Low Cost, High Activity Playgrounds


This course looks at the value of playgrounds and how they can contribute to the recommended 60 minutes daily of physical activity for children.   We explore the concept that playgrounds needn’t  have to be expensive to get kids active.  In fact, upper elementary students rarely play on play structures at all.  This session will cover alternatives to the typical playground structure and the research behind the effectiveness of alternative playgrounds strategies like portable equipment, loose equipment, painted playground markings, and natural playgrounds.


1. Participants will understand that playgrounds need not be expensive to get children physically active.
2. Participants will understand how playgrounds can contribute to children’s overall physical activity at school.
3. Understand how reaching 60 minutes daily of physical activity can contribute to overall health and academics.
4. Explore different types of playground options.

Course Description

This course is divided into 4 areas of instruction.

A) Introduction and Overview about what research indicates about increasing children’s physical activity levels.

Section 1 discusses how “loose equipment” increases children’s physical activity levels.

Section 2 looks at playground markings (hopscotch courts, basketball courts etc) contributed increasing physical activities levels on playgrounds.

Section 3 talks about the critical role schools can play in children reaching the recommended 60 minutes a day in physical activity.

Section 4 explores the varies strategies for increasing children’s physical activity level on playgrounds.

Target Audience:

The Low Cost, High Activity Training is designed to introduce administrators, teachers, substitute teachers, physical educators, parents, after school personnel, and parks personnel to the concept of Low Cost Playgrounds that encourage physical activity.

Learning Materials:

The following learning materials are available for download at the conclusion of the course:

Pedometer Information Sheet
Kids Pedometer Information
Steps in the Right Direction
We Count Pedometer Program Sample Pack

The Low Cost, High Activity Playground Online Course results in a Professional Development verification Certificate listing Hours and Completion upon passing course quiz.


Founder/President Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from U.C.L.A. She has a MS and BS in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton. She holds a K-12 teaching credential in Kinesiology and Health. She holds a K-16 Administrator Clear Credential from UCLA.

Dr. Bossenmeyer taught for 27 years at public, private schools, and universities. She was a site principal and County Office Administrator as Director of Professional Development.

She is an expert witness in cases involving supervision and injuries on playgrounds in school settings.

She has authored 5 books on playgrounds and physical education. She has served on a variety of National Committees and State Boards on playgrounds and physical education.


School, District and County volume discounts available call 951-245-6970.

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