NRO870

Suspension Bridge

The Suspension Bridge attracts children to practise their balancing skills, running back and forth repeatedly. A main part of the attraction is the responsiveness of the bridge planks, for every step the child takes, important physical skills are trained to maintain balance, strengthen bone density and muscles in legs, feet, core and arms. For less trained bridge-walkers, the side beams add support. Running or walking the Suspension Bridge is a social experience. Children feel the movements of the other children on the bridge. This feature adds to the physical challenge of keeping the balance when passing the Suspension Bridge. It additionally spurs cooperation, negotiation, turn-taking and consider-ration. These are important social-emotional life skills when making friends through play.