Here is some valuable information about playgrounds. No matter how yours is set up, it is designed to promote growth and development by encouraging movement. People are mobile and meant to be on the go. That is their happy state of being. The younger the child, the more the movement, the older the person in general, the less time spent being active.
Original playgrounds were set up so that children could move in every direction:
- Slide – up and down
- Swings – back and forth
- Merry-go-round – around
- Jungle Gym – every direction
The newer playgrounds are quite different but also effective. However, if by any chance you have an old-fashioned one as described above at your school, enjoy. Have fun as you encourage a variety of movement in all directions. How nice it is to know that what others may think is just time off is actually time well-spent.
Movement through space, especially on playground equipment, builds body coordination, muscle strength, and concentration. Not bad for a few hours a week of fun! As you also know, fresh air is the best air of all.