Incorporate Playgrounds into Summer Adventures!

School’s out, it’s hot, and unless there’s a family vacation or summer camp in the plans, summer means a lot of sitting around the house. Getting kids to play outside during the summer can be a challenge. Face it—who can blame them for not wanting to get out of the...

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A Historical Look at Playgrounds & Playground Safety

Playgrounds have been around in the United States for more than 130 years, and throughout the years, they have changed significantly (for the better). From materials to safety precautions and child development considerations, here are some ways that American...

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“Make a Splash” with a New Splash Pad!

Anyone who remembers their childhood knows that children love playing in public water fountains. They even enjoy playing in the backyard sprinkler out on the lawn. It doesn’t take much to keep children entertained. Have you considered building a splash pad for your...

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What is ‘Critical Fall Height’ and Why Does it Matter?

If you’ve been looking at our No Fault website (and if you have, WELCOME!) you may have noticed that each of our playground safety surface products (such as Poured-In-Place (PIP), Loose Rubber Mulch, Bonded Rubber Mulch, and Safety Tiles) have "critical fall heights"...

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Does Longer Recess Mean Better Grades?

As beneficial as playtime is for our children, unfortunately, it has been scaled back or eliminated altogether in schools across the country. The average third-grader receives only 1.7 hours of outdoor play per week according to a National Center for Education...

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Safe Water Play Means Getting the Right Surfacing

Children love playing in water. That’s why aquatic playgrounds provide an engaging alternative to swimming, wading and paddling pools. Water play livens public spaces and offers endless opportunities for family-friendly fun. The picture above displays our No Fault...

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No Fault Safety Surface Is Not Just For Playgrounds!

Here at No Fault Sport Group, we are always talking about playground safety. After all, the complete No Fault Safety Surface System is designed to provide a resilient, porous and seamless playground safety surface. We believe that it’s the best rubber surface...

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Playground Tips for Children with Special Needs

Playgrounds are meant for ALL children. Parents and school administrators need occasional reminders that this means including children with special needs too. “Special needs” can range from physical challenges to emotional, behavioral, or learning difficulties. This...

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“IPEMA Certified” – What Does it Mean?

What goes into a great playground? A great playground requires fun equipment, engaging layouts, inclusive designs, and safety surfacing for creativity to blossom in a safe environment. For owner/operators and architects responsible for building and maintaining these...

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Children Need Playgrounds! Here’s Why…

There’s no doubt about it. Multiple studies have uncovered a correlation between play and academic achievement. Increased physical activity during the school day can help children’s attention, classroom behavior, and achievement test scores. In fact, children in...

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Is There Room for Music on the Playground?

 “Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education.”  —Yo-Yo...

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Why Theme Your Playground?

Everyone wants a playground that is truly one-of-a-kind; one that stands out from all the others. You want children to enjoy a unique and memorable experience they can’t find anywhere else. But let’s face it: It’s getting harder to create a “unique and memorable...

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Parent & Teacher Guide to Keeping Kids Safe During Playtime

Many of life’s lessons are learned on the playground. As a parent, teacher, or caretaker, you don’t want to “hover” too much. Kids need room to explore and figure things out on their own! Just as you need to guide your child through learning elsewhere in life, you...

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Poured-in-Place or Loose-Fill? Which is Right for You?

Are you building or upgrading a playground in your community? Or are you responsible for maintaining a play area at your school, civic center, or some other place where kids gather to work off that endless supply of energy they seem to have? Either way, you have...

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Who Can Help Paint Your Playground?

Here at No Fault Sport Group, we get asked a lot who can paint safety surfaces and equipment when it’s time for a playground renovation. Most community playgrounds (whether at a park, school or church) are on tight budgets, so buying supplies and hiring someone to do...

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Why You Should Never Ride Down a Slide with a Child

Spending time with your child on the playground is truly one of life’s simple pleasures. You know these precious years are fleeting, so you want to enjoy them while they last, right? Exploring the playground alongside your child is a great way to enjoy this time...

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Which is Safer? Rubber or Wood Mulch?

From city parks to playgrounds, recycled rubber tire has been an attractive alternative to wood mulch for decades. It keeps kids safe and protects against falls. However, several people have concerns about whether or not there are health risks from exposure to rubber...

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4 Outdoor Trends in Fitness

Everyone knows that spending time outdoors is better for you than vegging out on the couch. Kids and adults who spend more time outside see benefits to both their physical and mental health. With spring right around the corner, there’s no reason to be cooped up in the...

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Is Poured-in-Place Rubber Safety Surfacing Actually Safe?

You probably already know that poured-in-place (PIP) rubber surfacing is the most popular playground surface choice for city parks and school playgrounds. The reasons are many. PIP safety surfacing gives you color, designs and theme options that are eye-catching (to...

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Designing a Playground for Children Who Are Blind

The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization that serves the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and veteran communities. The Chicago Lighthouse wanted a safe, resilient, durable surface for their children’s solarium/play area, which was...

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Trike Paths Give Kids Safe Avenue to Explore

Tricycles are a great way for toddlers to explore the world around them. However, neighborhood sidewalks aren’t usually the safest place for small kids and their tricycles. Driveways in front of our homes don’t often give kids enough space to discover either. Even if...

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Danger or Risk? Do You Know the Difference?

A top priority for those of us who create industry-leading playground safety surfacing is minimizing the risk of injury. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t understand the importance of active, adventurous playtime that allows kids to challenge themselves, discover...

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Renovating Your Playground on a Budget – Part 2

This is the second post of the two-part series on renovating playgrounds on a tight budget. It looks at a number of ways to find the funds necessary to make improvements. Funding shouldn’t be a barrier in order to provide kids with a quality play space. But let’s be...

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Renovating Your Playground on a Budget – Part 1

No Fault Safety Surface installed for Arkansas Children’s Hospital Playground in Little Rock, AR This post is the first of a two-part series on renovating playgrounds on a tight budget. It addresses the need for planning. Part 2 will examine a number of ways to fund...

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