“Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.”
After over a year of lockdowns, parents and families will be heading to playgrounds to give children a bit of relief and much-needed exercise, with social distancing, of course. In addition to following the CDC’s recommendations for Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities, use the following tips to keep children safe and free from injuries on the playground.
Teachers/Providers: Partner with parents and families to ensure children enjoy playtime safely. Start by sharing this downloadable resource:
- E-mail to parents and families
- Share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the Hashtag #MDFamiliesEngage #OutdoorAdventures
- Download, print, and distribute to parents and families
- Place on the family communication board
Parents/Families: Keep in mind that nearly 80 percent of playground injuries are caused by falls.