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Movement Helps Keep Holiday Stress to a Minimum

It’s almost like holidays and stress go hand and hand…travel, tight timelines, so much preparation and, of course, no time for yourself. Many of the stressors are out of our control but some aren’t, and we can work to improve the things we can! Exercise, time outdoors and movement have long been helpful in reducing stress and helping us stay healthier and happier. This blog by The American Heart Association gives some helpful, simple tips to take stress levels down ...

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Outdoor Spaces for the Win

Spending time outdoors is important for both mental and physical health. People are more active when they are outside and children learn better. There is Vitamin D and it’s a sensory-rich environment. Active communities do better. This may seem like an obvious statement but hear us out. They do better in ways that are above and beyond obesity rates and high blood pressure scores, although those are better as well. Research shows that active communities have lower unemployment scores ...

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Step Outside for Learning!

Being outdoors with room to move, learn and be together, apart, is the place to be right now. We're feeling pretty inspired by the need to create these outdoor learning spaces and thinking beyond the classroom walls. Check out our latest in outdoor classroom, fitness and music exploration...we hope it will move you as much as it moved us! Learn more about Burke's Outdoor Classroom designs!

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Music and Mental Health

“Music can heal the wounds that medicine cannot touch.” (Debasish Mridha) I had been so excited to write about Burke’s amazing PlayEnsemble line this month. I teach K-5 general music and couldn’t wait to plan engaging lessons for my students using the outdoor instruments this spring; lessons I could share with other music educators and park and rec departments. We were going to jam, play our favorite songs, play along with recorders and ukuleles, spread joy; but then COVID-19 had ...

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Ways to Make A Playground Inclusive for Everyone

All children deserve access to a space where they can learn new skills and further develop pre-existing ones. Few designers, however, consider children of all abilities while they are designing a playground. This leads to some children being alienated from others and their chance to learn essential skills while playing. Since no one wants to see a child left out, this article aims to educate designers and parents alike on not only the importance of inclusive spaces but also ...

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