2019 PLAYGROUND | SHADE | SITE FURNISHINGS | SHELTER SALE

Playground Equipment Sale through May 31st, 2019.

Korkat has launched a huge commercial playground and recreation equipment sale with deep discounts for 2019.  Save thousands on 27 predesigned playground structures. 2019 SPRING PLAYGROUND SALE

Don’t miss out on this huge array of playground equipment, independent items, and site furnishings.

Save thousands of dollars on the following select designs and styles:

  • PLAYGROUND STRUCTURES
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
  • INDEPENDENT PLAY ITEMS
  • SHADE STRUCTURES (COASTAL AREAS TOO)
    • PICNIC SHELTERS (COASTAL AREAS TOO)
  • PARK BENCHES & PICNIC TABLES

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2019 Spring Playground Equipment Sale

Playground Equipment Sale through May 15th, 2019.

2019 SRP WINTER PLAYGROUND SALE FULLGet up to 38% off select play and recreation equipment packages.

Superior Recreational Product’s has launched a huge commercial playground and recreation equipment sale with deep discounts for package purchases.

The new year calls for deep playground discounts. Create a complete playground site* within your budget by taking advantage of our package sale.

Save thousands of dollars on the following select designs and styles:

  • PLAYGROUND STRUCTURES
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
  • PLAYGROUND CLIMBERS & SLIDES
  • SHADE STRUCTURES (COASTAL AREAS TOO)
  • PARK BENCHES & PICNIC TABLES

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Summer Playground Equipment Sale

1Playground Equipment Sale through September 28th, 2018.

Get up to 45% off select play and recreation equipment.

We are thrilled to present Superior Recreational Product’s largest sale of recreation equipment this year.  Save thousands of dollars on the following items:

  • PLAYGROUND STRUCTURES
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
  • PLAYGROUND CLIMBERS
  • PICNIC SHELTERS (COASTAL AREAS TOO)
  • SHADE STRUCTURES (COASTAL AREAS TOO)
  • PARK BENCHES & PICNIC TABLES

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Playground Planning: Include These “7 Zones” To Create a Balanced Playground Environment

Before choosing the actual layout for your playground, it’s helpful to have an overall plan or design for the placement of furnishings.  You will want to organize the space in a way that will promote physical and social play while minimizing conflicts.  The following is called the zoned approach and was outlined in Esbenson in his book “The Early Childhood Playground: An Outdoor Classroom”. Similar to the way a classroom is arranged  into specific areas or centers, small groupings of functionally separate outdoor play areas called zones can enrich children’s interaction with the equipment, nature, adults, and one another.  Instead of having one large, central structure that attempts to provide a variety of experiences and activities for children, each zone includes several smaller, related activities and pieces of equipment. This allows more active play areas to be separated from areas that involve less noisy creative of manipulative activities and can help minimize the tendency for louder, bigger boys to dominate a play structure.
Esbenson outlines seven distinct zones:

1. Transition zone: The area between your building and the playground or between different play zones.  This area allows children time  and space to decide where they want to go as they enter the playground.  This can include open space, or seating areas. Items to consider: picnic tables and benches, Shade Structures, Picnic Shelters, Bleachers.

2. Manipulative/Creative Zone: Although a place for large-motor activities, fine-motor activities can also be promoted outside.  The zone can include a table, ease with paints, or panels with manipulatives.Items to consider: Playground Equipment, Fitness Equipment, Surfacing Materials

3. Projective/Fantasy Zone: This area is filled with materials to fuel children’s imaginations: crates of plastic animals, loose parts, stacks of blocks, and buckets of toy bulldozers.  Locate water and sand nearby. Items to consider: Early Childhood Playground Equipment,

4. Focal/Social Zone: Although an action-oriented space, this area fosters a sense of community, a place where children can sit and talk with their peers, share a discovery or simply observe.  Picnic tables, benches, shaded area, or large stones. Items to consider: Playground Equipment, Shade Structures, Picnic Shelters, Boulders, Freestanding Climbers

5. Social/dramatic Zone: Dramatic play offers a safe arena to try out new roles.  A playhouse with sensory panels, play car, play fort, trike track with stations and signs, can stimulate all kinds of language and social play.  Add some props from in-doors too, e.g. costumes, etc. Items to consider: Early Childhood Playground Equipment,

6. Physical Zone: This area includes activities that can’t be included indoors.  Children can develop climbing skills, strengthen their muscles, and improve balance and coordination.  The equipment in this zone should allow for many different uses and stimulate the imagination as well as encourage physical activity.   Plan open areas, as some of the best physical activity – running, walking, jumping, rolling–requires no equipment. equipment such as a toss-up goal, stenciled areas, and trike tracks are important elements.  The equipment must be age-appropriate and scaled to the developmental abilities of the children using it.  The structures are so high that children need assistance, or so low that they misbehave and abuse it, accidents  both minor and sever are sure to occur. Playground Equipment, Fitness Equipment, Surfacing Materials, Trike Tracks.

7. Natural element zones: Sand, grass, nontoxic plants, flowers, and trees are an important part of children’s outdoor exploration, and certainly your entire outdoor space should contain a variety of natural elements. Items to consider: Nontoxic Plants Table.

The following was adapted from Tracy Theemes’ “Let’s Go Outside! Designing the Early Childhood Playground”

Don’t forget to reference the Fundraising Resources page on the top right tab, for products and resources to help you with your playground fundraiser.  If you are located in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and would like assistance in planning and designing an early childhood playground, please contact us at www.korkat.com


Playground Equipment and Autism- The Sensory Rich Playground for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Young children learn by using all of their senses, so your playground should offer as many experiences as possible. For kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this need for balance can be extreme. The more sensory experiences, the more is learned and gained during development.  The playground should include the following sensory areas:

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girl_playingColor and Varying Elevations: Adults tend to look at the functional aspect of playgrounds that includes the natural coloration and a traditional theme.  Ofttimes, the natural looking playground is aesthetic for the adult rather than the child.  It’s rare that the typical child-oriented environment consists of typical natural coloration, i.e. beige, green, brown.  More likely, a playground with a variety of shapes, colors, and forms will offer the most stimulation and improve spatial perception.

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The vestibular system consists of small, liquid-filled tubes in the inner ear and is important in maintaining a child’s sense of balance.  The movement of liquid through these canals produces stimulation of the nervous system. Sensory experiences change every time the head moves in a different direction or at a different speed; this explains children’s great enjoyment of whirling, spinning, swing, or being tossed in the air.   During the first years, children’s vestibular systems are very receptive to even small amount s of stimulation, and slight variations in speed and direction have a substantial effect on balance.  The vestibular system works with the senses of touch and vision as well as sensations from the joints and muscles to help children orient themselves in space.  When children go down a slide, for example, they both feel and see themselves moving downward through space.  by about the age of 8, the sensory-motor development of children is well established.

Tire Swing Tire Swing- the most popular component for any sensory gym.  The tire swing allows multiple planes of movement, rocking/swaying, spinning, rotary spinning
 Dynamo Biggo Flyer- Korkat.com Dynamo Web Climber– Alternative to traditional climbers. Allows multiple children.
 axis spinner Axis Spinner  Xccent Play.  By using core muscles, kids can propel themselves or can be pushed w/supervision-
 xwave X-wave Rider-

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This involves the entire surface do f the body as children experience changes in texture and temperature through their sense of touch.  in the outdoor setting, nature alone provide s children with a  great variety of interesting texture to explore.  building snow sculptures, digging in dirt, rolling in grass, and tending a garden provide excellent opportunities for children to gain an appreciation of the natural world thorough their sense of touch.  Weather conditions also provide natural tactile sensations as children feel the rush of the wind, the warmth of ht sun, or the nip of the cold on their skin.  you can extend and enrich children’s tactile explorations by providing water, sand and other sensory materials.

 ella sand and water table  Sand/Water Play- Ideal with moon sand or sculpting sand, these sand tables include lids to keep unwanted guests out.

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The kinesthetic sense detects body position, weight, and movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.  This sense influences children’s eye-hand and eye-foot coordination. Children develop spatial awareness by using their bodies to experiment withe the relationship of self to the environment.  you can give children opportunities to do this by providing equipment and materials for them to climb on, crawl under, jump over, and hang from. children also like to hid in small spaces, crouch in corners, and squeeze backwards through holes as they experiment with moving their bodies in many different ways.

monarch clear climbing wall Lateral Movement- Climbing Wall– Bubble Wall climber by Playland International.
 climb and discover cave  Lateral Movement- Discovery Climbing Tunnel- gives kids ability to climb over, under. Includes cozy space to get away for some “low-stim”
 tube slide  Linear Movement- sliding experiences are aplenty on playgrounds w/closed tunnels (tube slides) available up to a 14′ height, and open slides usually up to 8′ height.
 axis spinner  Radial Movement- spinning w/supervision.  The Axis Spinner by Xccent Play gives kids with lower core strength the opportunity to spin outside the classroom. 
 geodesic climber  Hanging- joint compression- The Space Pod (geodesic climber) by Playland International gives multiple kids unlimited climbing or hanging experiences.
push pull components Push/Pull- Snugplay Systems,  gives multiple school age kids the ability to use core muscles and joint compression by lifting and building components
 Net climber- mini  Elevation– Climbing webs are available for many heights and age-groups.  Although they require hire level motor pl

 

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The outdoor setting provides an array of sounds if only we take the time to listen, help children focus on and identify the different sounds around, such as children shouting, birds chirping, leaves crunching, dogs barking, and street sounds around them.  Children’s auditory experience is enhanced as they hear and listen for new sounds in the outdoors.  Children should be encouraged to use their outside voices to sing, shout, and make whatever noises they wish.

Freestanding Music Elements
 Music Stations
Music Chimes and Tubes

 

Adapted from Tracy Theemes’ “Let’s Go Outside! Designing the Early Childhood Playground”

Don’t forget to reference the Fundraising Resources page on the top right tab, for products and resources to help you with your playground fundraiser. If you are located in the Southeast and would like ideas for creating playground designs for children with autism spectrum disorder, or other special needs, please contact us at www.korkat.com.

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14 Layout Solutions for your Playground Design

Bonded Rubber Playground Surfacing1. Organize zones to facilitate play and minimize conflicts, e.g. locate quiet play areas away from active spaces

2. Provide areas that encourage group interaction as well as places from solitary and partner play

3. Avoid putting high-activity zones close to transitional zones

4. Locate compatible play zones close together, e.g. creative play and social play can be placed adjacent

5. Design all play zones for child-initiated activity

6. Locate play areas for toddler and areas involving quiet, creative activities near the entry to building

7. Use low, natural partitions and different surfacing materials to define zones, i.e. EWF hardwood fibers around swings, and pour-in-place rubber surfacing around the playsystem

8. Use space wisely, leaving some areas open. Cluttered playground detracts from children’s explorations and cause injuries

9. Plan zones to take advantage of any prominent or unusual elements, e.g. physical area around a sloped designed for running

10. Be sure that equipment landscaping do not interfere with visual supervision. Adults must have a clear line-of-sight

11. Retain as many existing trees, shrubs, and other landscaping as possible.

12. Locate equipment away from dumpsters, heavy traffic and loud noises. Plant trees or build fences and visual barriers to block nuisances.

13. Make sure site is accessible for maintenance and emergency equipment

14. Use your imagination. Paint stones, create a mural, make hand prints in cement. Cue children through the color, shape and type of materials that this is their place to play.

The following was adapted from Tracy Theemes’ “Let’s Go Outside! Designing the Early Childhood Playground”

If you’re looking for a fundraising partner or program, don’t forget to review the Fundraising Resources pages on the top right tab.  If you are located in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, or North Carolina and would like assistance with designing your playground,  please contact us at www.korkat.com