8 Things Parents Should Know About Play & Children

2/25/17 1:54 PM / by Swingset & Toy Warehouse posted in backyard fun, family-fun, Parenting, outdoor activities, Education, play, healthy choices

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Kids want to play, but just as importantly, they need to play. It’s good for them, and helps them become well-rounded adults.

As Deborah J. Leong and Elena Bodrova wrote in a Scholastic article on the importance of child’s play

“There is a growing body of research that shows a link between play and the development of cognitive and social skills that are prerequisites for learning more complex concepts as children get older.”

Here are eight things parents should know about child’s play:

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Creative Winter Activities for Kids

2/18/17 2:15 PM / by Swingset & Toy Warehouse posted in outdoor games, backyard fun, Parenting, outdoor activities, creative ideas, winter activities

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Trying to keep your kids occupied this Winter?

It's tough sometimes. Endless cold days and not enough ideas. Kids are little balls of energy, and all the backyard games that helped them decompress in the warmer months are off-limits because of cold weather.

Blogger Anna Luther was facing her first winter with staying home with a toddler, and decided to go looking for ways to avoid cabin fever.

Here are a few of her suggestions for wintertime toddler activities.

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Engaging Your Kids in Conversation

2/8/17 2:00 PM / by Swingset & Toy Warehouse posted in Swing Set, Conversation with kids

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It’s the cornerstone of every public service ad aimed at parents:

“Talk to your kids about…”

That’s easier said than done. Most parents can tell you that talking with your kids isn’t always easy, especially as they get older.

Still, it’s important to know what’s going on in their lives, and in their heads. Parenting magazine offers these strategies for mixing kids and conversation. Try them out the next time you and your child are playing a game together.

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Trampoline Tip Sheet - 10 Things to Know Before You Buy

2/1/17 12:27 PM / by Swingset & Toy Warehouse posted in Trampoline

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For kids, a trampoline is all about freedom.

Start to bounce on one, and you’re free: free from schoolwork and chores, free from responsibilities, free from gravity.

But adults? We still need to think practically about trampolines, even if we do try to sneak in a few jumps every now and then.

With that in mind, we put together this trampoline tip sheet. Our goal is to help our customers make an informed decision before purchasing a trampoline. Here are 10 things to know before you buy:

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