Active Play in Early Childhood: A Journey to Healthy Development
Research tells us that active play is more than just fun; it’s a critical part of early childhood development. Studies have shown that children who engage in regular active play experience significant benefits for their physical, cognitive, and emotional growth.
The Superpowers of Active Play
It promotes muscle and bone development, improves balance, and enhances coordination. It’s the foundation of a healthy and active lifestyle.
It fosters creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. It encourages curiosity and the exploration of the world around them.
Through this approach, children learn to manage emotions, build resilience, and develop self-confidence. It’s an essential tool for dealing with stress and anxiety.
Playing with others teaches teamwork, negotiation, and communication. It helps build strong relationships and the ability to work well in groups.
At Journey, we understand the importance of active play as it gives children the freedom to move at their own pace and in their natural ‘stop-start” pattern. Our dedicated educators plan activities that inspire curiosity and keep little ones moving, all in a safe space where children can run, jump, climb, and explore the world around them. This way, we create an environment where active play is not only encouraged but celebrated!
We believe that the healthy habits children develop in early childhood can last a lifetime. By embracing play-based learning, we’re sowing the seeds of an active, joyful, and balanced life. It’s all about building a strong foundation for their future. If you’d like to explore more about how we incorporate active play into our curriculum or have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to support you every step of the way!