Who said hitting the gym had to mean being cooped up indoors? One of the most vital parts of exercise is breathing, hence why not opt in for fresh outdoor air. The new exciting outdoor gym is almost ready. Just a few more days to go …. more information to follow soon.
While parents are burning those calories, children can also jump on the bandwagon and step away from the video games for a while. Playing outside is not just about fresh air and running around burning energy, it is a vital part of childhood that helps children develop physical strength, coordination and balance, and can also provide opportunities for children to learn and develop:
- Social Skills – when they play with other children they learn to communicate, share, collaborate and empathize with others.
- Imagination and creativity – outside play is often open-ended and children need to be creative about what and how games are played.
- Thinking and problem solving skills – as children assess risks and tackle new challenges they learn about having a go, persistence and perseverance and the success those attributes can bring.
- Sense of self – as they master new skills and play with other children they improve their competence and confidence in their own physical and social abilities.
- Sense of connection – to place, to peers and to their local community and environment.