Curvy balance board at the Children’s Centre
Early this week we spotted a couple of Young & Learning’s Curvy balance board at the children’s centre Let’s Get Physical. This was organised by the Cambridgeshire Child and Family Centres. Every week they explore different aspects of children’s development and this week it was all about balance!
The aim of the Let’s get physical session is to encourage children’s physical activity and wellbeing. A healthy body require a good balance between physical and wellbeing which is also vital for readiness for school. The group also offers fun free play with plenty of room for exploration.
Researchers and health professionals define physical well-being as the ability to be fully engaged, on a regular basis, in all developmentally appropriate activities. Activities of preschool-age children that are critical to school readiness require energy, stamina, visual and auditory acuity, and large and fine motor skills.
Children need at least 60 minutes of activity a day (recommended by the NHS Change4Life health programme) to help them stay happy and healthy. They need to do it to burn off energy and help their muscles and bones grow strong. The more active they are the less the chances of having important health problems later on in life.
Modern trends that keeps children sedentary:
- Too much technology and tech-toys and games. They offer great play experiences and fun but they don’t have enough room for a child’s own discoveries and often there’s only one right way of playing with it.
- Modern products that contain or constrain children’s movement (strollers, baby carriers, high chairs, car seats etc,) All of this modern equipment is great to keep children safe in dangerous or uncontrollable environments like moving cars, crowded places, etc but other than that it is recommended that children play on the floor. The floor is a child’s first and best playground, and and experimental laboratory for learning, even from the youngest age 🙂
- Many kids are indoor most of the day, even if there’s parks nearby where they live. Also modern playgrounds and play areas often provide a high level of safety (which is brilliant) but a low level of challenge.
- Parents and/or careers tend to drive kids everywhere instead of walking or biking.
- No risk-takers. No one likes to see a child get hurt, but avoiding physical risk is actually risky. Children are born to take risks and their growth and development depends on it. When children is allowed (with adult supervision) to take risks and make discoveries, stretching their abilities to achieve new things, their brains are being wired with 3 essential values that will carry for the rest of their life: Courage to try, perseverance to try again and independent decision making to make and modify their choices and bring them closer to their goal.
So whenever you have the opportunity, let your children explore, try, experience and conquer. Because in life, experience is the root of all learning!
Check out curvy balance boards here.