natural ground cover of mulch. The steel and...

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