Archive for June, 2013

How to Make a Backyard First Aid Kit

June 27th, 2013 by

How to Make a Backyard First Aid KitIt’s officially summer!  Playtime is in high gear, which means more fun but also more accidents. In the course of their outdoor activities, your children will most likely come home with new battle scars every day. Between the scraped knees and mosquito bites, you’ll want to have a good backyard first aid kit on hand. Read on for what to include in your basic first aid kit and how to get your kids involved.

Put It All Together

You can buy pre-made first aid kits, or you can pick out what you need at your local drug store and pack your own. As you put the kit together, talk to your kids about safety and how to use each item (and in what situations). What do you use to clean out a cut or a scrape? When should you go find an adult to help right away? Here’s a list of basic items you can include in your kit:

  • Antiseptic cleaning wipes
  • Alcohol cleansing pads
  • Butterfly closure bandages
  • Band-Aids (multiple sizes and fun varieties)
  • Gauze
  • Gauze roll
  • First aid tape
  • Moleskin (for blisters)
  • Neosporin/antibiotic ointment
  • Insect sting relief
  • Sunblock
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine
  • Tweezers (for splinters or ticks)
  • Flashlight

Customize It For Your Kids

You can customize your backyard first aid kit for your children and the types of trouble they usually find themselves in. Add an Epi-pen if your child is allergic to bee stings, or load up on antiseptic wipes if your kid always walks in the door with a scraped knee. And why not bring your kids with your while you’re shopping for supplies so they can pick their favorite type of Band-Aid?

Keep It Accessible

Try to find a spot for the kit where the kids can always get to it if they need it. You could store it outdoors on a patio or deck, put it in the garage if the kids have the code or can open it easily, or put it in an easy to reach drawer in the kitchen or bathroom inside. Everyone should know where the first aid kit is stored and it should always be returned to that spot so you don’t have to look for it when you need it.

With a good first aid kit stocked with the basics, you and your kids should be able to make it through the summer with no problem. Your children will be able to learn the basics of first aid and develop good “first responder” Band-Aid application skills, which will be useful for a lifetime!

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Play Trend: Pop-Up Playgrounds

June 17th, 2013 by

Play Trend: Pop-Up PlaygroundsHere at Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores, we talk a lot about ways to keep your kids active. But what do you do if you don’t have a backyard or safe space where your kids can play?

In New York City, civic coalitions are doing an experiment to answer just that question. The idea is simple: close down a street for a few hours during a designated day and turn that street into a safe space for children to play. It’s called making a “pop-up playground,” and according to a New York Times article about the program, the results have been promising.

The sites of these pop-up playgrounds have been in low-income areas with high rates of obesity. Many of these areas have high crime rates and heavy traffic, so the streets are not usually the best place to play. Because of this, kids stay inside and watch TV and play video games instead of playing outside.

So far, the pop-up playgrounds have brought families to play outside for an average of one to two and a half hours. According to surveys conducted by event organizers, parents reported that they would have normally spent that time indoors.

At the pop-up playgrounds, there are activities for all ages of children, including yoga, running, tennis, and jump-rope. By focusing on athletics instead of toys, kids are encouraged to develop healthy habits that they can continue after the day is over. In fact, many of these play sites are located near existing playgrounds or farmers’ markets in order to promote the continuation of healthy choices.

By providing safe play space for kids, pop-up playgrounds help promote kids to choose to go outside and be active instead of stay inside and do sedentary activities instead. The hope is that this program will help to address the widespread problem of obesity in these areas, although the issue of obesity and inactivity is certainly not limited to New York City streets.

With events like pop-up playgrounds being met with such success, health administrators hope that lawmakers take notice and invest more effort into making local playgrounds safe and clean.

We hope that this program continues with great results. Between pop-up playgrounds, playborhood parties, and encouraging physical activity every day, we can help our kids develop habits to keep them healthy, strong, and happy!

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