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Helping St Tudy Playing Field

Struck by the rather sad equipment at St Tudy Playing Field I was pleased to take advantage of a scheme through the One Family Foundation. Customers can nominate projects dear to their heart. 

I was delighted that our project in memory of Claire to provide new play equipment was selected and we are now battling it out for votes. Why do I feel so passionatley about play equipment and being outdoors? 

Active lifestyles are so important these days and to embed play at an early age , taking advantage of being outdoors will really make a difference to well being.

Playgrounds play an essential role in the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children right from the stage of early childhood. It is a natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others. Play also allows children to be creative. It even provides a platform to build a healthy parent-child relationship.

The amount of time children spend outdoors in playgrounds has rapidly decreased in the last ten years and it is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure that children of all ages are getting a good amount of exercise.

With the introduction of computers and game consoles, children are becoming used to staying indoors and only interacting through screens and monitors. However, it is essential that children get outdoors both for their health and well-being.

Playgrounds are more than just fun places for your child to spend free time. They can help all kids—especially those with learning and attention issues—develop important skills. Amanda Moine has described why.

Swinging

Swinging is a basic playground activity that can aid your child’s development in many areas. It helps with balance and teaches him to know where his body is in space. And it also gives him practice with fine motor skills (gripping the chain), gross motor skills (pumping his legs to swing higher) and coordination (putting it all together). What’s more, swinging helps the brain learn to make sense of speed and direction, which may be beneficial for kids with visual-perception issues.

Climbing

Climbing playground equipment can help your child’s development. The same is true for climbing trees. Here’s why: In order to climb, your child needs to build an awareness of where his body parts are and what he can do with them. Climbing helps make him aware of directions (like up, down, left and right). Climbing also encourages problem solving and predicting what’s going to happen. For example, your child may wonder, “Where should my right foot go next? How will I get down from the top?” This kind of flexible thinking can help on the playground and in the classroom.

Playing on Overhead Equipment

Playing on overhead equipment, like monkey bars, helps your child develop both fine and gross motor skills. He’s practicing little movements (gripping the bar) as well as big movements (swinging from one bar to the next). Equipment like this is great for kids who have trouble with motor planning. Learning to move one hand at a time from bar to bar can help your child practice coordination and balance. He’ll also learn how to judge where the next bar is in relation to his body.

Having Free Play

Free play can mean anything from organized games to just running around with other kids. But it’s not just goofing around. Free play helps your child learn to communicate with other kids and practice conversation and vocabulary. Playgrounds can help him learn how to follow and change rules, share, and take turns as he makes up games with the other kids. These kinds of social interactions can also help your child practice picking up on social cues like body language and tone of voice.

Playing Ball Games

Games like kickball, tetherball, Whiffle ball and four square all help with kids’ development. As your child figures out how to hold on to, manipulate and throw or kick a ball, he’s practicing motor coordination skills. And as he develops strategies about where he should throw the ball or whether it’s time to run to the next base, he’s working on critical thinking and problem solving.

The full extract is here:

https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/child-social-situations/p...

If you would like to vote for our project please cut and paste this link in your browser:

https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/st-tudy-playing-field-playground/

Thanks to the One Family Foundation for this great opportunity. 

 

St Tudy Playing Field