In line with our Forest School Status, we are continuing
to work on creating a more natural environment in our playground.
Play is a vital activity for healthy child
development. In addition to being fun, appropriate play activities enable
children to develop physical fitness, muscle coordination, balance, and
confidence. Play also enables them to develop appropriate behaviours that will
be useful to them throughout their lives. It often improves their academic
performance as well.
Natural playgrounds for children contain elements that
are part of nature or are made from natural materials, such as trees, shrubs,
grass, logs, stones, sand, water, wooden structures, and trails. They contain
space for children to run and play as well as natural and prefabricated
materials which are movable and can be manipulated. The materials enable
children to construct new objects and express their creativity.
Natural playgrounds help children to develop other
beneficial behaviours in addition to physical skills. These behaviours include
social skills, cooperation, and the ability to solve problems. In addition,
natural playgrounds stimulate a child’s imagination and creativity more than a
traditional playground. Natural playgrounds may also help children to
appreciate nature and to learn about their environment.