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Why Recess Matters – Kids In Pursuit of Play

Kids are built to move! Growing bodies are pushing their boundaries as they learn both how to move and how to build lifetime habits of being active.

Unfortunately, many kids are deprived of the opportunity for recess and physical education as schools focus on standardized testing emphasizing academic subjects. The most frustrating part of this is that kids who move more do better on those tests!1,2

Kids in Pursuit of Play with LuckyDog Recreation

Kids In Pursuit of Play

Regular physical activity is key to the growth and overall success of children as they grow into maturity. Current recommendations for children under 18 years of age:

  • Kids need at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity, and including at least three days of vigorous physical activity.
  • Include muscle strengthening activities such as climbing trees, using playground equipment, etc. on at least three days of the week.
  • Also, bone strengthening activities like running or jumping rope should be done at least three days of the week as well.3

That’s a lot of activity for a child who is essentially confined to a desk for most of the day.

It comes as no surprise that teachers commonly complain about behavioral disturbances, when research clearly shows that even one period of recess time of at least 15 minutes has significant positive improvement on classroom behavior.4

Recess Matters Because Children Matter

If we really care about children and their ability to succeed in today’s world, we need to prepare them for success by building strong habits early on.

If we really want to see school test scores improve, we need to provide opportunities for growing minds to succeed with built in physical activity.

Kids are meant to move; let’s show how much we care by giving them that chance.

Dr. Brett McIff

Dr. Brett McIff - LuckyDog RecreationDr. McIff has worked in physical activity promotion for over 20 years in a variety of fields from personal training to policy development.  He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sports Science. He continued his graduate work with a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health at Walden University.  Brett has served as President of the National Physical Activity Society and as President of the Utah Chapter of the Society of Public Health Educators and served on expert panels with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Science.  He works with committees at the national, state, and local levels to promote environments that encourage regular physical activity.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The association between school based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.
  2. Physical activity and sedentary time in relation to academic achievement in children. Haapala, Eero A. et al. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport , Volume 20, Issue 6, 583 – 589.
  3. US Department of Health and Human Services. 2008 physical activity guidelines for Americans. 2008. http://www.health.gov/PAGuidelines.
  4. 4. School recess and group classroom behavior. Barros RM, Silver EJ, Stein RE. Pediatrics. 2009 Feb; 123(2):431-6. doi:10.1542/peds.2007-2825.

Roaming Wyoming Elementary School Playground

Just in time for the new school year, the LuckyDog construction crew completed a new Wyoming elementary school playground we like to call “The Wyoming Roaming Playground,” in Farson, Wyoming.

The Wild West is known for roaming cowboys, roaming deer, buffalo and antelope, but a roaming playground?

The lucky kids at Farson-Eden Elementary School will get to break in the new equipment at their current location, and again next year when we round up the whole playground and move it to their new school.

Rope Cimber playground equipment by Playcraft, installed by LuckyDog Recreation

The tan and dark green colors speak pure cowboy…

This Playcraft™ playground design includes a plethora of special features:

  • Four-way Playcraft Gyro Pod Spinner™ – a dizzy-making kid favorite
  • Cube Net Hub and Web Link Climber – a retro twist on rope climbers
  • A “View Port” – enclosed within the tube slide
  • The Boulder Stack Climber
  • Four Color Variegated Slides
Wyoming Elementary School Playground Equipment by LuckyDog Recreation

Don’t you love the variegated slides? Especially the tube slide with the view port?

Wyoming Elementary School Playground by LuckyDog Recreation

Better still…the Playcraft Gyro Pod Spinner™ looks like way too much fun!

The Roundup Team

Together making roundup history, LuckyDog worked with Hogan and Associates Construction’s satellite office crew from Lyman, WY and with Plan One Architects out of Cody, WY.

LuckyDog will complete the “Great Playground Round-Up” when we move these play structures and re-install them to the final destination at the new Farson-Eden Elementary School location.

Until then stop by and see this delightful playground at the temporary location.

Farson-Eden Elementary School
900 Highway 28
Farson, WY 82932

In Pursuit of Play!

Nicole Stoddard – Playcraft™ Elementary School Playground Rep

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Playground for Franklin Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Franklin Elementary school playground equipment, located in Salt Lake City School District, is another example of the fantastic playground design LuckyDog Recreation creates with the PlayCraft Systems™ equipment line.

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This nature themed elementary school playground structure was designed specifically for the kindergarten area. The playground equipment and the coordinating pour-in-place safety surfacing fits right in with the surrounding design of the school and privacy fence.

The equipment offers both active play and quiet play areas, maximizing the space available; not an inch or space was left unutilized.

This is the perfect school playground equipment for active engagement. The structure includes several climbing activities and sliding activity plus fun balancing and rocking activities.

In addition to active imagination free play, there is a seating area for quiet play.

Kids love the balance beam alligator! You will find that it does not take long for them to name their new friend.

We are proud of the work we do. This was a turnkey project, the LuckyDog Recreation construction team removed and disposed of the old equipment, supplied and installed the new equipment and prepared the site (compacted road base) for the pour-in-place surfacing.

Nicole Stoddard – LuckyDog Sales-woman representing Playcraft Systems™

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P.S. Like this playground? For a PDF of the top-view and parts list click here: Franklin Playground Layout and Parts List

Franklin Elementary School
1115 300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

CONTRACTOR: LuckyDog Recreation
OWNER: Salt Lake School District
MANUFACTURER: PlayCraft Systems™

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