Physical play constitutes activities where a child swings, runs, spins, jumps, and climbs. Most people know this type of play is important for children because it makes them physically fit and keeps them healthier. Specifically, when participating in physical play activities, children are increasing muscle strength and endurance, strengthening their bones and boosting their metabolism. They are also working on motor fitness skills such as agility, speed power, balance and coordination.
What might be news to many is that the benefits of physical play go much further than just building muscles and burning calories; it helps develop the brain, regulate anxiety and teaches various important skills.
When a child explores a playground it isn’t just about having fun:
The benefits of physical play are so crucial to a child’s development that it is imperative playground designers ensure children of all abilities have the opportunity to spin, slide, run (or roll), swing, climb, and jump. Playworld Systems’ Inclusive Play Design Guide is chocked full of ideas for selecting equipment and making adaptations that help a designer meet this goal.
Here are a few ideas to incorporate in your playground design:
There are many more ideas included in the Inclusive Play Design Guide. You can download a free copy of the Guide at Playworldsysems.com/inclusiveplay. In the next couple of weeks, PlaybyPlayworld will explore the benefits of other types of play that occur on the playground.
What ideas do you have to ensure that all children have the chance to play on a playground?