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Why Inclusive Play is Important – Landscape Structures Inclusive Playgrounds

This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Boys Climbing in Inclusive Playground

Why Inclusive Play Is Important

I remember the painful thoughts that ran through my mind when Aidan was diagnosed with Autism, and then again when Lilly’s diagnosis and weak muscle strength began.  Would they be able to make friends and participate in play?  Would they be able to ride a bike?  Would they be able to play with other kids?  These are questions I never imagined thinking about with my oldest son, but they are the never-ending thoughts a parent of children with disabilities has.  When Anthony was a preschooler, I didn’t think twice about spending an afternoon at the playground or think twice about the play equipment, however, when the twins were that age I suddenly needed to think about play structures in an entirely new way.  Which is what makes Landscape Structures Inclusive playgrounds so special to my heart.

Girl at Inclusive Playground

Landscape Structures Inclusive Playgrounds

Kids learn so many life skills on the playground and the foundation of those skills begins at an early age so it is extremely important for children of all abilities to participate in an inclusive play space. Inclusive Play is not just focusing on accessibility,  it brings age, developmental appropriateness, and sensory-stimulating activity into the equation which results in social equity and increasingly diverse social communities.

Lilly’s muscle tone has improved after years of hard work and physical therapy and Aidan’s Autism is high functioning, however I truly believe that the social skills they have now has a lot to do with the inclusive play that they had available throughout the years and now we continue to spend out playground time at Inclusive Playgrounds because I want them to always understand that everyone is made different and beautiful and deserves to be included.

Boy at Inclusive Play Space

3 Important Life Lessons Children Learn on the Playground 

Kids learn how to make friendships by working together and helping one another.

The first place my children made friends, outside of the family, was on the playground. There is something heartwarming about a child being able to run onto the playground and within the blink of an eye, they are jumping around with a group of kids. They help each other and encourage each other to cross the monkey bars or face their fears and go down the high slide. Children learn that working together will make the see-saw work and build sandbox villages faster. They learn that climbing as high as you can is a lot more fun with someone to enjoy the view with.

Kids learn to use their imaginations and collaborate with each other.

The play structure becomes a pirate ship and the slide is a plank into the alligator waters. The climbing dome is a princess castle that is protected by magic. They learn to use their imaginations together and create some amazing play time as each child adds a different aspect to the story.

Kids learn to be leaders and make decisions while celebrating each other.

As they play children learn to make decisions for themselves, which leads them to become leaders and builds their confidence. From deciding who is going to be the captain of the ship to figuring out who is going down the slides together, decisions are made and leaders are built.

Children at inclusive playground

Children learn so much on the playground!  Landscape Structures believes that through inclusive play, kids learn life lessons such as leadership, persistence, support, and empathy.  Which I also believe wholeheartedly making Inclusive Playgrounds so important.

Playground for inclusive play

Find an Inclusive Playground Near You

October is Sensory Awareness Month!  So why not head to a great Inclusive Playground today?  One of our favorite Landscape Structures Inclusive playgrounds is Sims Park in New Port Richey when we are close to home.  We also love to stop at Common Ground Park in Lakeland as a car break on our drives over to Orlando.  Want to find an Inclusive Playground close to you?  Visit the Landscape Structures site and search for the playground that fits your needs!

Inclusive Playground Structure

Tips for Creating a Stress-Free After School Routine

This post is sponsored by Sparkling ICE but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

After School Tips Routine

How to keep After School Time Stress-Free!

Weekday afternoons can be incredibly stressful for both kids and moms.  Between getting homework done, dinner on the table, everyone to their practices and meetups, bathtime, and so on, it sometimes feels like a crazy rat race until they everyone’s head hits the pillow at night.  This isn’t fun for anybody and I hate the thought that my kids are only relaxing and having true quality time with me on the weekends.  So I decided to take some active steps to keep our time together after school stress-free.

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How to Prepare Your Child for Middle School

How to Prepare your child for Middle School

Preparing Child for Middle School 

Starting middle school can be overwhelming for kids. It is natural to be fearful of the known, and the best way to overcome is to be prepared. The best way to prepare your child for middle school is to find out as much as you can about their new school! Below I will share ways to help your child be ready for their big day at school! 

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Box Tops for Education at Sam’s Club – Easy Way to Raise Money for Your School

I receive monetary compensation from General Mills and SC Johnson in exchange for my endorsement of Box Tops For Education.

Easy Way To Raise Money for Schools

Box Tops for Education at Sam’s Club – Easy Way to Raise Money for Your School

Box Tops for Education at Sam’s Club

Many of us parents and our children are gearing up for a new school year. It is time to get organized and one way is to stock up on your children’s favorite General Mills cereals and snack products from Sam’s Club. The added bonus to this is that you get to help raise money for your child’s school with bonus Box Tops for Education.  By purchasing General Mills products and turning in the required box tops, you will be helping your schools receive extra funds while feeding your family.

Box Tops for Education at Sam's Club

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5 Easy Back To School Shopping Tips Every Mom Should Know About!

A huge thank you to Garnet Hill Kids for sending the kids backpacks as part of their Ambassador program.  All opinions are my own.

Back to school shopping tips moms should know

Back to School Shopping Tips

The summer break is just about to end, and most moms are preparing to send their children back to school. The back to school shopping is anything but easy, much less if you have several kids whose school supply lists will put a major dent on your budget. Here are 5 tips that will help you to save a few pennies on your back to school shopping. 

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