ESP Play recently carried out some research with Liverpool John Moores University about childhood obesity. They found that in a child’s PE lesson at school 68% is spent stationary. I think that is ridiculously high, especially when PE lessons aren’t that long or regular. I know the school Lucas is meant to be going to in September take exercise seriously and really encourage it for both the children’s physical and mental wellbeing. They encourage children to keep wellies and trainers at school so they can go on a daily walk, whatever the weather. There are also so many extra curricular activities that he can join such as football, tennis, tag rugby, dance, cross country, hockey, cricket, judo, fencing, gymnastics, dance, multi sports, gardening and archery! I love the variety that is offered to help children find an active activity that they like and will want to pursue.
We are currently exploring the Dordogne in France and Lucas has been really enjoying the outdoor play equipment we have been finding in various villages. We have seen how much his confidence has grown, navigating his way through obstacles and wooden climbing frames.
We’ve also spotted a few multi use games areas which look fab for bringing the children together to play football, basketball or tennis and it’s so nice when these are positioned near a communal swimming pool. It’s lovely to see these resources available to the communities for free, allowing children to play and develop skills.
“Play involves children developing skills in using their bodies, promoting strength, co-ordination and agility,” explains a spokesperson for the Pre-school Learning Alliance. “Through play children form relationships, learn how to make friends, be sociable, share and take turn. In this way they develop an understanding of others and learn to feel empathy, responding appropriately to the needs and feelings of others.
Are your children naturally active or do they need some encouragement through play?