the age of two, most children have mastered walking and are ready to progress
on physical and social development. For
this, they need an extensive range of active play. Active play experiences help
young children develop physical literacy.
does physical literacy cycle work? It revolves around the below 3 components.
play” includes both structured and unstructured activities. Structured play for
preschool children means providing them a rich stimulating environment (indoor/outdoor)
and set them free to explore. Pre-schoolers learn
best when they do things, when they are not given any rules to play or win a
game because they have not yet developed cognition of following rules.
toddlers and pre-schoolers, structured play or sports should be conducted with
the motive to drive fun filled learning. What is important here is that they
gain confidence participating in sports/structured play, whether they do it
right or not is secondary as they are still young to have technical sports skill.
In actual, when kids have fun practicing any sports (for ex throwing a ball),
it helps them learn that skill easily at an older stage.
are some benefits of active play:
Helps learn developmental tasks
is a critical need to develop a disposition for outdoor physical activities in
young children. Active play in large areas of grass and steeps encourages all
forms of play. Pre-schoolers can climb up and roll down, hog and jump, throw
out and pick up. Toddlers are can lie, crawl, run and roll. All of
this helps them to widely learn risk-taking, fine and gross motor skills.
Develops social skills
give lots of opportunities to develop confidence and competencies as it
encourages participation of large number of children. They are motivated to
move faster than their friends, work in pairs/teams, develop leadership
qualities, interact with people and perform in front of large audience.
good sport/structured play must have structures/objects that can encourage
children to use to expand their cognition. These structures encourage rich
socio-dramatic play; as it requires children to pay attention to details and reflect
on how to use it. This experience can be further enhanced by incorporating a
concept to the sport.
all know there is something essentially healthy about playing outdoors. It
enables children to enjoy the nature, take fresh air, insource Vitamin D from
sunlight and expend energy. Moreover it
develops disposition for physical activity which is important to stay fit.
Harness the surplus-energy
allows children to release pent-up energy. They need to let off the energy
collected over time and rejuvenate themselves. Engaging children in some active
sports enables children to pursue academic learning with an increased level of