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Happy Thanksgiving!

May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year!

Need some help getting the kids excited for Thanksgiving? Check out these fun, festive activities HERE

Please note the Play! by Crozier office will be closed on Monday, October 13th and will reopen on Tuesday, October 14th.  We will respond to all messages as soon as possible upon our return.

Wishing you peace, love and happiness on Thanksgiving and always!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Play leader adds to offerings with interactive fountain systems company

PlayCore Holdings, Inc. (PlayCore), a leading provider of play and recreation products and services, announced that they are acquiring Fountain People, Inc. and its aquatic playground division Water Odyssey.

Founded in 1987, Fountain People is a leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of architectural and interactive fountain equipment and systems. Their Water Odyssey Division was established in 1996 to provide the market with the highest quality aquatic playground equipment available. As a result of the acquisition, Fountain People and Water Odyssey will become a part of PlayCore’s Aquatics Group. Day-to-day operations will continue from Fountain People’s office and manufacturing facility in San Marcos, TX.

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Respected play authorities pen 'Words On Play' to raise awareness on value of play

Albert Einstein once said, “play is the highest form of research.”

It seems the great physicist/philosopher was correct. Research shows that the simple act of playing offers numerous benefits for children, families and communities alike. Children are at their highest level of development when they are playing; making play an essential part of their growth and overall happiness.

Knowing how critical play is for healthy physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, PlayCore, whose mission is to advance play through research, programs and partnerships, is promoting the value of play through the Words On Play Guidebook.

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Does your playground meet the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design?

“Beyond disability, there are abilities; beyond accessibility, there is inclusion.” - Keith Christensen, Faculty Fellow at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Studies show that youth with physical disabilities have a 4.5 times higher rate of physical inactivity compared to their peers. This statistic, combined with the U.S. Department of Education’s findings that 85 out of 1,000 children between the ages of 3 and 21 are living with one of the following disabilities: Physical, sensory, multiple disabilities, chronic health impairment, social/emotional, communication, cognitive; goes to show the importance of providing inclusive play.

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How active play (and playgrounds) help children become physically literate 

When it comes to children learning the basics, reading, writing and arithmetic have always been the staple foundational skills to teach. But with increasing childhood obesity rates as a result of rising inactivity among today’s youth, many Canadian parents and educators are jumping aboard the physical literacy movement.

A person who is physically literate is defined by PHE Canada (Physical & Health Education Canada) as an individual who moves with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.

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Play! by Crozier foursome golf team is back on the greens September 12th for this summer's second fun golf day by the Ontario Park Association (OPA). This time, Play! is golfing in the 5th Annual OPA Equipment Education and Golf Forum, held at the beautiful Legends on the Niagara golf course in Niagara Falls, ON.

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Schools: Build your perfect playground by applying for funding today!  

Playtime is usually the favourite part of a child’s school day. Outdoor play is a time for them to decompress and is vital for their fun and imagination as well as health and wellbeing. It is part of their ‘work/life balance’. A well-designed playground is often the first place that children begin to develop social skills and it is where they learn valuable lessons about trust, teamwork and following the rules.

For more than 30 years, Play! by Crozier, a leader in playgrounds, splash pads, sports goals and site amenities, has created fun and inclusive play spaces where kids can learn and be active. Knowing the importance of active play in schools, Play! by Crozier established the Play! School Grant Program to offer assistance in making this essential childhood element a reality.

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Add the finishing touch with Tuff Forms custom theming products

Tuff Forms by PlayTime is a fun, durable and compliant way to add a theme to your playground. Designed to complement GameTime’s Powerscape and Primetime play systems and the overall play environment, these versatile custom theming products provide the finishing touch to create a signature playscape.

Construct your very own imaginative outdoor play area by choosing from 32 exquisitely detailed and incredibly strong play sculptures including: climbers to enter the play system, links to connect with different sections and freestanding climbers and crawl tubes.

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Inspire imagination with PlayWorx custom themed play systems

Research shows that children learn best in environments where they are free to explore, discover and play. Dr. Joe L. Frost seconded this idea in his 1992 book Play and Playscapes where he stated that "play is the chief vehicle for the development of imagination and intelligence, language, social skills, and perceptual-motor abilities in infants and young children".

Another firm believer in play is GameTime, a division of PlayCore and North America’s leading manufacturer of commercial playgrounds, custom play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment. Enriching the lives of children and communities through play has been GameTime’s top priority since its inception in 1929. Today, they continue to bring people together through play and are changing the way children see the world through their PlayWorx custom play line.

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Child Care Centres: Secure your grant dollars before September 30th

Time is running out to apply to the Play! Grant Program. If you are a registered child care centre looking to create a fun and inclusive play space where kids can learn and be active, submit your application form to take the first step towards making your creative ideas a reality.

Recognizing that play is an essential part of early childhood education, Play! by Crozier a leader in playgrounds, splash pads, sports goals and site amenities, developed the Play! Grant Program offering up to $500,000 in grants to child care centres in Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes. The application deadline is September 30th, however funding is given on a first come basis, so it is recommended to apply now as funds are going fast!

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