Creative Systems Playground Equipment Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:31:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How Playgrounds Impact Children Psychologically Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:28:41 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> Playgrounds have been known to have a great deal of impact on children’s physical well being. But did you know that the playgrounds can also impact children’s psychological well being? Cognitive and physical development are only two of the most primary parts of a child’s well being that need consideration. Apart from that, children need to stable psychologically. This post will explore the myriad benefits that the playgrounds have on the psychological well being of kids.


What do Playgrounds Offer?

Many parents take the idea of letting kids out in the playgrounds (to play with the community outdoor playground equipment) risky due to several factors. First, there is the risk of damaged play equipment that may hurt children. Most children are not vigilant enough to understand the perils of playing outside and therefore are at more risk of getting hurt.

Secondly, there’s the problem of supervision and lack of hygiene on the playgrounds. Children, especially toddlers put anything and everything in their mouth, which is a strong warning alarm for parents. However, this should not mean that we should just tuck our kids in the warmth of our overprotective arms and never let them leave.


“Should I let my child be alone with the commercial playground equipment?” Yes, why not? In fact, this should not be the question on your mind, the thing you should be asking is: “how can I make playgrounds more safe and clean for my children?”

If the playgrounds have a favorable environment for children, you will feel fine with the idea of letting kids outside. And plus, your kids will feel great outside in a healthy, clean environment where they can let their inner ‘Max’ grow.


Can Playgrounds Eradicate the Emotional Issues in Children?

The simple answer is (a resounding) YES! Many research studies highlight that children need a way to let go, and playgrounds offer them a healthy channel to let out their emotions. How, you may ask? Playground equipment, especially the modern designs, is more than just a play system. They engage children, both physically and psychologically. For example, the most common emotional state associated with play and playgrounds is self esteem, self reliance, and the feeling of achievement that the children get after accomplishing little tasks on the playground.

Where does childhood depression come from? It arises when children feel low in the spirits; it comes when children feel they have been let down; it comes when children fail to communicate their emotions properly; and most importantly, it arises when children feel abandoned. Playgrounds can help relieve most (if not all) of the symptoms of childhood depression. A simple playground game can help child forget about the everyday worries that bother him. Remember that children do not communicate about everything, so just let them deal with some of their issues on their own. At the end of the day, a healthy child will successfully cope with day-to-day worries.

Does your child suffer from childhood depression? What do you do to help him? How do you think playground affected your child’s mood? Share your opinion with through our comment section below and let us know what you think.

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“Light Up the Dark” Sweden’s way to Increase active play Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:41:16 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> Playgrounds are the essential tools that contribute significantly towards children’s development, both physical and cognitive. Recently, there has been an increased shift in children’s everyday activities, thanks to the never ending collection of games and digital toys that keep children busy. To make sure that the children spend more time outdoor than indoor, Philips decided to lighten up the parks. This post will highlight the project and its outcome.

According to Philips spokesperson:

“If we can adapt technology to suit people’s needs, then we can create different types of atmospheres and colors to create different moods. We already do so in our own homes, changing light moods from room to room, so we wanted to take that concept and make it work in larger open spaces.”

According to Philips research, winter days last more than the summer days in Uppsala. The residents spend months of winter in endless darkness. Children in Uppsala were unable to use outdoor playground equipment during the winter days, which constitute around more than 6 months. This means that children were getting less time for active or unstructured play activities. To get the city out of darkness in the immense winter days, the community decided to ‘light up the dark’.


Tegnérparken or ‘Giraffe Park’ is one of the major parks in Uppsala community. In winter, the park descends into immense darkness after 3 PM.Through the ‘light up the dark’ project, the community installed a dozen lights throughout the park to highlight the commercial playground equipment in the playground. With this improvement, the children now have more time to engage in active play activities that they were once unable to take part in during the winter season.

Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, took a step towards improving the society with outdoor lightening systems that illuminate the playground equipment for children.

The figure below illustrates the results of increased lightening in Tegnérparken:


According to the results, more children go out in the playground during the winter season. Previously, the playground would be deserted after 4 PM, but with the installation of new lights, the playground remains illuminated all through the night.

Our Take on the Idea

Lightening the dark playgrounds is the best way to get kids to stay outdoors for longer. Commercial playground equipment and other playground structures for that matter are absolutely crucial for growing children. If we look at the past researches, we can easily find numerous sources that point out the fact how children enhance their well being by simply spending more time at the playgrounds. So I believe that projects like the one mentioned above should not be taken for granted. There are various playgrounds in America that support evening lightening, but outdoor play is not as common as it should be.

How do you contribute towards your child’s physical and cognitive development? Have you participated in any community project that would help increase children’s outdoor activities? Please share your opinion with us through our comment section below.

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Is Your Child ‘Max’ The King of all Wild Things? Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:46:50 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> I don’t know about you, but my niece certainly is the ‘Max’ the King of All Wild Things. If you are aware of the children’s renowned story “where the wild things are,” then you probably have guessed by now where I am going with this. Despite being a children’s book, Maurice Sendak gives an influential lesson to adults through illustrative images that evoke a lot of things about family ties and, especially, about children and their wild imagination.


“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen.”



Children are always looking for new, something different, something that will engage them, and outdoor playground equipment is not always what the kids are looking for. In the story “Where the Wild things are,” the young boy named Max feels uncomfortable in his own house where he is not allowed any kind of monkey business. Why do you think that Max ran off to the wild world?

Children are naturally not designed to act stable or in control, and while trying to prevent their mischieves, we are only holding them back. Of course, we cannot allow them to do anything they want, but we can always give them a certain amount of freedom so they can let loose and have things their way.

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“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.”

The above quote is a great example of patience. Despite of the creature’s terrible roars, terrible teeth, terrible eyes, and terrible claws, Max loved them and became their king. In fact, they bonded so well that the wild things didn’t want him to leave. This is exactly what our children need. They want to bond with us, play with us, and share things with us.


“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”

Are you giving your max what he needs the most? Is he having enough attention at home? Or is your busy schedule keeping you from spending time with your child? If the answer to all the above things is yes, then you have got to figure out how you are going to balance your time, so that your child gets to have some of it.

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Simply letting kids out on the commercial playground equipment, or allowing them to do whatever they want is not a good parenting strategy. You need to be there for your child no matter what. You need to make them feel like they belong somewhere. You need to make them feel safe, and the only way to do is through giving them enough time. The time that they deserve. If you give them the time and affection that they seek, maybe they will give up their wild ways.


“Then from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat, so he gave up being king of the wild things.”

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The Remarkable Lesson in ‘The Giving Tree’ for Children Wed, 09 Sep 2015 06:36:06 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> PBF232-The_Unforgiving_Treea

Stories can do wonders for children. If you had the chance to read the amazing illustrated children’s book ‘The Giving Tree’ than you probably know where this is going. I recently had the chance to read the book again, and I realized hoe remarkable is it and what an incredible lesson it teaches to kids.

Do you ever feel like that your child needs to learn more about sharing? Whether it’s commercial playground equipment or a school lunch, sharing is an important attribute. In this article, I will shed a light on the lesson the book shares and how it can be meaningful for children of growing age.

To start off, I will summarize what the story entails.


The story is about a tree that likes a little boy. The boy enjoys the tree’s shade, its fruits and trunk. He goes by the tree and spends his day near the tree having fun. The tree enjoys the boy’s company likewise. But as the time passes by, the boy gets older and is no longer able to indulge in his youthful practices. He asks the tree for more and more until there is nothing left of tree but a stump. But even when the tree has no fruit to offer, at the end of the day it still offers it stump’s shade to the boy who has now grown into an old man. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

And after a long time the boy came back again.

“I am sorry, Boy,” said the tree,” but I have nothing left to give you – My apples are gone.”

“My teeth are too weak for apples,” said the boy.

“My branches are gone,” said the tree.

” You cannot swing on them – ” “I am too old to swing on branches,” said the boy.

“My trunk is gone, ” said the tree. “You cannot climb – ”

“I am too tired to climb” said the boy.

“I am sorry,” sighed the tree.

“I wish that I could give you something…. but I have nothing left.

I am just an old stump. I am sorry….”

“I don’t need very much now,” said the boy.

“just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.”

“Well,” said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,

“well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting Come, Boy, sit down.

Sit down and rest.” And the boy did. And the tree was happy.

This wonderful little story teaches children the moral of caring for other without any expectations. With this story children learn to share without any selfish expectations for rewards. The story has two distinct characters, one that gives away, and one that takes. While reading this story, you need to explain to your kids the importance of the character that gives, and why this character is more significant than the other character. This is something outdoor playground equipment or complex play structures cannot teach kids.


Do you read stories to your kids? What kind of stories do you read? Share your opinion with through our comment section below.


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Books: Windows to Children’s Imagination Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:35:05 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> I would like to begin this post with a beautiful and (well said) quote by Northrop Frye that goes like: The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.

You will find various quotes regarding technology and books throughout this post, but be assured that the quotes are placed here to raise a voice against technology, instead they represent a certain school of thought that is worth learning.

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him. —Maya Angelou


An author, whose name escapes me, once said that books are windows to our imagination. When children read books, they polish their imagination. When you read to your child, each word forms a distinct picture in your child’s head. This not only helps him work his creativity and imagination, but also allows him to learn and see things from his very own perspective.

One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children. —Carl Sagan


Throughout history, reading to children has been given tremendous importance and there is a reason why. When children are read to, they develop a thorough understanding of the world from a very different angle. This kind of thing cannot be taught at school. Outdoor playground equipment and other play structures of the same nature play a key role in cerebral and physical development of a child, but reading contributes towards a child’s imagination.


Today, it is hard to find a child who does not have a technological gadget at his disposal. Children born in the 2000’s are the last generation to know about cassette tapes. Do you think it is possible for children to leave their gadgets and focus on a good book. I doubt that.

Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head. –Jasper Fforde


Technology has made kids distant from the things that actually help them learn stuff. A commercial playground equipment may help kids build stronger muscles, but a good book can help them refine their perspective, which is also of paramount importance.

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. –Aldous Huxley

Many researchers believe that by introducing technology early in life, we are sending our kids backwards in terms of knowledge. Early exposure to the technological devices impairs children of their cerebral abilities that are only nourished through active play.


Technology… the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it. –Max Frisch

Digital entertainment is no way an alternative for active play. We need to reconsider the way our children spend their days, and make sure that we are not depriving them of good, natural play.

How much are books involved in your child’s life? Share your opinion with other parents through our comment section below.

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Why Children Need to have More Play Dates? Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:52:27 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> Have you ever tried solving 7th grade math questions? If you have deciphered the subjects, then you are clearly a super parent. However, unfortunately, not all of us are that smart. In this era of hard-hitting competition and labyrinthine academic subjects, children are constantly burdened mentally and physically. Most parents do not take the idea of play dates seriously. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that most parents think of play dates as a waste of time. In this post, I have highlighted the 3 most crucial things that come out of play dates. Scrolls down to find out.


Emotional and Social Development

Play dates are so much more than just a little get together where children share their toys. Play dates allow children to build an emotional and social connection with other children and learn the behavioral norms of a social setting. Think about it, without play dates, children will never develop the self esteem that allows them to function properly in a social setting. Play dates in an earlier childhood allow children to break the ice and experiment with their behaviors.

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Creative Development

Creativity cannot be taught in classrooms; it is something that comes naturally. However, according to the growing body of research, children are not born with creative skills; they simply pick up skills as they along through their school and college areas. The more creative a child’s environment is, the more creative skills he’s going to develop. For example, arranging a play date near commercial playground equipment has far more beneficial effects on a child’s creative development than the play dates that are arranged indoors.

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Physical Development

Creative, social and emotional developments are only some of the benefits of play dates. The biggest advantage derived from play dates is undoubtedly the physical and muscular strength. Most children do not participate actively in sports activities and school playground equipment activities, which keep children from nurturing their physical strengths. Play dates bring opportunities for children to get together with their friends and have both exercise and recreation.

The above-mentioned benefits are only a few of the benefits that can be derived through play dates. In addition to bringing recreation to children, the play dates allow parents to have a time out. Think about it, your child is busy with his friends for two hours giving you the opportunity to be with yourself. If you feel like that you can’t leave your child alone, figure out a way to spend time with yourself while you watch your kids. Here is a list of things that you can do:

  • Call some friends and have them over
  • Watch your favorite sitcom on your smart phone or tablet
  • Engage with your children (play treasure hunt, hide and seek and various other similar games)
  • Ask a friend to watch the kids while you treat yourself with a spa day

A play date is the time for you and your child to enjoy, so let go of your worries for a day and have fun with your kids.

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How to Improve Your Child’s Spatial Skills? Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:38:08 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> Spatial skills are one of the primary skills that a child needs to develop from an early age. They help children develop a better understanding regarding the world around them and deduce judgement accordingly. In this post, we will look at how you can help your child develop sound spatial skills at an early stage to pave a way to a healthy future.


Before we go any further, it is important to understand what is spatial ability, and why it is important for children. Spatial ability is a primary ability of human beings to understand the relation between different objects. Spatial ability encompasses various other skills that include verbal ability and perception of different objects. Now why do we need our children to have these skills early on in life?

Research shows that developing brains have the capacity to consume more information than a developed brain. Inn addition, children who develop spatial skills at an early age are better equipped to handle scholastic pressure in contrast to kids who spend their early childhood days with video games.

Introduce toddlers to specific words

Introduce Toddlers to Specific Words

Research shows that exposing children to specific words can possibly increase their spatial skills. Below is the list of specific words that you can use with children:

  • Big
  • Rectangle
  • Little
  • Fat
  • Thin
  • Short
  • Thick
  • Tall
  • Empty
  • Tiny
  • Full Circle
  • Octagon
  • Triangle
  • Oval
  • Pentagon Bent
  • Curvy
  • Straight
  • Flat
  • Edge
  • Pointy
  • Side
  • Line

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Toys and Games for Developing Spatial Skills

  • Shape sorting puzzles: Sorting puzzles allow children to use their cognitive ability to differentiate one object from the other.
  • Object sorting: Object sorting can be done with anything; cutlery, blocks and toys.
  • Folding activities: Fabric folding and other folding activities are a great way to enhance children’s spatial skills at an early age.
  • Music: Music is an excellent medium to help kids learn spatial ability. Teach your kids how to read and write music notes, and help them learn the various sounds.
  • Jigsaw puzzles: It is a well-documented fact that Jigsaw puzzles help kids develop strong cognitive ability. If you are planing to give a birthday present to your child, consider getting a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Lego game: Your kids don’t enjoy the outdoor playground equipment? Not to worry, here is something that can not only help your child develop enhanced cognitive abilities, but can also allow him to have a recreation that he craves.
  • Construction toys and Mazes: Another set of toys that play a key role in building spatial skills include construction toys and mazes.

Board games: Here’s something way better than the commercial playground equipment or any other play equipment for that matter. Board games are known to help kids pick up myriad cognitive skills that are otherwise hard to garner.

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How to Give The Children a Place to Explore and Grow? Mon, 08 Jun 2015 08:15:20 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> Tykes need new and unique things everyday, especially when it comes to toys, and unfortunately we can’t provide them a distinctive play environment every day. And to rub salt in the wounds, our community parks are not well-kept enough to give our children the adventure they seek. However, you do not always need a fancy playground or play equipment to make your kids enjoy their time outdoors. In this post, we will discover how you can give your children a place to explore and grow without even leaving the house. Scroll down to read more.

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Be Creative

I can almost hear the first thought that comes to your mind after reading the subtitle: “Ughh, I have heard this before, tell me something different.” Many parents take being creative for granted, which not only makes things boring around the house, but also compel children to find something fascinating outside the house. This is when our children go out and indulge in bad practices because they can’t find enough recreation at home.

It is quite understandable that you cannot give your child much time on a daily basis, but you can, however, find a small portion of time every day to make sure that your child gets enough of your attention. There are dozens of ways that can allow you to provide your kids with the opportunities to have bombastic recreation at home. So, here are some of the sure-fire ways you can try at home:


Use the Backyard

No playground and outdoor playground equipment can replace the good old fashioned back yard. The backyard can be used for myriad activities, all you have to do is be creative and help your kids find something fun.


Create your Own Games

There are a lot of games, both structured and unstructured, that can be played in the backyard and even in the living room. If you can’t think of a game to play, create your own. Involve your kids; ask them what would they like to play. This can prove far more productive than the commercial playground equipment that restricts children’s imagination.


Let The Kids Decide

If you think about it, we rarely let the kids have the wheel and steer their play activities. Children have many fewer options when it comes to play. Generally, there are always specified set of activities that we introduce to our kids, which in the long run becomes tiring and boring for children in the long run. This is also the reason why children prefer to spend time with their gaming devices rather than playing in the backyard or the playground.

Therefore, it is crucial that we let the tykes decide what they want to do and how they want to spend their time. Give them a couple of options that include a mixture of different set of activities, including structured, unstructured and active play.

Try to get physically challenging toys for your kids, so that they can add some action in their play activities and enhance their physical fitness.

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Am I Spoiling My Child With Unconditional Love? Mon, 01 Jun 2015 06:06:00 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> I have to confess. I love my children unconditionally and sometimes I think that maybe I am rowing the parenting boat in the wrong direction. I can’t help it. They want something and I want to give them that something that they want so badly. So am I spoiling them? Does that mean that I fail as a parent? A couple of days ago a friend pointed out to me that the reason my kids are way demanding is my willingness to shower them with my unrestricted love. So I couldn’t help but look online what the researchers think and here’s what I found: there are two distinct things that can happen. These are discussed below:

Love Can Destroy The Limits

Too Much Love Can Destroy The Limits

As a parent, it is our responsibility to make sure that our kids know their limits and do not try to break the domestic rules no matter what. A growing body of research suggests that too much parental affection can destroy the limits you establish over time, usually struggle to make kids follow a certain rule and if children fail to abide a certain rule, it can really freak parents out. Why? Because in order to discipline children, it is important to draw a line somewhere and when you become too frank with children, they begin to think that it’s ok to cross the limits.

Affection Help Kids Feel Safe

Affection Help Kids Feel Safe

On the other hand, affection let’s kids feel like they are safe. The world can be a cold place and by showering too much affection on your kid, you might be ruining him. I know what you must be thinking: “so should I not love my kid the way I do?” Who will love him, if I don’t?” As a parent, I can imagine the bundles of love that we want to give to our children, but we cannot let them go off the leash. They are children after all. They need rules, they need discipline in order to be productive individuals of this society. Discipline is not only necessary for their overall growth, but is also crucial for their academic success.

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So What Can We Do?

The best thing for us to do is to find a balance between things. We can’t keep ourselves from loving our children and we can’t just let them be on their own. We can’t teach our kids everything. Playgrounds and outdoor playground equipment play an important role in teaching kids the manners that they need to learn. I usually do not let my children out of my sight because I am a fanatic parent who believes that she needs to protect her kids and playgrounds and the commercial playground equipment may not prove healthy for the kid. But boy am I wrong. I can’t shield my kids from everything, so I need to let go a little. This does not mean that I will love them less; it just means that I will love them while I let them grow without my parental shadow constantly hovering above their heads.

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How Much Exercise Your Child Needs To Get? Mon, 25 May 2015 06:18:46 +0000 creativesystems Continue reading ]]> Here’s a million dollar question that every parent seems to be asking these days: how much exercise should my child get? There is no accurate answer to that question; however, you can choose exercises that go well with your child’s body requirements. I know, you must be thinking why isn’t there an accurate answer to that question? There’s gotta be an exercise regimen or exercise program that helps me gauge how much exercise my child needs.

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Every Child is Different

The reason why there is no accurate answer to that question is that no child is alike. If children were similar in physical and mental aspects, then it would be easy to define a parameter against which we could measure how much exercise children need. Every child is born with different physical and mental capacities that require a different set of workout.

There is, however, a standard set of exercises that every child can practice. The standard procedure includes simple movement based activities that allow every child to maintain his physical well being.


How to Know What Exercise to Choose?

According to various medical researchers, exercise regimen varies by age. For example, newborn babies require simple head, leg, feet and arm movements that keep their bodies in motion. Similarly, toddlers and pre-schoolers require mild exercise in combination with active play and unstructured and structured activities. Preschoolers usually get ample work out with their school playground equipment, but newborn babies require full parental support in order to get the necessary exercise.

According to research, babies need around 35-40 minutes of movement based activities a day. Toddlers need 42- 48 hour of active and structured/unstructured activity in a week. As the age progresses, children need a set of exercises that allow them to enhance their physical and mental capabilities.

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Is the Playground Activity Enough?

Unfortunately, no; the outdoor playground equipment does not allow kids to have ample ‘active play’’ that they require for their growth. It can be quite challenging for parents to figure out how much activity their child should be getting. The best thing to do as a parent is to make sure that your child does not follow a sedentary lifestyle. Playground activities and physical activities (that can include backyard games and indoor games) can be enough to get kids the necessary workout that their young minds and bones require.

If you think that the playground activities are hardcore enough to get your child’s heart racing, then it is a possibility that they will be enough for your child’s physical training. However, by looking at the current condition of our community parks, it is not appropriate to let kids spend much time in the playgrounds.

You can work out a routine where your child gets the 3 most important types of exercises, namely active, structured and unstructured activities. Children need ample activity so does not worry about tiring them out. Just make sure that with exercise and physical activities, they get ample sleep and nutrition to combat nutritional deficiencies.

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