Playgrounds in schools are as important as books and teachers. A child cannot go without some physical activity which is extremely important for a child’s overall physical and mental development. Playgrounds are misunderstood as places where children just have fun and real education only takes place in classrooms with teachers and books.
However, this is a huge misconception and very dangerous if believed. Playgrounds may look fun and children may have more fun here than in classrooms, but this fun that the students have, is teaching the students some extremely valuable lessons which are very important for everyone in their student life.
Here are the top reasons why playgrounds are a must in schools and you should ensure you have one in place before you open a school.
- To Rejuvenate
During school hours, children need a break from classes to play with their classmates and rejuvenate themselves for the next class. Continuous hours of classroom instruction can exhaust the brain out. A tired brain will not register anything that is being taught and will get further exhausted if not given a break. It is important to give students a break to play around, engage in different activities and get refreshed before they have to sit for classes again.
- To Build Relationships
Playgrounds are the only place where students can openly talk, laugh, play together and make friends. Making friends and building healthy relationships are very important learnings for a student. A playground provides the free and open space for a student to do so. In a playground, a student is free of shyness, teacher hesitation and can be him/herself. So a playground is very important for a student’s social skills.
- Physical Activity
It goes without saying that where there is outdoor playing there is physical activity, which is essential for the physical development of a student. In today’s day and age technology has replaced swings and children are sitting at home playing video games, rather than going out. In such times, a playground in school provides the perfect opportunity for little bit of physical exercise for children.
Playground equipment for schools differs from age group to age group. Primary school children will have playground equipment that will be suitable to their height, weight and mental capabilities and similarly as the age group increases so does the playground equipment so that it is able to contribute to the development and benefit different age groups.
- Mental Growth
When children play in a playground and on playground equipment, they learn skills like survival, problem solving and creativity. They play with each other, compete and figure out ways to win on their own. Everything cannot be taught in closed classrooms and by teachers. There are lessons of survival and problem solving that come out of experience and practical application.
A playground becomes a small demo for facing hurdles and overcoming bigger challenges in life.
Playgrounds are an extremely essential part of school life and in some countries there are laws that do not allow a school to officially open until and unless it has an appropriate space for a playground for students. More and more schools and parents are now stressing on the importance of children going out and playing. Playgrounds also play as the major attraction in making children go to school. They look forward to their time in the playground with their friends and so they also end up attending classes.
As the old saying goes, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, playgrounds are important to develop a child into a confident, happy and creative being