Binghams Blog #2

26th May

 

The importance of outdoor activities & playground games in schools!

 

With the huge increase in online gaming and “anti” social media, getting youngsters to interact and play outside is becoming a difficulty!

 

No one can argue with the fact that any school or parent wants what is best for their children, so we should be doing everything possible to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle, be it through fun Multi Use Games Areas, or sports education.

 

Play time is a cherished and exciting part of childhood and should be encouraged in schools. It offers important learning and developmental benefits for children and the opportunity for parents and teachers to fully engage with the children.

 

Being outside is a massive, exciting sensory experience for children, bringing the best out of them.

 

The great outdoors provides children with a multitude of exploration opportunities, so we should be doing our best to encourage this and create child friendly play surfaces and games areas for children to embrace, run around and play on.

 

As we strive to create the optimal developmental environment for children, it remains imperative that play be included along with academic and social-enrichment opportunities and that safe, fun environments be made available to all children. 

 

Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.

 

By committing to learning both inside and outside the classroom, schools are able to teach children that learning occurs everywhere, at all times and not just when a book is open, and a pen is in a hand.

 

 

Benefits of outdoor activities for children!

 

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High-quality outdoor learning experiences are proven to develop reflective and inquisitive thinking along with problem-solving approaches in ‘real’ situations, while encouraging holistic development of children.

 

Developing resilience and adaptability in occasionally adverse circumstances, allowing children to become more able to identify hazards and risks.

 

Being able to develop self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem, while boosting collaborative-working and communication skills.

 

Providing positive health benefits – both physically and mentally – and assist gross and fine-motor development. Through physical activity and challenges, being outdoors helps children sleep, eat, and live more healthily. This encourages them to form healthy habits for life.

 

 

Why is play so important?

 

Childs play is integral to the academic environment. It ensures that the school setting attends to the social and emotional development of children as well as their cognitive development. It has been shown to help children adjust to the school setting and even to enhance children’s learning readiness, learning behaviors and problem-solving skills.

 

Key benefits of Childs play include, but are not limited to;

 

Ability to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. 

 

Important to healthy brain development. 

 

Learning to engage and interact in the world. 

 

Conquering their fears.

 

 Develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges. 

 

Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills. 

 

In contrast to passive entertainment, play builds active, healthy bodies, which is one important strategy in the resolution of the obesity epidemic. 

 

Child driven play allows them to practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue. 

 

Perhaps above all, play is a simple joy that is a cherished part of childhood!

 

 

Creating an engaging outdoor environment!

 

By having a range of different features such as bright colours and creative floor markings, you are keeping kids interested and stopping them from getting bored.

 

Usually, boredom is one of the main things which lead kids to start misbehaving. By creating an engaging environment, you are less likely to see children picking on others.

 

Some ideas of things you could include on the playground include:

 

The daily mile track system.

 

Fitness trials.

 

Number and word games.

 

Multi use games area markings.

 

Interactive activity markings (hopscotch etc).

 

 

What's not to like?

 

There are so many different options to choose from!

 

 Creating a diverse play area helps keep children entertained during break times. 

 

This is just one way of improving playground behavior in schools and there are many more things you can do.

 

We have a variety of playground surfaces and markings available, so if you want to make your schools more exciting and encourage a healthier active child, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

 

 

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