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  • 1.  Outdoor play equipment for toddler playground

    Posted 13 days ago
    Does anyone have any recommendations or "research" supporting best EC Center outdoor play equipment for toddlers?  Just beginning our investigations! Thanks!

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    Alison Rutter
    Associate Professor
    East Stroudsburg University
    East Stroudsburg, PA

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  • 2.  RE: Outdoor play equipment for toddler playground

    Posted 3 days ago
    Dear Allison,
    I noticed that there were no response on your request. This does not surprise me as the general opinion is that toddlers do not need outside play equipment
    as they are "too small" for playing with equipment outside. As a trainer for ECD/E educators/practitioners in South Africa, I have an endless battle to convince centers and
    their staff to allow the toddlers to be active outside. I am currently busy to set together a "curriculum" for babies and toddlers and in my research came across this book
    which highlights many forms of perceptual motor play inside and outside. it is available on the internet under the title "Learning through Play in the Early years." A resource book
    compiled by the Early Years Interboard panel for the proposed  Foundation Stage as recommended by CCEA. Unfortunately it does not have ideas for apparatus such as for climbing and other gross motor involvement. I have designed a number of outdoor play areas with apparatus for this age group which turned out to be well functional.
    Hope this helps.
    Sophie.

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    Sophia Breytenbach
    me
    Breytenbach Center for Education
    Pretoria
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  • 3.  RE: Outdoor play equipment for toddler playground

    Posted 2 days ago
    Thank you!  Your comments are helpful!

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    Alison Rutter
    Associate Professor
    East Stroudsburg University
    [East Stroudsburg] [PA]
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  • 4.  RE: Outdoor play equipment for toddler playground

    Posted 2 days ago
    Hi Alison,
    We have lots of outdoor play equipment options for toddlers.
    Musical instruments, dramatic play products, gross motor products, art easels, STEAM, nature, water and sand play items and lots more.
    My company specializes in creating and designing outdoor learning centers for children of all ages. We have created a line of outdoor products that support a schools curriculum.

    Good luck with your search.
    Marcia

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    Marcia Sweet
    Owner
    Playspace Design
    Cleveland Hts OH
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  • 5.  RE: Outdoor play equipment for toddler playground

    Posted 2 days ago
    Thank you. I’ll forward this my two teachers looking at this question!

    Alison