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Playground Fun for Sensory Play

Playgrounds support children’s learning, development and kindergarten readiness in many different ways and can stimulate sensory play.

playground fun, learning, and kindergarten readinessUsually when we talk about senses we think of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell but besides these 5, there are 2 other very important senses for the body; the body’s position in space and the sense of movement. At the playground kids get to move in countless ways and try upside down, right side up, sideways, on the ground, above the ground, vertical, horizontal, straight, bent, and more. Occasionally, they may even try a still position.

  • The sense of touch is activated by all the different feels. The metal equipment will be smooth and cold; that made of wood will be rougher. Most times it will be dry, rain can make everything very slippery. The ground may be rocks, wood chips, or grass and all of those feel differently. Sliding and swinging make for light wind on faces. Sand and rocks feel okay when playing but not so great in socks and shoes.
  • There is so much to see on the playground. Shapes, colors, and lines stimulate the sense of sight. Somethings are close and some very far away. The world doesn’t look the same at all when viewed upside down.
  • Voices, birds, traffic going by, kids playing on equipment, and parents calling are sounds that kids can hear. Rocks knock and scratch together when feet walk and run, wood is quieter and feet make hardly any sound on grass.
  • For smell, the playground may smell fresh and clean after the rain, or dry and dusty on hot days.
  • Water tastes so good when bodies are thirsty and snacks are yummy for busy, hungry kids.

playground sensory activitiesSensory stimulation is important for brain growth. Not only are children learning about themselves, others, and their surroundings as they see, hear, taste, smell, touch, and move but they are also practicing how to learn from sensory stimulation. As kids play, brains are making connections and pathways that will be used for other learning too and will help children with kindergarten readiness.

What other ways do kids use their senses on the playground?

Kindergarten Readiness, Children’s Books, and Playgrounds

One of the most important activities that parents and caregivers can do to support children’s learning is to read books and share stories. Did you know that reading 3 or 4 a day, a few times a week adds up to about a thousand in just one year? That makes a tremendous number of brainContinue Reading

Playgrounds Exercise Imaginations Too

Playgrounds are not only fun spaces to play, they are great places for learning and kindergarten readiness too, exercising bodies, brains, and imaginations. In only a few minutes of watching kids playing on the playground, we can see how varied are the places they are imagining. Not all playgrounds have a pole for sliding down,Continue Reading

Playgrounds Are Fun For the Whole Community!

Playgrounds are not just fun and learning for kids, but for the whole community. And kids can feel part of the community at the playground. Today, in our area, there was an outdoors event happening in two local parks, both of which have wonderful playgrounds. There were tables of displays, crafts, and yummy things toContinue Reading

Playground Fun, Learning, and Kindergarten Readiness #9

Playgrounds offer a fun space where children can stretch their own personal fears and overcoming fears is a part of kindergarten readiness and a life-skill. Some children are pretty much dare devils and it’s the parents and caregivers who are scared, but most children will have their own ideas about what is scary and whatContinue Reading

Playground Fun, Learning, and Kindergarten Readiness #8

Playgrounds are great places for fun and learning that will support children’s development, and kindergarten readiness, sometimes in unexpected ways. One of these is learning about opposites. Figuring out opposites can be challenging. Usually, opposites are all of one thing or another, such as up/down, open/close, or empty/full. This kind is easier to learn. OppositesContinue Reading

Playground Fun, Learning, and Kindergarten Readiness #7

While waiting for time in the day to go to the playground or park, kids can draw about it for fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness. Drawing is both a play and a learning activity. When kids are drawing and coloring, they are exercising both muscles and brains. It’s easy to see how children are usingContinue Reading

Playground Fun, Learning, and Kindergarten Readiness #6

As children play on the playground, there are many opportunities for different fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness, including some basic math ideas. Math is not something separate from everyday, and if children are used to math being part of whatever they are doing, they will feel more comfortable and confident with it later on. OneContinue Reading

Playground Fun, Learning & Kindergarten Readiness #5

Celebrating Get Outdoors Day is as easy as going to the playground with your child for some fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness. Surprising as it sounds, children’s achievement in school is influenced by their social confidence. Because playgrounds often have quite a few children all playing and having fun, it’s a great place to supportContinue Reading

Playground Fun, Learning & Kindergarten Readiness #4

Although it seems like a contradiction, for kindergarten readiness and academic success children need to be able to regulate their behavior and have some basic early skills to make friends (Bodrova & Long, 2005). Research is showing that children who are more comfortable socially also have higher marks and those with poor social skills areContinue Reading

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