UNFOLDING PHYSICAL EXCELLENCE
Children of the technological age behave differently to previous generations. Their pleasures and pressures are totally unlike the comparatively simple yet energetic activities their parents enjoyed. Joined to a screen it affects their physical activity levels, which have steadily been declining over the last decade or so.
The World Health Organization recommends at least one hour’s vigorous activity a day for the over six-year olds. Far too many fail to meet this recommendation. What they don’t do today will shape all their tomorrows, so the urge and need for attractive, motivating physical activity has never been greater.
School-aged children crave energetic challenges, and if they are there, they will be used. They love activities that feed into their modern play perspective. The motivation of exciting and contemporary features makes them go on climbing, balancing and jumping. It may seem like pure play, but these physical moments are vital to developing motor skills, muscles and cardio.
These six years represent one of the greatest periods of advancement in a lifespan. It is a very precious time and not to be squandered. It marks the evolvement from child, through tween, to the formative era of adolescence, that are the teenage years.
FROM ROLE TO RULE PLAY
Games with rules, be it Tic-tac-toe or Tic-Toc dances, are hugely popular and introduce children to enjoying positive competition. Through games with rules they consider others and learn to take turns and the vital values of knowing how to win, and lose. Important lessons in sportsmanship as well as in life. They encourage conversation and discussion and push physicality to new limits and through this advance personal development on every level.
ACTIVE LEARNING OF LIFE SKILLS
Research shows that important life skills are acquired easily through play. Waiting for your turn on a popular feature for instance, combines empathy and patience. It is a quality that is transferred back into the classroom and then into life in general. Outdoor play environments, with age appropriate and varied challenges, assist the concentration and readiness to learn, making the recess amongst of the most valuable times of the day.
The Play Tower with Track Ride offers varied physical and social play for school age kids, with dare devil as well as socializing activities:
MOTOR SKILLS, such as balance, cross-coordination and proprioception when spinning, tilting
MUSCLE SKILLS, such as legs and core, when flexing to stay on the spinning, tilting piece
BONE DENSITY when jumping off