Endless Play, Endless Fun, Endless Benefits!

Endless Play, Endless Fun, Endless Benefits!

Encouraging play supports every aspect of a child’s growth and development, from baby to adult; even adults love to play when they allow themselves the freedom to do so!  So we could say play plays an important role in life from birth to death! Poet Pablo Neruda once wrote,

“A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn’t play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.”

Play helps to build new language, physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. Different stages and types of play have different roles in child development.

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The Benefits of Storytelling

Reading

Storytelling has stood the test of time, and within many schools, reading takes priority over all home learning. In the current situation, reading and learning to tell and adapt stories can benefit both children and adults while assisting homeschooling.

We all love stories, whether a fascinating story around a campfire; an exciting tale of heritage and history, passed down through the generations; an enjoyable novel on holiday or listening to a child’s first go at stringing events together in an accurate or amusing traditional or personal tale.

Storytelling is a celebration of all things story: from adventure stories to traditional tales, from mysteries to science fiction. Stories inspire the imagination and record histories from modern-day to the distant past. Storytelling supports the acquirement of so many skills from baby, through to child and onward into adulthood. It provides a holistic approach to personal development, building upon vocabulary, memory, imagination, emotional awareness and informing physical, spiritual and intellectual understanding.

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Climbing: The Physical and Mental Benefits

Climbing: The Physical and Mental Benefits

All children love to climb and explore, whether it’s scampering up a tree, scaling the sides of an adventure play tower, clambering on a bench or just scrambling up a rock to look around. In fact, you could even go as far as saying that from babies to adults, we just love to climb. It allows children to easily see their world from a new and different perspective and challenges those who dare to reach exhilarating heights.

Climbing certainly enables children to go on a journey of discovery where they will learn to make decisions, solve problems and to take risks at the same time as developing physical strength, balance and agility. Climbing provides great all-around exercise as it uses so many muscles in the body, as well as engaging numerous parts of the brain! It also creates improved self-esteem and independence as children learn to successfully set their own targets and plan and adapt their own routes.

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Playground Inspection Checklist

Playground Inspection

Regularly inspecting both the equipment and the grounds of a playground installation ensures it remains a safe place for children to play and have fun. It helps to plan and follow a timetable of regular playground inspections, which then results in any required maintenance work or preventative actions being detected and implemented as soon as possible.

In an educational setting, playgrounds should be inspected by a responsible member of staff on a daily basis, or before less regular use, to ensure that the playing space remains safe. However, a more detailed, scheduled, regular maintenance inspection should always take place. This can be easily set up and carried out in-house by your establishment and then any advice sought regarding any maintenance work required.

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Get Comfy, World Book Day is on the Horizon

World Book Day

Celebrate World Book Day this March

At Schoolscapes we truly understand the importance of reading and learning from books all the year around. But, we particularly love to join in with this fun celebration of books and reading for World Book Day on 5th March 2020, alongside all the schools, nurseries and families out there! For many, this provides an opportunity to celebrate authors, illustrators, poets, books of all types and genres and more importantly just the power of reading!

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