Journal of Environmental and Public Health / 2012 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

Play Equipment, Physical Activity Opportunities, and Children's Activity Levels at Childcare

Table 1

Physical activity facilities at childcare centers ( 𝑁 = 9 ) and corresponding activity levels children ( 𝑁 = 1 7 5 ).

EquipmentIndoor (Obs. = 710)Outdoor (Obs. = 689)
Not presentPresentNot presentPresent
FrequencyMean activity level (sd)aFrequencyMean activity level (sd)aFrequencyMean activity level (sd)aFrequencyMean activity level (sd)a

Balls0β€”92.36 (.61)0β€”92.82 (.72)
Climbing structures12.36 (.68)82.36 (.60)72.80 (.74)22.87 (.64)
Floor play equipment0β€”92.36 (.61)72.79 (.72)22.96 (.69)*
Jumping equipment42.26 (.49)52.40 (.85)**42.71 (.71)52.93 (.71)**
PortablePush/pull toys62.29 (.55)32.44 (.66)**0β€”92.82 (.72)
Riding toys72.39 (.63)22.30 (.57)0β€”92.82 (.72)
Slides82.29 (.55)12.70 (.76)**62.80 (.71)32.89 (.76)
Sand/water toys42.45 (.67)52.29 (.55)**0β€”92.82 (.72)
Twirling equipment42.32 (.59)52.38 (.62)92.82 (.72)0β€”

Structured track92.36 (.61)0β€”32.71 (.71)62.93 (.71)**
Merry-go-round92.36 (.61)0β€”92.82 (.72)0β€”
Climbing structures12.29 (.40)82.36 (.62)12.67 (.69)82.86 (.72)**
See-saw82.36 (.62)12.34 (.51)52.79 (.72)42.87 (.72)
FixedSlides82.29 (.55)12.70 (.76)**12.67 (.69)82.86 (.72)**
Tunnels92.36 (.61)0β€”52.76 (.70)42.94 (.74)**
Balancing surfaces22.18 (.49)72.38 (.63)**0β€”92.82 (.72)
Sandbox92.36 (.61)0β€”12.67 (.69)82.86 (.72)**
Swinging equipment92.36 (.61)0β€”62.84 (.73)32.78 (.70)

Obs.: number of observations.
* 𝑃 < . 0 5 , ** 𝑃 < . 0 1 .
aActivity level assessed on a scale from 1 to 5. Significance levels of t-tests comparing the activity levels in centers with the equipment being present or not.

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