Educational benefits of playgrounds

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Summer is the perfect time to get outside with your children and get active. You can take them for walks, explore your local parks and forests, and seek out the best playgrounds around.
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Whenever I suggest we go to our local playground the boys scream with joy. They love it. 

A playground is great fun for the children, they have a chance to run around and play, but at the same time they're learning too.

I love to see LP trying out the different equipment available at the various playgrounds in our surrounding areas. He goes from swings to roundabouts to climbing frames trying out everything and pushing himself to be brave as he climbs to new heights. 

BP has never been much of a climber but these days he has more confidence and is happy to climb and swing whenever he finds a playground big enough. Although he's 11 sometimes he loves to run around and enjoy just being a child. 

Learning while playing


A few days ago we went for a lovely walk in Wollaton Park where they have a great playground. It has swings, roundabouts, and climbing frames, as well as a zip wire. The boys both love the zip wire, they cling to the swing as they race along the wire. I think it's a great way for them to learn. As they speed along the wire and hit the marker at the end they know that they'll swing and slide back to the middle of the wire. They're learning about the movement of things. 

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BP learning about centrifugal force.

The climbing frames are great for pushing boundaries and scaring themselves. They love climbing but LP tends to get scared the higher he climbs and still needs his dad around as security against a fall. BP loves showing off his climbing skills and will try to show his brother how to make particular moves to get further up. 

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BP loves telling his brother what to do.

We've also been teaching LP about swings and how to use them if you don't have someone to push you. It's been slow going but I think he finally got it when we visited the park a few days ago. He managed to swing himself on the swing for around 10 minutes and really enjoyed it. He still needs reminding when to put his feet forward but he's getting there slowly. 

Playgrounds have wonderful hidden educational benefits, I always find the hidden learning is the best. The children are learning about momentum and physics and all kinds of different things while they're having real fun. When they climb on a rope wall they know it will swing about because it's not solid, like wood, and when they step onto the wooden frame at the top they know they're more secure.

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BP learning about growing!!


Playgrounds in Schools


The whole learning thing makes me think it's great when a school gets a brand new playground. With climbing frames and slides, and new ways to explore the outdoors the children get to have a brilliant learning experience while having fun at school

I'll be suggesting to LP's school that they take a look at Infinite Playgrounds, who offer a consultancy to design your playground for you. On their website they have a great list photos of the playgrounds they've already done and there's even one in Nottingham! I'm too scared to show it to the boys because I think they'll be disappointed that their school doesn't have one! 

While I was browsing on the Infinite Playgrounds site I also noticed that they do canopies too. The canopies are fun and colourful and offer some shade from the sun in the summer months. This means the children could spend more time outside learning.

If I had the space (and money) I'd have a canopy and playground installed at home for the boys.

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28 comments:

  1. I LOVE playgrounds and I don't even have children! We're fortunate to have a brilliant one in our local park which is quite rare for London and I love taking our niece and nephew or godsons there X

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    1. Aw that's so great. I don't think playgrounds are just for children (at least some of them anyway) I enjoy playing too, especially on the swings. :)

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  2. Brilliant! Another excuse (as if we needed one) to go to playgrounds more often. I love them - especially those creatively designed ones using wood and natural materials. Ideal to introduce children to lots of concepts in physics, I would have thought. I see Infinite Playgrounds design whole outdoor classrooms, so there's a lot more scope for more outside learning! #PoCoLo

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    1. I totally agree, the creative playgrounds are great and the kids seem to enjoy them more because they're not the same old things. I love the Infinite Playgrounds website and can't wait to point LP's school at them, I hope they get something like that at the school because I think the kids will love it! xx

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  3. I don't enjoy taking J to the park yet as there are very few that have any equipment for his age, but in a year or two I know they will be frequented regularly! This park looks great fun and you are right there are plenty of hidden learning opportunities that I have never really considered before! #PoCoLo

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    1. They can be a bit daunting for younger children, LP didn't used to like playgrounds at all but as soon as he could walk around unassisted and climb of his own free will he was off! I'm sure J will love it just as soon as he's old enough. :) xx

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  4. I hadn't really thought about how educational playgrounds are. They are so important aren't they! All sorts of development going on for our kids as well as the social interaction. Tor x #Pocolo

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    1. It's funny isn't it Tor? Until you actually think about it you don't realise they're educational as well as fun! And yes, the social interaction is just as important as the other stuff. xx

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  5. we're very fortunate to have a fantastic playground not far from us. Its a great way to get some social interaction for her now that school is out. #pocolo

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    1. That's great Jeremy. It makes a huge difference having playgrounds close by when school is out, they don't miss their friends quite so much then. :)

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  6. Oh yes! Parks are definitely so educational! My little man has loved the park since he was big enough to be sat in a swing. But now he is 22 months and is so independent now. It amazes me every time we go the confidence he displays. He just wants to be able to do it all! We are lucky we have a lovely park by us which is just right for his age and a sprung-floor. Thank you for hosting. #PoCoLo

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    1. Aw that's so great Rebecca! I always love to see the little ones running around trying out all the equipment! :)

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  7. Both of my kids love the park and we're really lucky to have several within walking distance. The school my oldest goes to also has some great play equipment with tunnels and all sorts, my youngest loves going for a quick play there whenever we go to pick her brother up.
    #PoCoLo

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    1. Wow, that sounds great. I remember when LP used to do that when I picked BP up from school. :)

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  8. I totally agree that anything can be made educational with a little thought. Fun while learning, or should that be learning while having fun is such a positive thing, especially outdoors! #pocolo

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    1. Totally agree Karen. I think children learn more too when they think it's fun. :)

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  9. Hi Morgan, I totally agree that learning can be fun and I believe that children (and adults) learn better when things are fun. Having a decent playground in school will also help children to burn of energy whilst having fun, making them more likely to learn in the class room. Sounds like a win, win situation to me..... Goodluck!

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    1. Exactly. The burning off energy is definitely a benefit too! :)

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  10. Playgrounds has been a life saver for me since I started being a mother haha. A place where I meet fellow mothers who are trying to burn those extra energy the kids have! Place to go to think while my son is just a few meters away and those fences makes me feel better even if my mind wander off farther. #pocolo

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    1. That's great Merlinda, and I'm guessing it's where you snap some of your gorgeous photos too. :)

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  11. Oh we're living in playgrounds and the moment so this is lovely to read. I can see my little one taking in a lot from the children around her so it must be great for their development and of course a little break for Mummy. Thanks so much for hosting #pocolo

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    1. It's so lovely to watch the little ones learning from the older ones. And sometimes the other way around. LP is the adventurous one, which in turn makes BP try to copy just so he's not the one who can't do it! :)

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  12. In the UK we regularly forget the edudcational benefits of being outside at all. I'm looking forward to our little boy being old enough for playgrounds, learning about nature & using the outdoors as his own playground :)

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    1. I agree Kay, the outdoors is full of learning opportunities. LP has learned so much because he's an outdoorsy boy. He loves coming in covered in mud... he's learned that I don't like mud on the carpet very much! Haha. ;)

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  13. we have the most amazing playground at the school I teach at in Dubai, climbing walls, spider web nets to climb, slides and swings as well as a section of other equipment, my eldest child had a climbing equipment at his uk government school, but middle child just had access to low level equipment, at my son's boarding school in the UK they had such a variety of equipment including zip wires

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    1. Oh boy that sounds amazing Suzanne, I think my boys would love it! My two certainly love those zip wires and are eager to give them a go whenever they see them. :)

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  14. It's true, you can put learning into everything we do even playing - at work they'll call it gamification or some other fancy word. And ouch re the bumped head, but that's a way of learning about growing like you said! Looks a fab place :) #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks Steph, I remember that word "gamification" ugh, I do hate words like that!
      It sounds awful but the bumped head thing was quite funny because he'd just been laughing because he's nearly as tall as me. I told him he's "never too big for a clip around the ear" as my nan would say! And that's when he went down the slide and bumped. There's definitely a lesson there! hehe.

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