Age appropriate play

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN 6+ YEARS


• Gross motor skills ABC: Agility, Balance and Coordination

• “Rule play” scenarios

• Friendships


UNFOLDING PHYSICAL EXCELLENCE

Children in this age group seem able to do and learn almost anything. Physically, children now have the same proportions as adults and their proprioception and sense of balance grow better every day.

School-age children can master basic coordination skills such as running, climbing, balancing, etc. Because their range of skills is so broad, it’s important to offer a wide diversity of agility and coordination challenges.

RULES PLAY RULES

Children aged 6 to 12 grow an increased understanding of other people through conversation and cooperation, among other things.

They can manage play in bigger groups and gradually grow from role-play to “rule play”.

Games with rules are popular and school children enjoy positive competition. Through games with rules they learn to win and lose in a balanced manner and to be considerate of others. But they also strive to exceed their physical comfort zones to gain even more skills, which should be considered when planning the playground.

ACTIVE LEARNING

Recent research shows that important life skills are learned easily through play. Waiting for your turn may be hard in the classroom but turns out to be much more understandable in the playground.

Outdoor play environments with age-appropriate, varied play challenges this age group and assist their concentration and readiness to learn.


Play Tower with Track Ride, Physical, Plastic Slide

This roomy, turning and tilting piece is a great on its own or in groups of 2-3, for seating, for teenagers:

MOTOR SKILLS, such as balance, cross-coordination and proprioception when spinning, tilting

MUSCLE SKILLS, such as legs and core, when flexing to stay on the spinning, tilting piece

BONE DENSITY when jumping off

 

Play values

Physical

Social/emotional

Cognitive