Play Is Important
In this age of technology, changing family dynamics and social media, more strain is placed on educators to create social interaction, and resilience within our kids.Local, leading Occupational Therapist Kait Cummings, highlights the need to go “Back TO BASICS.”
Medical and educational specialists around the world recognise that “play” has changed and as such its historical importance is being highlighted within our modern day children. Sadly, a risk adverse world has ensured the “cotton wool society” is now well entrenched in these younger generations. Not to mention sedentary lifestyles that are impacting posture, motor skills, and overall physical and social development.
Kait Cummings shares a fantastic article explaining the changes within the modern community and its impact on children, teachers and the family dynamic … She truly is remarkable in her understanding of our children’s needs in today’s modern times: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/files/2014/06/BenefitsOfPlay_LitReview.pdf.
Our team of Aquazone @lakemulwala give you our undertaking to support you and your students, in bridging the gap and putting the “fun” back in growth and development.
Hand on heart, I look forward to discussing with you in more detail, how we can service your school and student’s needs.
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Principle 1: Begin Motor Play Early
The foundation for a healthy, active life begins at birth (and likely before). Movement in early infancy is no longer believed to be entirely involuntary and reflexive. Every kick, grasp, and wiggle is a remarkably complex action that involves the application of both obvious and more subtle physical skills, intellectual and perceptual processes, neurological organization, and an internal motivation to grow and develop.
Principle 2: Make Movement Enjoyable
Research demonstrates the importance of mastery motivation in motor development. Most children from birth to age five show behavioral signs of this drive to accomplish motor tasks and to learn skills: persistence at tasks, facial expressions of determination and delight at accomplishment, or repeated attempts to solve a motor problem, even in the face of failure and frustration.
Principle 3: Attend to Intensity
It is well documented in the literature that children do not spend enough time playing, either indoors or outside. Merely increasing time on the playground, while extremely important, will not ensure that children get the level of exercise they need for healthy development. Studies of both infants and toddlers suggest that movement activities need to be sufficiently intense to promote physical health, greater connections among neurons in the brain, and other developmental benefits.
Principle 4: Integrate Movement Throughout the Day
Research has found that if children move throughout the day, not just during playground time or in physical education, they are more likely to meet recommendations for daily MVPA. Studies show that including movement in all activities of an infant or preschool classroom will not only promote motor skills and fitness, but will contribute to academic achievement and important learning processes. Movement can be included in a toddler story time by encouraging children to enact simple movements of animals in a children’s book.
Principle 5: Help All Children Play
Research on infants and preschoolers suggests that all children, regardless of disabilities, family stressors, or other challenges, want and need to move and play. Girls and boys are equally motivated to learn motor skills, as are most children with special needs. Every child will benefit from active, indoor and outdoor motor play. The key to engaging all children in movement is 41 careful observation of individual needs and tailoring activities and interactions to address these.
Principle 6: Send Play Outdoors
Countless studies have shown that outdoor play from birth to age 5 produces developmental outcomes that simply can’t be achieved indoors. Not only does outdoor play foster more active movement, but also more frequent and coordinated peer interactions than play in indoor spaces.
Principle 7: Advocate for Play to Support Learning
Child development professionals advocate for active motor play for physical and emotional reasons. That play enhances fitness, health, and emotional well-being should be enough to convince policy makers and school administrators that sit-still-and-listen programs are ill-advised. These arguments should induce legislators and other community leaders to commit to the creation of neighborhood playgrounds and community centers that promote motor activity, beginning in infancy.
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